Linkin Park's fifth studio album, Living Things, is due on June 26, and fans can expect to hear a very personal side of the band coming through in the lyrics. Living Things was co-produced once again by Rick Rubin and Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda.
"It wasn't like we said, 'Hey, let's make a personal record,'" Shinoda told Rolling Stone. "It's more like we just started recording and these were the things that started showing up. It became obvious to us that it is the kind of record we need at this moment, that we wanted to get that stuff out."
Shinoda added, however, that a lot of the album's introspection is layered in metaphors and coupled with other interests besides just personal stories. For instance, the band made a video art installation for the single "I'll Be Gone," which dabbles in astronomy.
"The visuals for 'I'll Be Gone' stuck out to me because that song is a relationship-based song, but it's also got a second read of a space theme," Shinoda explained. "A lot of the songs have metaphors, and one of the metaphors in that song is space. [The visual artists] picked up on that language and turned it into this weird, intergalactic space travel thing."
The band also used lots of interesting imagery when they held an album listening party at Sonos Studios in Los Angeles earlier this week. Each of the record's 12 tracks were accompanied by a video, including footage of a lightning storm, flames illuminating a black screen, and rotating skulls.
"A lot of the stuff is part of the album experience. I know that it's going to be showing up in the live show," Shinoda said. "If you go online and look at the lyric videos for 'Burn It Down' and 'Lies Greed Misery,' you'll see some of that imagery there. We use it in many different ways."
Linkin Park will get on the road later this summer when they headline the 2012 Honda Civic Tour, with Incubus and MuteMath on the bill as well. The month-long trek begins in Bristow, VA on August 11 and runs up to September 10 in San Diego.