A few days ago Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda released an EP and gave fans a look inside Mike’s ordeal after the tragic loss of Linkin Park’s front man Chester Bennington.
The three songs were the first material released by Shinoda, since the tribute concert the band hosted in October 2017.
The EP aptly titled “Post Traumatic” has three songs namely “Place to Start”, “Over Again” and “Watching As I Fall”. All three songs covers the journey Mike has gone through in the past 6 months and his road to recovery. The EP is uncomfortably personal, but in a good way, as it perfectly sums up the grief and roller coaster emotions that come with grieving and the loss of a loved one. This is the same thing that fans have mostly felt but couldn’t put into words, Shinoda is just did a great job of evincing and articulating these emotions which resulted into three stellar songs.
“Place to Start” opens up with an R&B vibe mixed with the electronic percussion that Linkin Park has been known to use in the past albums. The intro also has that sense of dread in it with how the bass line reverberates, that all comes to a head when the first line drops “I don’t have a leg to stand on”.
As the track moves along, you can hear in Mike’s voice the heartache and sorrow. His voice also shows that vulnerability that Chester Bennington has been known for. Clearly, Shinoda is broken and clearly finding a way to solve this or move past this whole ordeal. His lyrics “I’m tired of being scared what I built might break apart, I don’t want to know the end all I want is a place to start” precisely show that.
The song then fades into voice messages of friends checking-in on Mike.
The song clearly encapsulates Mike’s feelings with regard to the uncertainty surrounding the band with Chester’s passing. I, for one, felt the same thing while listening to the song for the first time.
“Over Again”, the second song in the EP, was easily the most emotionally charged song. The fact that Mike relates the experience of losing a loved one not just once, but over and over again, with memories of loved ones in even the smallest things.
The first part of the song was written by Mike before the tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl and what was going through his mind before the concert. Clearly, the Mike that we saw during the concert, one where he was smiling and carrying-on, was only the surface. For in fact, he was going through an internal battle with himself, knowing that Chester would not be there with the band.
The line “I know what I should be doing when I’m singing but instead, we’ll be playing through a song and I’d remember in my head” clearly rings familiar to fans as the familiar voice of Chester is no longer there.
The song, aside from giving me an insight into Mike’s feelings before and after the tribute concert, also gave me goosebumps. As I listened to the song over and over again, there are times that I seem to hear Chester singing in the background. It is unclear though if Mike included a record of Chester under the heavy beats and vocals.
The final track, “Watching As I Fall”, an in-your-face hitting song that ties the EP neatly. The lines “Holding so tight to the edge is painful, but can’t ignore it I know” is a perfect description of how an in-denial person feels.
This completely describes how a person, who was caught off-guard, deals with the tragedy and how we keeps on denying himself to move-on.
Throughout the entire EP, Mike Shinoda gave the fans a voice on how to deal with the loss. At the same time, this also serves as a means for the fans and Shinoda to heal and deal with their feelings, the same way that Bennington did.
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