Mike Shinoda Says Most Of The Unreleased Linkin Park Tracks Are Garbage

Having released their last album in 2017 before Chester Bennington passed away, Linking Park’s Mike Shinoda recently stated that there is a lot of unreleased material awaiting but, he doesn’t think they are good enough to be released.

Linkin Park released their last album ‘One More Light’ in 2017, two months before the death of their vocalist Chester Bennington. Their friend’s death put the band on hiatus even though they loved recording and performing. In various interviews, the band members stated that they need to plan how to go on without Bennington before they can return to Linkin Park.

The band’s other lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mike Shinoda released his solo album’ Post Traumatic’ in 2018, portraying his feelings towards Bennington’s tragic exit from his life. After his 2018 album, he released ‘Dropped Frames’ in 2020 after he started streaming live on Twitch, making music, and connecting with fans by getting their feedback on his art.

While there is no news about Linkin Park releasing new material, Shinoda recently talked about having unreleased songs. Even though he stated that it’s normal to have these ‘assets,’ there is a reason they weren’t published. According to him, the reason was that their quality wasn’t good enough, and he called them ‘garbage.’ The singer stated that he is open to the idea of revisiting them and trying to make them releasable, but that is not his priority.

Here is what Shinoda thinks about their unreleased material:

“In general, just as a general idea, I probably make something like, if I averaged it out, I have like maybe six or seven digits of demos – just stuff. And the vast majority of it is garbage, but it’s a lot of stuff. Yeah, it’s always been a thing. The idea of having that much material is always like you’ve got these assets that you can do something with and as an artist, the reason that stuff is not out is that it didn’t pass a certain threshold of quality.

There’s a way to take something that didn’t hit the mark at a certain point in which it was made and revisit it through a newer land and make something good out of it. Personally, I am open to that idea, but it’s certainly not on top of my to-do list.

The band definitely doesn’t want to replace Bennington, and if they need a new vocalist, they’d rather it happen naturally because they won’t look for one. In an earlier interview with Metal Hammer, Shinoda stated that the band is not in the emotional state of mind to create new material.