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Linkin Park have added another official lyric video for LOST IN THE ECHO. Watch below!
Chester Bennington has been interviewed by iHeartRadio about LIVING THINGS. Chester explains how the band works on different songs and how LIVING THINGS is a mixture of everything they’ve done in the past.
The second part of Chester and Brandon Boyd’s interview with ArtisanNews has been up on youtube. Chester talks about how Linkin Park wanted to create something that fullfilled them creatively.
A couple of days ago we had our eyes on MTVAct’s twitter account since they tweeted that they had a Linkin Park interview coming up. Chester and Mike talked to the blog about the new album and eco-friendly tour.
Linkin Park’s eagerly anticipated fifth studio album LIVING THINGS comes out today and I recently sat down with Mike and Chester in Los Angeles to chat about what fans can expect from their new music and upcoming Honda Civic Tour with Incubus.
“Our band has always been built on this philosophy…to mix all of the kinds of music that we love,” said Mike, backstage at a House of Blues show for Linkin Park fan club members. The talented rockers love to challenge both themselves and their fans with new sounds and their new album is built on all of the different sounds the band has ever made. Which is 16 years in the making. Can you believe they’ve been together for that long?! Hey MTV colleagues, y’all need to give the band a special “My Super Sweet Sixteen” episode or something.
The album’s leading single “Burn It Down” is steady burnin’ the competition at #1 on the Billboard Rock Charts. It has all of the necessary elements to satisfy old school, head bangin’ Linkin Park fans while also exploring a lot of that EDM, synthy, dance-til’-you-drop sound that’s everywhere these days. So whether you’re looking to get tackled in a mosh pit (whyyyyyy?!) or fist pump with a hand full o’ glow sticks, this album’s for you!
Another trend the once pink-haired boys are up on? Going green! They’ve been green for years, but this year’s Honda Civic Tour is especially emerald. They’ll be traveling in biodiesel buses whenever possible and at most shows, all you’ve gotta do is throw your empty recyclable bottles into trash bins and maintenance will sort through and recycle ‘em for you later. Mike knows that when fans are tipsy “rushing to catch a good show,” recycling is often the furthest thing from their minds but YOU GUYS. It takes a few seconds and you’ll be supporting the band too.
And the hot rockers know that going green is, like, way cooler than smashing guitars on stage. (Oh, how the times have changed.) Through their amazing non-profit Music For Relief, they’ve been donating a dollar from every ticket sale to planting a tree since 2005. Over the years, they’ve planted over a million trees! How many rock stars — or even environmentalists — can say they’ve done that?!
In this video, watch the boys talk about their tour and learn more about Linkin Park’s efforts with Music For Relief by taking action below.
Chester, Mike and Joe talked to MTV news as part of MTV First and talked about their new album LIVING THINGS (in stores TODAY). Chester said the new songs can be felt on so many different levels. He also talked about CASTLE OF GLASS.
When Linkin Park began the process of making LIVING THINGS, they weren’t sure where the journey would take them … after all, the last time they headed down this path — on 2010′s A Thousand Suns — their voyage ended up in decidedly dystopian territory: It was, for all intents and purposes, an album that sounded like a sonic apocalypse, and dealt with similarly dark themes.
But to be honest, that didn’t dissuade them. Because, as they’ve discovered over their 15-year career, creative uncertainty is practically par for the course. It truly seems that Linkin Park don’t know what kind of album they’re making until it’s done. And even then, sometimes they’re still not sure.
“When we’re writing a record, there’s a misconception [that] maybe [we're] thinking of something, and planning a goal, trying to imagine a song and then making a song,” Mike Shinoda told MTV News during “MTV First: Linkin Park.” “That’s not how we work. We basically sit down with instruments and try to pull it down out of the air. You go into it without thinking, and then you see what comes out. And in the process of making the last record, a lot of what was popping out was about nuclear war, stuff like that. I think, having gotten that out of our system, this record, when we sat down to write songs, it was always personal, and it kept happening.”
And while most of the advance press about LIVING THINGS (in stores Tuesday) seemed to focus on LP ditching the political for the personal, that may not actually be the case. Because Linkin Park keep coming back to the idea of uncertainty … to them, the songs on their new album are meant to be taken however their fans choose to take them. Sure, they may be drawing from the personal, but they’re meant for the masses. Pure and simple. And though they’ve changed plenty over the years, that aspect of their music remains steadfastly, immutably unaltered.
“You can look at a song like ‘CASTLE OF GLASS,’ which for me, has one of the most interesting opposing points of view,” Chester Bennington said. “When Mike was talking about the lyrics, at one point he had said, ‘You know, it’s kind of like finding yourself as this broken part of this big machine, and feeling like you’re not part of that, or trying to find your place in the bigger scheme of things.’ And that can mean a solider coming home from war, and trying to fit back into society, or a person getting out of prison, or whatever.
“And here I am, envisioning this big, beautiful glass castle on a hill, and, like, unicorns. I’m thinking like ‘Yeah, if you zoom in, I’m this little broken part of this castle that no one knows about, and I may seem like flawed and not important, but when you back up and look at the big picture, you’re part of this really beautiful thing that keeps you together,” he continued. “And it was a really interesting twist; I think a lot of our lyrics can be taken from multiple perspectives, depending on what you want the song to be about … they can be felt on so many different levels.”
The time has finally come! Linkin Park’s fifth studio album LIVING THINGS is now available for download on iTunes!
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Chester and Rob spoke to MTV Guik about their touring and new album in a funny interview. Thanks to the uploader for letting us watch.
Mike Shinoda sat down with MTV2 for an interview regarding the multiple aspects of LIVING THINGS in production. He was also asked if he was anxious for feedback and how he plans to celebrate the release day. All videos below and HERE.