15. Oktober 2010

Linkin Park -- A Day in the Life

From noisecreep.com:

It's been a long few days for Linkin Park vocalists Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda. The band flew from Los Angeles to New York to do a frantic round of print, radio, Internet and TV promotion, play an intimate club show for Best Buy and attend the meet and greet after show party. Now they're getting ready to fly back home, where Shinoda will attend a friend's birthday party and Bennington will spend some time with his wife and kids before Linkin Park start rehearsing for their upcoming tour, which begins on Oct. 20 in Berlin, Germany.

Having just wrapped up a series of interviews at Sirius XM satellite radio, Bennington and Shinoda are seated in the backs of two black sedans for a 20-minute trip back to their hotel. For the ride, Noisecreep had the privilege of sitting behind Shinoda, digital recorder in hand, and firing off a final salvo of questions about the Linkin Park's new album, 'A Thousand Suns.'

Often these rides are uneventful and dull, but Shinoda was determined to make sure our readers understand every angle of 'A Thousand Suns,' so he diligently answers every question we throw his way. There's only one problem. A full day of press left him kind of hyper, and when you throw in the turbobrew coffee he had at the radio station, he's vibrating out of his skin.

"I haven't had a Starbucks in a few months, so I'm kind of scrambled," he apologized, gripping the handle of the car door and strapping in for the ride. Even though we already conducted our preliminary interview with Shinoda, he was glad we had more specific questions about 'A Thousand Suns' as opposed to fluffy, personality-based queries.

"Sometimes you get people who are really into surfacey stuff that doesn't really mean anything," he said. "The interviewee could be interchangeable. You could pose the same questions to anybody and they'd be exactly as interesting. So I prefer to talk about music and what we actually do and what I'm passionate about as opposed to fashion."

Linkin Park began writing 'A Thousand Suns' two years ago when they were on the road for 'Minutes to Midnight.' They continued working on the album as soon as they were done touring. They recorded demos in Berlin, Germany, Prague, Czech Republic and New York and then analyzed the songs with producer Rick Rubin. Some of the songs underwent major revisions between the initial demos and the final recordings, others remained nearly intact.

"'The Catalyst' didn't change a lot," Shinoda said. "The first demo was a little heavier as far as guitars, and we didn't like it. We liked the song, but as soon as we took those out and added that echoey organ keyboard sound, then it was like, 'What's this?' There's always at least one moment for each of the songs where it goes from, 'OK, that's cool' to that moment where everyone's really sucked into it."

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