Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda feels that a lot of popular rock music has become a series of indie pop jingles. Speaking with Radio.com, he opined:
“We’ve been around long enough that music trends have gone away from us and come back. And right now, they’re away. Rock music has gone in this direction that’s like indie pop jingles. It’s like songs that could be on Nick Jr. and the Disney Channel. I can’t see myself writing music like that. I don’t want to follow that trend. Forget it!”
“Bands like Chvrches and Haim to Vampire Weekend, I like those records, I like those bands, I always cite those bands when I talk about this subject. I like that style of music. But there was a point at which that was fresh and new, and they were making it because it was part of their identity and they were making something different. And now it’s a different situation. None of these bands are indie bands, they’re all major label bands. So if you think they’re not, you’re mistaken.”
Shinoda has of course had much to say about the more aggressive nature of the bands new album “The Hunting Party” in recent weeks. He provided a bit more clarity to those statements in this latest chat though, telling the above-mentioned site:
“I know the thresholds of heavy, I’ve heard Meshuggah. I’m not under the impression that we’ve made the heaviest album of all time. But I do know that what’s going on out there in rock music, is that rock music, even the most popular bands, is not really influencing the zeitgeist. It’s not moving the needle of pop culture. I don’t want rock to be pop. I do want it to be exciting. And right now, it’s moderately exciting.”
“The Hunting Party” will be released this Tuesday, June 17th, and is currently streaming at this location.