Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) previously released a solo EP titled “Post Traumatic“ earlier this year, and now it appears a full album will be following. He confirmed the news on Instagram last night (March 8), while inviting fans to an impromptu video shoot. Shinoda was recently in the studio with other members of Linkin Park, so it is assumed they will probably guest on the effort.
Stone Temple Pilots have premiered a new song titled “Never Enough,” via Yahoo!. This track is from their new self-titled album, which will be released on March 16. This will be their first effort with new singer Jeff Gutt (ex-Dry Cell).
Yahoo! are also running an interview with Gutt about his friendship with previous Stone Temple Pilots singer, the late Chester Bennington (also of Linkin Park). He said the following:
“I knew Chester. I’ve known Chester since 2001. I was in a band called Dry Cell, and we were signed by the same guy that signed Linkin Park, so that’s how I knew him. He would come to some of our writing sessions and rehearsals; I’d see him in the studios that we were at. When we were recording, they’d be recording there. We just had a good friendship.”
He also revealed that Bennington went to his first private audition for Stone Temple Pilots as well:
“It was my first private audition with STP, and he [Chester] called and asked if he could come. He wanted to be there for that first show. So, I put him on my guest list. It was very cool that he could be there for that.”
It looks like members Linkin Park have been in the studio together. Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson were both tagged in a studio photo on Instagram, while Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell also shared a picture from what may have been the same location. It is still not clear what they are working on.
While performing with The Stowaways jam band on the recent Shiprocked cruise, Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.), Dave Buckner (ex-Papa Roach), Lukas Rossi (Stereo Satellite), and more paid tribute to late Chester Bennington with some live Linkin Park covers. You can see footage of that below:
In other news, he also opened up a bit about his new EP “Post Traumatic,” which was released today:
(1/2) On this project, I’m trying to work “in the moment.” I record a vocal or shoot a video while I’m feeling something. For example, I wrote and recorded verse one of “over again” on the day of the Bowl show, and did verse two the day after. #PostTraumatic
(2/2) And I wanted to put this out as soon as possible because I’m living it, and a lot of other people are living it, too. I want people to see and hear it as soon as I complete each thing. #PostTraumatic
The hardest thing was just getting started in general. The only person I spent more time with than CB was my wife (honorable mention to Brad and Dave). Getting back into the studio was terrifying.#PostTraumatichttps://t.co/L8NU1B5zvf
I have a bunch of songs; some are more finished than others. I wanted to release these three today and see what the fans want me to do next. If you like these, I’ll keep going.#PostTraumatichttps://t.co/pzARTLCCA3
He also added the following about “Looking For An Answer,” which didn’t appear on the EP, but was performed live at the band’s tribute show for Bennington:
It still exists, I just want to figure out the right presentation! I made a version of it with lots of cool sounds, but that seemed to take away from the power of the song. Maybe I restart with piano only…? https://t.co/G8pSGL5gYh
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park, Fort Minor) has released a new three-song solo EP titled “Post Traumatic.” You can find videos for all three tacks (“Place To Start,“ “Over Again,” and “Watching As I Fall“) below:
“The past six months have been a rollercoaster. 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. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it 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.”