Mike Shinoda is actually still grieving.
The Linkin Park co-founder released three brand new, intimate solo songs on Thursday in which deal with the grief he’s still feeling after the death of his bandmate, Chester Bennington.
Shinoda announced the Post Traumatic EP on Twitter, describing the six months since the Linkin Park frontman committed suicide as a “roller coaster” in a hand-written note to fans in which he shared on social media in addition to his website.
“Amidst the chaos, I’ve started out to feel an intense gratitude–for your tributes in addition to messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, in addition to for the simple opportunity to create,” the 40-year-old musician wrote. “Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote in addition to produced, with visuals in which I filmed, painted, in addition to edited myself. At its core, grief is actually a personal, intimate experience. As such, This specific is actually not Linkin Park, nor is actually the idea Fort Minor–the idea’s just me.”
“Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity in addition to confusion of the road ahead,” he concluded. “I don’t know where This specific path goes, yet I’m grateful I get to share the idea with you.”
The three-song EP in addition to accompanying videos are all self-produced in addition to highly personal. In “Place to Start,” Shinoda sings, “‘Cause I’m tired of the fear in which I can’t control This specific. I’m tired of feeling like every next step’s hopeless. I’m tired of being scared what I build might break apart. I don’t want to know the end, all I want is actually a place to start.”
The video ends with voicemail messages offering him condolences after Bennington’s death. “Wanna obviously send my love in addition to support in addition to, um, just let you know I’m here for you,” one such message says.
Shinoda’s second song, “Over Again,” discusses the pain before in addition to after in which show, crooning, “We rehearsed the idea for a month, I’m not worried about the set. I get tackled by the grief at times in which I would certainly least expect.”
He ends the song saying he only wanted closure: “‘Cause sometimes when you say goodbye, yeah you say the idea
Over in addition to over in addition to over in addition to over.”
After sharing the brand new material, Shinoda took to Twitter again to correspond directly with fans, noting in which he wasn’t interested in doing media interviews about the brand new EP.
He received an outpouring of support on social media in addition to responded to several messages, in addition to he wasn’t afraid to answer his fans questions. During his AMA on Twitter, he admitted in which “the hardest thing was just getting started out in general,” in addition to he also explained in which the EP is actually a work in progress. “I wanted to Discharge these three today in addition to see what the fans want me to do next. If you like these, I’ll keep going.”
Fans are hoping he’ll perform the brand new tunes soon, yet Shinoda isn’t there yet, though he is actually hoping to play them live one day. “I’m not ready right right now, though. Still producing more music in addition to visuals.”
Shinoda in addition to Bennington founded their common rock band in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. Following the lead singer’s death, the group quickly canceled its One More Light tour in addition to arranged a tribute to the vocalist at the Hollywood Bowl.
Bennington, 41, died at his home in Los Angeles in July 2017. His autopsy was released last December, which revealed in which alcohol was in his system when he took his own life. inside report, a first blood test also found possible traces of MDMA (ecstasy) in Bennington’s system, however, two subsequent tests came back negative, in addition to he was not under the influence of drugs when he died, according to the report.
See a tribute to Bennington below.