Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst: ‘We don’t listen to rap-rock’

Returning frontman admits that band aren't into their own genre

Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has admitted that his don’t listen to the rap-rock genre they popularised.

The returning ‘Nookie’ band are back with new album ‘Gold Cobra’. But Durst has said in a new interview that the key to the band’s comeback is embracing the genre that made them huge, even though that is no longer where their personal tastes lie.

Durst told MTV News: “The epiphany was, we’ve got to own who we are and stay true to what we are. We’re a rap-rock band. We’re Limp Bizkit. We might individually like different things, and none of us listen to rap-rock, but when we get together in a band room, that’s what we make. There’s no reason to search and find a newer Limp Bizkit or an evolved style or fit the radio format. I don’t think we have to prove anything. We just have to own it.”

However, Durst did admit to feeling nostalgic about his band’s early noughties heyday. He said: “I miss that whole genre – rap-rock or nu metal or rapcore, whatever we were called. There was a minute there when you had Bizkit, Deftones and Korn… There was something really special about those times. I feel like if we all got back together and did something, went on the road together, it could be really big.”

Limp Bizkit‘s return was galvanised by the return of guitarist Wes Borland, who departed the band after the 2000 album ‘Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water’. Durst said: “The fact we can’t escape is we really missed playing live together. We said, ‘Let’s get our feet wet. Let’s tour. That’s what we enjoy most. We’re a great live band.’ That’s what this started out as, and then, ‘When we feel like we wanted to do a record, let’s do it.’ So we started touring, and pretty soon it was like, ‘Let’s get in the studio now and do this.’ “

But he admitted that online criticism does hit hard. “I’m in touch with the social networks and stuff,” he said. “It’s hard not to hear the concentrated group of loud voices out there talking shit because we didn’t deliver when we said we would. With Limp Bizkit, it seems to be that any time I announce some sort of date or something it’s always wrong. They should know that by now. My intentions are always pure and sincere, and this time we felt that it’s been so long that taking a little bit more time to get it right isn’t so bad.”