April 05, 2018

In the months since the passing of Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington, the band’s co-lead singer Mike Shinoda has immersed himself in art as a way of processing his grief, and as a result, is putting out a full-length solo album, “Post Traumatic,” on June 15th. Along with the announcement, Shinoda released two new tracks- “Crossing A Line” and “Nothing Makes Sense Anymore,” as well as a video for “Crossing A Line.” Having so much art to share, Shinoda has already put out an EP with the same name earlier this year.

With many feelings and no agenda, Shinoda hunkered down alone in his Los Angeles home and began writing, recording, and painting. In January, he released his “Post Traumatic EP” consisting of three deeply personal songs, “Place To Start,” “Over Again,” and “Watching As I Fall.” Each song is deeply personal. Shinoda even bravely added in voicemail clips from his friends at the end of “Place To Start.” The EP was accompanied by homemade visuals that Shinoda filmed, painted, and edited himself. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with New York Times stating “The tracks are reverberant electronic dirges; the rhymes, heading into sung choruses, testify to bewilderment, mourning, resentment, self-pity and questions about what to do.” Shinoda is also planning on releasing a full book of his artwork to share with his fans.

The tracks on the “Post Traumatic EP” will be included on the 16-track album coming in June.

The upcoming "Post Traumatic," a transparent and intensely personal album that, despite its title, isn’t entirely about grief, though it does start there. “It’s a journey out of grief and darkness, not into grief and darkness,” Shinoda says. Ultimately, Post Traumatic is an album about healing. The songs, though specific about Shinoda’s experience with loss, manage to be universally relatable, thanks to their honesty and heart. “If people have been through something similar, I hope they feel less alone,” he says. “If they haven’t been through this, I hope they feel grateful.”

Although he is most well-known for his time as co-lead vocalist for multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning rock band, Linkin Park, Shinoda is also a songwriter, record producer, film composer, and visual artist with a B.A. in illustration and Doctorate of Human Letters from Art Center College of Design.

Shinoda is the founding member of Linkin Park, which has sold over 55 million albums worldwide and commanded a massive fan following, holding the title as the most-liked band on Facebook and amassing over 5.5 billion YouTube views. The group has achieved the best-selling debut of this century with their Diamond-certified album, "Hybrid Theory," selling over 10 million copies in the US alone, which featured hit track "In The End." In Australia all 7 albums have debuted top 3 or higher on the ARIA chart, with many receiving multi-platinum and gold accreditations.

We are grateful that someone as inspiring and talented as Shinoda has shared his creations with us this far, and we look forward to the record to come.

"Post Traumatic" is availible for pre-order here.