The past year was a rough one for Linkin Park fans, loved ones, and band members, after news surfaced of the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington’s unfortunate and untimely death via suicide last July.
As the musical community continues to mourn Bennington, his bandmates seek to let him live through them. Linkin Park co-founder Mike Shinoda released the intimate, emotional Post Traumatic EP today (Jan. 25). The three song project, also accompanied by visuals for each song, is a deep rollercoaster of emotions.
Shinoda described the making of the EP and the emotional impact of the project. “The past six months have been a rollercoaster,” he explained. “Amidst the chaos, I’ve started to feel an intense gratitude — for your tributes and messages of support, for the career you have allowed me to have, and for the simple opportunity to create,” Shinoda said in a statement.
“Today, I’m sharing three songs I wrote and produced, with visuals that I filmed, painted and edited myself. At its core, grief is a personal, intimate experience. As such, this is not Linkin Park, nor is it Fort Minor — it’s just me. Art has always been the place I go when I need to sort through the complexity and confusion of the road ahead. I don’t know where this path goes, but I’m grateful I get to share it with you.”
Learn more about the EP here, and listen below.