By Philip Cosores
It took CHVRCHES months and the prodding of a reporter to make mild digs at Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda regarding his previous comments that could easily be construed as critical of CHVRCHES, chiefly his naming the band (and others) as “Disney commercial music.”
Shinoda did not need nearly that much time to fire back, taking to his namesake website last night to unleash a rant about the whole situation, easily as critical of the media as he is of the Scottish thorns in his side.
“As we released THE HUNTING PARTY, I spoke on various occasions about the inspiration of the album,” Shinoda begins. “Part of the answer is that the album is a response to a surplus of danceable, safe, indie-pop music that’s taken over ‘rock.’ A year ago, we knew the indie-pop thing was a style that our band is capable of making. But we were not interested in pursuing it. Why? Because there is a LOT of it out there. It seemed far more exciting for us to go against the grain.”
Now, let’s pause. This paragraph asserts that a) indie pop has taken over rock, b) indie-pop is a style, and c) that Linkin Park could make it. OK, just making sure that is all clear. Because somehow Shinoda thinks that Linkin Park making an indie pop album wouldn’t be interesting. He continues:
“They were asked to respond to a version of the comment that was not consistent with what I actually said. Now, to be clear, it’s a journalist’s tendency (if not their main objective) to sensationalize this kind of commentary, and make a fight where there is none. Let’s not let them have that.
“I learned a new term this year: ‘click bait.’ Click bait is when someone titles a piece in a sensationalized way in order to get more clicks. It’s what I did with the title of this post.”
For the curious, said post was titled “Pointless Dicks: @CHVRCHES, Laziness, and Cowards.” Shinoda admits that “click bait” is a new concept to him, and clearly he is still working through some kinks.
Shinoda eventually takes a step back, saying, “my criticism is not with them or any of those bands. I said their names because I was telling the story of how our album began: not because I hate that style music, but because I hate the volume of it. In contrast, one way of looking at it is: the bands I named are the only ones I singled out as being on my ‘awesome’ list.”
Because there is no link attached to the “awesome list,” it is hard to say what this list is. But, we can’t say we are not intrigued.
Read the entire Shinoda blog here, and hopefully, we can all put this war of words behind us before someone gets hurt.