Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda revealed in a new interview with Rolling Stone that the ideas for both the band’s new album, The Hunting Party, and its summer Carnivores Tour were inspired by an article he read on Japanese culture. Shinoda explained, “It was talking about how people there were concerned that the new generation of kids were becoming herbivores — they were passive and they weren’t going out and getting a job or getting a girlfriend. They were worried what was going to happen to their culture if there weren’t any more carnivores. I thought, ‘What’s going on in rock music is kind of the same thing.'”
- Both Shinoda and singer Chester Bennington have said that Linkin Park’s return to heavier sounds on The Hunting Party is partially a reaction to the more subdued music currently being played on Modern Rock radio.
- Bennington took it further, saying that The Hunting Party is also a response to the more electronic sounds of Linkin Park’s last two records. He remarked, “We can write a thousand ‘Iridescents’ and, as great as they are, it’s going to be boring. With this album it was more like the opposite . . . it’s f***ing crazy the whole time.”
- Meanwhile, the Carnivores Tour will also feature 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI, with Shinoda telling us how those acts were chosen:
- “To be honest, it’s very simple: we asked the fans and the fans told us that’s who they’d like to see us play with. You know, we poll them regularly, ask them about how we’re doing and what they like — what other stuff they like, from, you know, video games to like other bands. And AFI and especially 30 Seconds To Mars kept showing up on the top of the list, so it was kind of a no-brainer.”
- The Carnivores Tour kicks off on August 8th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
- The Hunting Party is scheduled for release on June 17th and follows up 2012’s more electronic-themed Living Things.
- Guests on the new album include Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Helmet main man Page Hamilton, System Of A Down axeman Daron Malakian and rapper Rakim.