Linkin Park, Shinoda talks about Bennington in new music project
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda unveiled a new EP called ‘Post Traumatic,’ that finds him grappling with the aftermath of Chester Bennington’s suicide.
You surely remember that the lead singer of the band passed away on July 20, 2017 at 41. He killed himself because he had been depressed for years.
Now his bandmate Shinoda has released this new project which features three songs – ‘Place to Start’, ‘Over Again’, and ‘Watching As I Fall’ all inspired by the tragedy.
The first one features several voice mails from friends expressing their condolences over Bennington’s death.
As regards ‘Over Again’, here Shinoda directly addresses Bennington’s death, the emotional challenge of performing at Linkin Park’s tribute concert for the late singer and his anxiety over figuring out what comes next.
Finally, ‘Watching As I Fall’ deals with regret and serious reflections.
“The past six months have been a rollercoaster,” a statement from Shinoda to fans reads. “Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude – for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create. Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted, and edited myself.”
“At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience,” the statement continues. “As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it (Shinoda’s spin-off band) Fort Minor – it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”
‘Post Traumatic’ is available to stream and purchase, though Shinoda also recorded music videos to accompany each track.