In a recent interview with Music Week, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has voiced his views regarding fans who’ve claimed that he and the band have “sold out” following the release of their latest material. The band, who’ll be releasing their new album ‘One More Light’ in just over a week, have dropped two singles for the record which has seen them enter more mainstream pop territory.
The notable turn in direction indicated by the record’s lead singles, ‘Heavy’ (featuring Kiiara) and ‘Good Goodbye’ (featuring Pusha T and Stormzy), has seen Linkin Park fans voice their opinions on the new style and sound, some admittedly more negative than others.
Along with talking about the new record in more depth, Bennington addressed certain fans’ attitudes concerning the band’s development and choice of direction. Indicating their advancement since their 2000 debut album ‘Hybrid Theory’, the best selling debut album of the 21st century which spawned hits like ‘In The End’, ‘Papercut’, and ‘One Step Closer’, he asks that listeners “move the fuck on” from the record, and open up to the band’s current and future works.
“When we made ‘Hybrid Theory’, I was the oldest guy in the band and in my early 20s. That’s why I guess I’m like, ‘Why are we still talking about ‘Hybrid Theory’?’ It’s fucking years ago. It’s a great record, we love it. Like, move the fuck on. You know what I mean?”
Bennington also made his response clear to those who claim that the change in direction in the band’s sound isn’t due to creative choices, but for mainstream success and monetary gain alone, rather aggressively and jokingly saying “stab yourself in the face!”
“We were asked, ‘What do you think of people who say you sold out?’ I don’t care. If you like the music, fantastic. If you don’t like it, that’s your opinion too. Fantastic. If you’re saying we’re doing what we’re doing for a commercial or monetary reason, trying to make success out of some formula… then stab yourself in the face!”
The full interview can be read by paying subscribers over on the Music Week website (here).
The band’s new full-length album, ‘One More Light’, is scheduled to see a release on May 19th 2017 via Warner Bros. Records.