Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda has shared a new EP and message in tribute to his late band mate Chester Bennington.
The three-song release marks his first new music since the death of the late singer. Shinoda produced homemade videos for each song, all of which featuring, to different degrees, footage of him filming himself in his home.
He also posted a lengthy message explaining his grieving process since Bennington’s death.
“The past six months have been a rollercoaster” Shinoda explained. “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.”
He also revealed opening track ‘Place To Start’ features voicemails left on his phone following Bennington’s death. “I wanted to put this out as soon as possible because I’m living it,” he wrote, “And a lot of other people are living it, too.” You can view his message and the tracks below.
— Mike Shinoda (@mikeshinoda) January 25, 2018
Last month Shinoda provided an update on the future of the group, ruling out the prospect of touring with a holographic Bennington.
The nu-metal icons last performed at a tribute concert in October to celebrate the life of Bennington after his death earlier this year.
“I’ve actually heard other people outside the band suggest that and there’s absolutely no way… I can’t do a hologram Chester you guys, that would be the worst,” he said at the time.
“For any of you guys who have lost a loved one, best friend, family member, can you imagine having a hologram of them? Awful. I can’t do it. I don’t know what we’re going to do, but we’ll figure it out eventually.”
Meanwhile, Shinoda recently opened up on the release of Linkin Park’s new live album – and discussed how the record was a “beautiful” way of reflecting on the band’s time with Bennington.”