Interview: Linkin Park On Their New Single ‘Guilty All The Same’

“It’s louder; it’s more visceral than anything we’ve done recently.”
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(L-R) Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington (Radio.com)

(L-R) Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington (Radio.com)

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By Radio.com Staff

Exclusive: Watch Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington discuss “Guilty All The Same”

Linkin Park surprised fans today (Mar 5) with the release of “Guilty All The Same,” the debut track from their forthcoming untitled album. The song mysteriously showed up in the feeds of Shazam user’s who searched for the band within the mobile app.

Yesterday, at a press conference announcing Linkin Park’s upcoming tour with Thirty Seconds to Mars and AFI,  Radio.com got a chance to speak with the band’s two frontmen, Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington, who explained why “Guilty All The Same” seemed like the perfect song to reintroduce the band.

“The reason we went with this single first is that we think it’s a good look into the DNA of the record that we’re putting out this summer,” Shinoda said of the guitar-shredding 6-minute track.

Related: Linkin Park Announces Carnivores Tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars & AFI

“A few months ago I was making some demos and writing this stuff and it sounded like something that you could play on the radio,” Shinoda explained. “I listen to a lot of indie music… and I was listening to the demos and thought, I don’t want to make any of that music. What is it that’s not out there right now that I’m all about, that I’m fired up about that is a void? It ended up being this new material.”

He added, “It’s louder; it’s more visceral than probably anything we’ve done recently. And we’re all really proud of it.”

The song features an epic intro, which at first listen could be mistaken for that of labelmate, Avenged Sevenfold. But nearly three minutes into the relentlessly hard rocking song, legendary MC Rakim can be heard spitting a few rhymes. (Go to LPAssociation’s website to check out the song’s lyrics.)

“That’s like one of my idols,” exclaimed Shinoda. “If you get into the nitty-gritty of his rhyme pattern and the topic in this song, it’s bananas what he is doing. He’s on the some Steve Vai s*** vocally.”

“It really is a highlight of the song,” added Chester Bennington.

For this new chapter in Linkin Park’s recording career, they’ll eschew mainstream alt-rock in favor of returning to their much edgier roots. Shinoda explained the music and passion on this record are rooted in the band’s earliest memories of their favorite punk rock bands, those bands weren’t afraid to try something different. “There’s an energy, an aggression and a meaning, like this attitude that I’ve got something to say and I need to get this out,” he said.

Linkin Park kick off the 25-city Carnivores tour on August 8 in West Palm Beach, FL.

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