Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to spotlight the cultural importance of independently owned record stores, as well as their staff and customers, to show what kind of role these establishments play within their communities. Linkin Park have participated in Record Store Days of the past, with a red vinyl re-issue of Hybrid Theory, and this year, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Collision Course, the band has released a special re-issue of their groundbreaking collaboration with Jay-Z. You can pick up your copy of the 12" blue vinyl today at participating record shops within your community.
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Brad Delson spoke with Adam Perlmutter of PREMIERGuitar in a lengthy interview about the recording process of 'The Hunting Party', where they discussed studio gear, the impressive equipment collection and input of trusted engineer Ethan Mates, as well as the writing and recording approach for the new album. Check out the full interview here (strongly recommended), or read some extracts below:
“When we worked with [producer] Rick Rubin [for 2007’s Minutes to Midnight, 2010’s A Thousand Suns, and 2012’s Living Things] we brought him a bunch of demos along with the recorded versions that we’d spent days working on in a perfectly good studio environment,” recalled Delson. “When Rick A/B’d the versions, he always thought the demos were more compelling. That was an expensive and painful lesson.”
But for The Hunting Party Linkin Park used the studio as a compositional tool, recording as inspiration struck, compiling the best bits and pieces, and stitching them together as new songs. “Early in the process, Mike wrote a bunch of demos—introverted, indie-sounding stuff inspired by what you hear on the radio these days,” said Delson. “But we threw them all away in favor of making a more personal record, something more visceral and aggressive in a way that only we could do.”
Delson returned and said he felt satisfied by the guitar’s primacy on the new music. “On the last few records I certainly played guitar in the studio, but I’d been focusing on other instruments. I’ve been playing guitar since I was 12, and it had become fascinating to learn keyboards, programming, and Pro Tools, which is like an instrument in itself. But these songs are all about rediscovering the guitar and having a lot of fun with it.”
We talked about the record’s compact solos, which, despite their brevity, reveal Delson’s formidable guitar skills and penchant for spontaneity. “There’s an unpredictability to these songs that lends itself to me just picking up a guitar and playing insanity,” he said. “Nothing is preplanned. For some of the faster solos I warm up, but not in an overtly methodical way. If I want to record a solo over at a fast tempo, I just noodle on that Strat for an hour until I’m hyper-fast. I don’t want to merge onto the highway at 15 miles per hour. I want to be at full speed by the time I get thrown on to it.”
Chester Bennington has joined Chris the Ego of KFMAtv in a phone interview ahead of Linkin Park's headlining show at KFMADAY on May 24th in Tucson, Arizona, where they discussed The Hunting Party, the current rock scene and the festival itself.
Listen to the full interview below:
Check out some quotes below:
On giving some details about "The Hunting Party":
The album art for Linkin Park's new album "The Hunting Party" was unveiled earlier this week along with an official confirmation of the title and a June 17th release date. Last night via Twitter Mike Shinoda shouted out the artists that all had a hand in creating the collaborative effort that turned out to be the album's cover art. Linkin Park have once again teamed up with Ghost Town Media who worked on LIVING THINGS, A Light That Never Comes as well as the event and video art for Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns cycle. Along with GTM, Linkin Park have also pulled in notable artist James Jean, a visual artist in both fine art and commercial work who looks to be helming some of the booklet and thematic work we'll be seeing upon release. In the past week James has been posting work on Instagram with the hashtag #TheHuntingParty that is potentially work in progress for the new album. The images below haven't been confirmed as actual album art, and could just be towards the body of work James is producing. Check it out!
Final "The Hunting Party" Design by Linkin Park, James Jean, Annie Nguyen, Mr. Kim and Brandon Parvini w/ work in progress photo
Another passage from the Hunting Party#thehuntingparty #excerpt | The Hunting Party. Acrylic, Oil, Pastel, & Wax on Two Canvases, 60 x 192", 2009. #passage#excerpt #weepingbones #thehuntingparty
Take a look at James Jean's Instagram for other possible work in progress images that potentially relate to The Hunting Party
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It looks like the hype for Linkin Park's new album release continues as the press are beginning to release their impressions of a six-track sampler for Linkin Park's new album "The Hunting Party" that has been previewed over the past week to various media outles. The new album that is set for release June 17th is set to be their heaviest album yet. Following Rolling Stone's impressions this morning, Loudwire have now released their own which you can read below or in full here.
‘Keys to the Kingdom’: Right off the bat this track has an old-school punk vibe with a new twist. The hasty drums and explosive riffs a hardcore element to it. Vocalist Chester Bennington unleashes melodies and the balance of Shinoda’s rap verses makes for a powerful combination. Although the band will be playing arenas on their forthcoming Carnivores tour, this song has an underground feel that would welcome them to a small, beat up venue in Brooklyn, N.Y.
‘Wastelands of Today’: This tune starts with a hip-hop verse and the song has a lot of groove with heavy drum and bass. The chorus is catchy yet sludgy and has some grit to it. Watch out for the heavy breakdown in the middle of the song. Linkin Park take you on a sonic roller-coaster ride as they play around with the tempo and ambiance of the song.
‘Until It’s Gone’: It’s a more mid-tempo track with softer lyrics provided by Chester Bennington, who really shows his vocal versatility. The dreamy and atmospheric sounds are enough to whisk you away but Bennington brings you back down to earth as he belts out their take on a familiar chorus: “’Cause you don’t know what you’ve got / No you don’t know what you’ve got / You don’t know what you’ve got / Until it’s gone.” This catchy song is one that’s bound to get stuck in your head for a long time.
‘All for Nothing’: This one, when performed live, will get the crowd moving for sure. With a hip-hop flow in the first verse this quickly turns into almost a punk anthem. The song is relentless and unapologetic, with a stellar guitar solo by Brad Delson. It’s no surprise that this heavy tune is hardcore especially since it features a guest spot Helmet vocalist and guitarist Paige Hamilton.
‘Rebellion’: With a name like ‘Rebellion,’ as a listener you would expect pure chaos and mayhem and that’s exactly what Linkin Park give you. The vibe is almost thrashy with its speedy riffs and galloping drums. While listening to it one might think that it could even fit on System of a Down’s first album — that’s probably because none other than Daron Malakian of System of a Down is featured on this song.
Rolling Stone have done a feature on Linkin Park and their new album The Hunting Party that is set for release June 17th. The feature has an interview with Mike Shinoda where he discusses some of the tracks and what the band have set out to do with the The Hunting Party. Check out some excerpts below or read the full article.
Similarly, the band members took the ethos of the bands that inspired them and, rather than go on a nostalgia trip, tried to "modernize that aggression sonically," to use Shinoda's words. "Keys to the Kingdom" opens with an affected, robotic-sounding voice yelling and then manages to make some disjointed-sounding riffs work. "I wanted you to listen to the song and be disrupted at regular intervals," Shinoda says. "I wanted that to be jarring or distracting, just kind of fuck you up."
The inspiration behind the about-face Linkin Park are making on The Hunting Party – following the generally lighter approach they've taken on recent records – was a general malaise Shinoda was feeling toward indie music. "I was trying to find something to listen to one day, and it wasn't there," he says. "And it kind of pissed me off. I like indie music. I like indie pop. But at a certain point, I feel like that box had been checked and checked again."
Shinoda underscored that he likes groups like Chvrches, Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys and his comment is not a dig at them. But as far as the music he wanted to listen to at that moment, he found himself turning to the sounds that inspired him before Linkin Park — groups like Refused, Helmet and At the Drive-In — and a few that predated his interest hard music, like Inside Out and Gorilla Biscuits. "I was thinking, what albums predated nü-metal," he says. "Without these albums there wouldn't have been Linkin Park."
Stanford University is offering an online course titled "Creativity: Music to My Ears" in which Mike Shinoda is assisting with. For those who are participating in the course, Stanford sent out a video featuring The Executive Director Of Stanford Technology Ventures Program, Tina Seelig, interviewing Mike Shinoda as a teaser for the upcoming session with him. In the interview, they talk about the creativity put into Linkin Park projects, early writing, and inspiration. The 13-minute long video offers a creative insight that we normally don't hear or see. I highly recommend blocking out the time to check it out.
For those of you using mobile devices where the embedded video won't show up, the video can be seen here.
If you are still interested in participating in the online course, there is still time to sign up.
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Noisey has published an interview with Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda - and included is the title and release date for the upcoming Linkin Park album!
Linkin Park's sixth studio record is entitled "The Hunting Party" and is set to be released on June 17, 2014. The article also reveals the official cover art for the album:
The interview with Shinoda covers both new and old ground with regards to details about the album and Shinoda's own opinion on the state of rock music.
On collaborating with Rakim:
According to hardDriveRadio, Mike Shinoda held a listening party at MSR Studios in New York and mentioned the potential names of 5 songs off of the forthcoming Linkin Park record. The article, which can be found here, states the following:
He played 5 of the 12 songs that will be on The Hunting Party album, now with a TBA release date later this summer. The band is still in the mixing stages on all and final recording stages on the rest. (“Guilty All The Same” is the first single, and dare I say, tamer than what these tunes are like!) The 5 songs, “Keys To The Kingdom,” “The Wastelands,” “Until It’s Gone,” “All For Nothing” (featuring Paige Hamilton of Helmet!) and “Rebellion” (featuring Daron Malakian of System Of A Down) were all still unmixed, but every one sounded great! The band self-produced except for one of the tunes (I think it was “The Wastelands,” which was co-produced by Warner Bros Records president and A&R chief Rob Cavallo.)
I have to say, each song was better than the next, they are all extremely heavy, and as Mike said, some may even sound like prequels to their first album, Hybrid Theory. As I said to Mike, after all the “Rock Is Dead” critics and naysayers out there trying to forecast the death of active rock radio and its music, this album will totally pour cold water all over those notions and prove to the industry is it CLEARLY NOT DEAD! This record has BALLS! And now one of the world’s biggest & most popular bands is making a statement to support the music they love. The guitars are smoking, it was all recorded live to tape. (Well, there still are some electronic elements, but they are certainly only a condiment rather than a meal here.
I can not say enough about how the reaction is going to turn heads and I can not WAIT to hear them do some of these songs live in concert this summer! Mark my words, it will be one of your favorite albums of the year!
In a new article by ABC News Radio, it has been revealed that Linkin Park's upcoming new record (currently rumored for release in June with a suggested title of "The Hunting Party"), will feature further guest spots, with Guilty All The Same being in 'the middle' in regards to the album's overall tone and ferocity.
Quoting the article:
This is reflected in the first single, "Guilty All the Same," says Shinoda. He tells ABC News Radio, "It just felt like the right introduction to the record, which is kind of a shocking one."
As a matter of fact, Shinoda says the song "sits in the middle [of the songs on the album]" in terms of tone.
Linkin Park's return to the harder edges of alternative rock was evident in two of the songs unveiled at the New York listening party -- one featured Paige Hamilton of Helmet and another Daron Malakian of System of a Down .
Shinoda said that the songs were still rough mixes and that the band is busy tweaking them; he says fans can expect the new Linkin Park album "sometime in the middle of the summer."