Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has unveiled a new solo song, titled “About You,” along with an accompanying music video. The tune also features producer and rapper Blackbear and will appear on Shinoda’s debut solo album, Post Traumatic, due out June 15th. Shinoda premiered the track on Apple Music’s Beats One, where he said that the lyrics were not directly about late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.
Shinoda explained, “I was writing all these songs and a lot of the early stuff on this album was about what had happened and it was about Chester and all that. Then I started trying to write some songs that weren’t about Chester and weren’t about that whole thing, and I realized that people would hear them as if they were about him. I was like, man even when I try and make a song that’s not about him, it still feels like it’s about him.”
Shinoda also said that the members of Linkin Park are in touch and talking, but have not come up with any decisions about the band’s future, explaining, “It could be one thing, like we said ‘Hey do you want to go to the studio and just write some new stuff?’ That’s like the easiest thing in the world. Yes, we can do that. But then what happens after that? . . . I don’t want to get out onstage and if it’s just the five of us, how are we going to play ‘One Step Closer.'”
Shinoda will make his first solo appearance since Bennington’s death at this spring’s Identity LA festival in downtown Los Angeles on May 12th.