Linkin Park singers Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington recently shared their thoughts on today's state of rock, stressing how the genre has heavily delved into the pop world in recent years.
"The rock genre has moved into this pop world, it's moved away from loud, aggressive, guitar-based stuff and it's gotten into this indie alternative pop thing. And we're just not comfortable going there right now," Mike said.
Shinoda explained how he told pretty much the same thing to Rakim, the guest rapper on Linkin Park's latest single "Guilty All the Same." "He said, 'That's exactly what I'm going through!' He said he wants to uphold a certain aesthetic and integrity. Rap's gotten into a different place, it's very poppy," Shinoda noted.
During the rest of the chat, the duo discussed how making guitar-heavy music is what fits them the most right now, sharing a great deal of excitement regarding "The Hunting Party." The record is due on June 17 and will be followed by the band's joint Carnivores Tour with 30 Seconds to Mars and AFI kicking off on August 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.