Linkin Park 'Get Back To Their Roots'

Co-frontman Mike Shinoda says the rumors of a guitar-heavy album were untrue, but insists the new album is in the spirit of their heyday.

Linkin Park 'Get Back To Their Roots'
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Linkin Park say their new album takes them "back to their roots", but says the press has misinterpreted this to say there will be more guitars. "That's actually been misinterpreted," said co-frontman Mike Shinoda to NME. "What we've actually said is that the record gets back to our roots and it's captured a feeling that we haven't gone after in many years. I think that's gone misconstrued as a return to heavy guitars." Does this mean they will continue down the experimental path seen on "A Thousand Suns"? "I'll say it like this; with 'Minutes To Midnight' and even more so with 'A Thousand Suns', we were making an effort to get away from the sound of the first two records," Shinoda replied. "The reason for that was that we felt if we made a third record that sounded that way, we'd be pigeonholed into doing that forever." If it sounds like the frontman is finding it hard to describe his own music, wait until you read this tool-ish monologue: "I think we got so interested in adding new tools to the toolbox that we forgot what was already in the toolbox. After making a few records which just focused on the different stuff, it became fresh again to go back and use the old tools. It's definitely not going back to our old ways, we've used all the tools in the toolbox." Tools, tools, tools. It sounds like Linkin Park need to jump out of the toolbox and make something human again. Hopefully the new album "Living Things" will live up to its name and do just that.

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    metallicaftwlp
    no no no, it's like saying Metallica are going back to their roots (like kill 'em all) but instead of guitars they're using synths. The ship of good Linkin Park sailed long ago.
    chrisvasco23
    well thanks for giving my hopes up guys, usually when someone says going back to their roots it means going to an old sound in the music world. guess it doesnt now :/
    RC52190
    I like this site but god, the articles get filled with more and more bias every time I read one. Half the time, the writers are bashing the subject they're writing news about. But at the same time, this is all our (the commenters') fault. Because as they've undoubtedly learned by now, the vast majority of the people on here are just whiny infants who want to start internet wars with everyone and no matter what you say to them, they will never be happy. BUT, this means that UG needs to build their site for their target crowd (i.e. The crowd that gives their site the most activity). Because more activity = more bandwidth. And more bandwidth = more advertising. And more advertising = more $$$. I am 99.9% sure this is the reason for the provokingly biased articles. Everything in the world revolves around $$$. Money is power. Power is fear. Fear is control. They win.
    Proud_Stray
    UGtom wrote: Hello, Tom from UG here, I wanted to respond to the comments about bias here. It's not about sharing a personal opinion or trying to be funny -- it's sometimes about holding artists to account for saying stupid things, and that includes Shinoda's flawed comment about using tools in the studio. Pasting his comment on its own doesn't necessarily communicate everything that is really being said. Behind his words would seem to be a lack of coherence and perhaps a strategy to mislead fans into thinking they're 'back on form'. Which may or may not be true. After highlighting the curious nature of his comment, you can decide for yourself.
    It's not your job to "hold artists accountable" or interpret the news you are reporting on, it is the reader's job to interpret the information. It is your job to report the facts and NOTHING ELSE. Any kind of interpretation on your end is bias, any time you ask questions or address the reader by saying "check this out" or "read this part" you are no longer writing a news article, your are writing an opinion piece. Saying "I don't think what this person said makes sense/I think they're being dishonest so I'm going to edit it or leave it out or comment on it while I'm writing" means you are corrupting the information. If you want to write opinion pieces or editorials or have segments like 'It's the End of the Week as we Know It' then fine, but stop touting these biased articles as real news.
    Squidlyboy
    Really dislike how much bias there is in this article against the newer work. I love the old work, but it was repetative and outdone after two albums. If I want to listen to that style, I'll listen to Meteora or Hybrid Theory. I'm glad that there is progression in each album being released, but it doesn't surprise me that a website for guitarists isn't raging hot on it.
    Äkäskero
    People (including Linkin Park themselves) need to just stop talking about their music and let it speak for its self. Release the album and stop talking about which direction or have or haven't taken! It only leads to people getting a false image of what it's going to be into their head, leading to disappointment.
    HighVoltageMT
    I can't believe how horribly biased this article is. Normally I don't say anything, but this is beyond reasonable.
    Cavalcade
    Battman1993 wrote: Jesus UG...does an opinionated 16 year old kid write your articles?
    I wouldn't put that past them.
    its_minchew
    i can appreciate the new work, but I remember back in the day when Hybrid Theory came out. I wore that f*cking cassette out listening to it everyday. Growing up on that, and then going to something like m2m....you can see why i'm more than slightly disappointed with the "new" sound.
    Thecastermaster
    I hope they go back to their roots, since roots are usually buried deep underground far away from our ears.
    CherubRock91
    Why do people moan when a band has changed there sound, and moan once more when a band sounds the same over a lengthy period of time? Bands have to evolve to create new material. If fans of old school LP dislike the idea of synths then they can look elsewhere. LP have grown up, heavy distorted guitars are not the only way to make decent, powerful music.
    Sparky92
    I guess Kerrang! must have been lying then! Their article a couple of weeks back says, and I quote: "Chester Bennington takes K! on a tour of their forthcoming album - and explains how they've learned to love guitars again..." Somebody's got some 'splaining to do!
    Amito
    I heard their new song on the radio the other day, and it seriously just sounds like their last album with synths and no guitar. So disappointing, hopefully the whole album is not like that.
    GREENWARRI0R
    If it sounds like the frontman is finding it hard to describe his own music, wait until you read this tool-ish monologue
    I read this and all I hear is HUR DUR DUR HURRRRR DERP. Not that I like Linkin Park or anything, but stuff like this just reeks of shoddy journalism. The more I visit this site, the more I'm convinced it's a site run by kids for kids.
    eljono123
    Listened to the new recording. sucked. Why in the he** are we using synths when God gave us DRUM KITS and GUITARS. I don't get it but oh well.
    Andyriso
    it's gonna be a thousand suns with mike...won't be listening to these guys anymore
    Scarr777
    UGtom wrote: Hello, Tom from UG here, I wanted to respond to the comments about bias here. It's not about sharing a personal opinion or trying to be funny -- it's sometimes about holding artists to account for saying stupid things, and that includes Shinoda's flawed comment about using tools in the studio. Pasting his comment on its own doesn't necessarily communicate everything that is really being said. Behind his words would seem to be a lack of coherence and perhaps a strategy to mislead fans into thinking they're 'back on form'. Which may or may not be true. After highlighting the curious nature of his comment, you can decide for yourself.
    not be a dick dude, but i have GOT to call you out on this one. There is no "flawed comment" to hold shinoda accountable for... he said they're going to use things they previously used and have since put down in recent times... but its NOT going to be a hybrid theory... duh. there is no hidden meaning or trickery with his words here... saying so is bad media. in all honesty your accountability comment was probably better suited for one of the numerous articles containing one of dave mustaine's "shining moments".
    Zoltan1251
    im waiting.... but first song is bad..... why do they have guitar players in the band when they play like 3 chords over and over..... dont get me wrong, i dont question simplicity but originality of the material.... "we building it up to bring it back down", i mean, really?!
    bornIIhula
    Comeback Kiddd wrote: Im hoping it has a concept like ats or m2m. It made the every song sound better as a whole than just individual tracks with their own thing
    If I wanted something deep and brooding like a concept album I wouldn't be looking to linkin park, dude. There are plenty of bands who do concepts better.
    GREENWARRI0R
    There is nothing wrong with changing your sound. However, just because a band changes their sound doesn't always mean it's going to be good, like in the case with Linkin Park. It's not that I want them to stick to the same sound over and over again, i just want them to make good music.
    Offworld92
    Fuck this article. Just report the news, we don't need your dumb ass commentary on it.
    Minivirus2
    Yes, based on the song you just released, you have used "all the tools." In doing so, you've made a very middle of the road sounding song (I won't say record just yet) with nothing original to it. At least AtS was pushing forward. Now you're just trying to use everything and it's making it sound watered down and uninspired.
    BwareDWare94
    They don't have to go back to their roots to make me happy, but they could record music that can be performed live. I'm sorry, but playing electronic nonsense through speakers is not performing music. There's no chance of messing it up. Let me hear you playing your damn instruments, boys.
    Maestro1600
    Back to their roots? Standing in a record executive's office, with a stylist and a publicist telling them what to do?
    captkarl
    they're getting back to their roots? I think if you told these guys 15 years ago that they would be wearing collared, checkered shirts in their press photos on their way back to their roots that they would have shit a brick. Lets see if they go back to rapping and having gundham wing on their covers. That would be cool.
    catastrofx617
    RC52190 wrote: I like this site but god, the articles get filled with more and more bias every time I read one. Half the time, the writers are bashing the subject they're writing news about. But at the same time, this is all our (the commenters') fault. Because as they've undoubtedly learned by now, the vast majority of the people on here are just whiny infants who want to start internet wars with everyone and no matter what you say to them, they will never be happy. BUT, this means that UG needs to build their site for their target crowd (i.e. The crowd that gives their site the most activity). Because more activity = more bandwidth. And more bandwidth = more advertising. And more advertising = more $$$. I am 99.9% sure this is the reason for the provokingly biased articles. Everything in the world revolves around $$$. Money is power. Power is fear. Fear is control. They win.
    My god, why does this not have more upvotes.
    jtallen0496
    kskero wrote: People (including Linkin Park themselves) need to just stop talking about their music and let it speak for its self. Release the album and stop talking about which direction or have or haven't taken! It only leads to people getting a false image of what it's going to be into their head, leading to disappointment.
    Thank you!!!
    Dewy141
    I love hearing this statement, just because you know that the album isn't gonna come close to their original stuff.
    CapnKickass
    UGtom wrote: Sorry to disagree, but holding public figures to account really is the job of a journalist. Bear in mind how tame the article really is. Of course, the facts are more important than anything, and they're all available in this article. For the record, there is no rule at UG that we submit only facts and no comment. This isn't a broadsheet newspaper. You do remind me of a wonderful quote: "Comment is free, but facts are sacred"
    Whatever these article are, they kinda suck, with the added bs.
    sickassfoo
    metallicaftwlp wrote: no no no, it's like saying Metallica are going back to their roots (like kill 'em all) but instead of guitars they're using synths. The ship of good Linkin Park sailed long ago.
    YES!!exactly what i was going to say. but most bands just say that so people can change their opinioins on them and go out to buy the album. like when metallica released death magnetic they kept saying that it was almost the same as "...and justice for all" to get everyone to give it a chance
    DemonicTurtle66
    Heard the song today, and I'm not a fan. When they said they were going back to their roots I, like many, thought it was going to be more like Hybrid Theory or Meteora. Their new single is too "electronic" for my taste. I don't mind them going in a new direction as artists, but saying "We're going back to our roots" was pretty misleading.
    Rastapunk
    "If it sounds like the frontman is finding it hard to describe his own music" Let me help you, it is S**T
    Minivirus2
    Maikku wrote: All the people who moan about returning to the original sound don't get it. You'd buy the record and be disappointed anyway saying its too repetitive and dull. I think When They Come For Me is speaking to fans, just look at the lyrics and it relates. "once you got the theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first" You ought to stop talking and try to catch up.
    I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm all for experimentation and mixing things up, but I don't fully see the merit in a band completely changing their sound. Will I think their albums sound repetitive? No, because I liked them FOR THAT sound. I listen to any given group because of their sound. If I want something different, I'll listen to another group. That's where diversity comes into play. Something getting old? Find a new band with a different sound. Megadeth for example. I want strait to the point thrash/modern thrash with some decent hooks thrown in. They never felt the need to completely change their sound like Metallica because it's what they do. If sepcific songs are recycled, then yes, it'll get stale. If you're writing new hooks, distinct riffs, using different scales, etc. the music will naturally sound different without having to switch genres.
    BobbyFlamingo
    didnt mind m2m cuz it wasnt TOO MUCH different, it was just more rock, theres were at least a couple songs i enjoyed. ats was literally one of the worst albums ive ever heard and i've been listening to linkin park for over a decade so it hurts me to say i have no hope for this new album. m2m is lucky it even made some of it onto my ipod. ats is hurtful enough to me that i wanna buy a copy just to burn it.
    elcapitan1800
    If you take any given LP album for what it is, each one is pretty great imo. It took me a long time to get into ATS but I do enjoy it now. I have high hopes that this album will follow suit. And I do agree, just stop talking about it!! If people like it then great, if not who cares? Just make the music that you want to make!
    Maniac206
    Linkin Park's new sound is as good as the old one for me. It is just different. The fact is: you wouldn't like that Linkin Park write the same style of songs again and again like Nickelback.
    Maikku
    All the people who moan about returning to the original sound don't get it. You'd buy the record and be disappointed anyway saying its too repetitive and dull. I think When They Come For Me is speaking to fans, just look at the lyrics and it relates. "once you got the theory of how the thing works, everybody wants the next thing to be just like the first" You ought to stop talking and try to catch up.