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"Dude, what am I doing?" Mike asked himself regarding the radio-friendly approach the band's been taking in recent years.
"We need to weed out a lot of the soft, emo kind of approach to our music, and we need to weed out anything that feels aggressive for aggressive's sake," the singer added. "We're not 18-year-old kids making a loud record - we're 37-year-old adults making a loud record. And what makes a 37-year-old angry is different than what made us angry back in the day."
Noting that the new stuff will have a hard time getting radio airplay, Shinoda pointed out that first and foremost he believes in music.
"We didn't make the heaviest record of all time," he noted. "I'm very aware that there are super, super heavy bands out there that make music that is really, really gnarly. We didn't make a Botch record. We didn't make a Meshuggah record. We made a really loud and aggressive Linkin Park record, maybe the loudest we've made."
Previously discussing the state of rock and indie scene with Noisey, Mike didn't have a hard time in opening up. "It's stupid. It's so f--kin' dumb," he said. "It's the same thing when 'alternative' happened. An alternative to what, y'know? It became pop. The alternative to alternative was, like, nu-metal. Which, again, became dumb. All these scenes ... I don't know, man. There just becomes a point where people are playing monkey-see, monkey-do, and it just cheapens the whole scene. That got weird."
"The Hunting Party" is due out on June 17. More info here.