Linkin Park singer Mike Shinoda has stirred up the rock community quite a bit during one of the recent interviews, comparing today's prominent rock acts to "Disney commercial music."
"There's so much stuff that sounds like Haim or Chvrches or Vampire Weekend that I'm full. The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music," he stated.
And now, Chvrches have issued a response of their own, calling Mike's comments a pointless dig, also asking, "What does he have to gain from saying that?"
As Consequence of Sound reports, vocalist Lauren Mayberry called "bulls--t" on Shinoda's claims, noting that it's no "coincidence that he's got a record to sell and he mentions several bands everyone is writing about."
She continued by saying that she doesn't "like being called a corporate sellout by the man who wrote the theme music for the MTV VMAs," also adding how Mike's opinion is "not one I would worry about hugely. It's not my kind of music. They've been on the radio for how long, and I just don't listen to that radio station. That's a smarter move then saying something for a tagline."
Shinoda was quick to respond via official website, stressing that in each of the critical interviews, he stated that he enjoys the work of Chvrches and several other acts, but felt that the genre is becoming saturated with similar acts.
The rest of Mike's post was mostly about bashing journalists and sensationalism in general. "Now, to be clear, it's a journalist’s tendency (if not their main objective) to sensationalize this kind of commentary, and make a fight where there is none. Let's not let them have that," he said.
"I learned a new term this year - 'click bait.' Click bait is when someone titles a piece in a sensationalized way in order to get more clicks. It's what I did with the title of this post.
"There's a lot I could pick apart about the Chvrches interview; after all, the group's singer criticized me for 'saying something that would become a tagline' ... by saying something that became a tagline. (Also notable: the journalist printed the title 'pointless dick' but the actual words were 'pointless dig').
"Lazy journalists will simplify words and start conflicts they don't have to fight in. Cowardly bloggers will take sides based on what other blogs think is cool. In contrast, 'The Hunting Party' is a statement about who we are and what inspires us right now. It's a stab out into an unknown.
"Our fight is with conformity, stagnation, inspiration, and even our own band's complex history. And a big thank you goes out to Chvrches and all the bands whose names I've mentioned, for helping us find direction with this album. Because sometimes, knowing where you don’t want to go is all the direction you need," the vocalist concluded.