Linkin Park is making sure rock music stays primarily a land of carnivores.
The hard rockers are getting ready to release their upcoming album, The Hunting Party, and in a new exclusive for Rolling Stone, the band's rapper / multi-instrumentalist Mike Shinoda and vocalist Chester Bennington discuss their inspiration behind the album and Carnivores tour, claiming it came from a single article Shinoda read on the Japanese culture.
"It was talking about how people there were concerned that the new generation of kids were becoming herbivores," Shinoda stated. "They were passive and they weren't going out and getting a job or getting a girlfriend." It appears the thought is leading the Japanese culture to worry about what the end result would be should there be no more carnivores around.
Taking it in, Shinoda believed there to be a similar issue in rock music, which led him on a journey to find music that would excite him and add a bit of aggression to the band's sound. The aptly titled Hunting Party focuses mainly on bringing the carnivores back to rock music and refers to "being aggressive and going out and getting what you're looking for," explains the rapper.
Bennington chimed in, expressing his excitement to perform the album live. "One of the things we always want to try to incorporate into our sets as we grow is songs with energy, with balls and energy." He continues, "It's going to be fun because there will be no shortage of energy to draw from."
The famed vocalist then went on to state the album is "f--king crazy the whole time."
The Hunting Party drops on June 17. Check out the Rolling Stone exclusive below: