Originally published on January 26, 2018
It’s been six months since the death of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington. The rock music scene was shaken up by the tragedy last July, after he died by suicide at the age of 41.
Apart from family, friends, and fans, no one has had to deal with his passing more so than the surviving members of Linkin Park. For Mike Shinoda, the band’s co-founder, lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, he channeled his struggles from the last six months into a new solo EP, POST TRAUMATIC.
Shinoda posted the following message on Instagram in honor of the EP’s release:
He also released music videos for each of the songs; each one recorded in his home, with Shinoda singing into the camera. The ones for “Place to Start” and “Watching As I Fall” end on particularly haunting notes. The former ends as snippets of voice messages are heard, expressing condolences to Shinoda. The latter ends with a vlog he filmed last month, reflecting on how many months it has been since Bennington’s death, the California wildfires, and the craziness from the news; all the while maintaining hope for the holidays and for continuing his art.
POST TRAUMATIC EP is Shinoda’s continuation of his art. It is now available through all major music platforms and services.