Corey Taylor talked about rock bands, taking risks in music and the new LINKIN PARK album “One More Light“, telling Alt Press:
“People are growing up very specifically categorized – there’s a very specific sound for active rock, there’s a very specific sound for alternative, there’s a very specific for this and that and the other one. And everyone is terrified to step outside of that box because there’s no proven way to make money when you step outside of that box. We’ve never given a shit. We’re either thin or flush. That’s just the way we like to run.
“To a lot of bands, ‘rock’ is a dirty word. They won’t even call themselves a rock band anymore; they’ll call themselves alternative bands all day, and it’s like, ‘No, fuck that. Are you kidding?’
“I had a band, who I won’t mention by name, tell me to my face: ‘We’re not rock anymore, we’re alternative.’ And I was like, ‘That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.’ I said, ‘Why? What are you scared of?’ And they wouldn’t answer the correct way, so I just walked away from the conversation.
“I just think people are too worried about keeping up appearances, about some sort of backlash.
“I tell you what, give him shit for the way he said it, but look at Chester [Bennington]. At least Chester’s standing up for his new shit instead of hiding behind a wall of rhetoric because they’re afraid of not making money.
“Linkin Park is at least trying to do something different. You may not like it, but who gives a shit? There are people out there who will like it, and they’ve at least got the balls to do it.
“I understand why the reaction to what he said was what it was, but he’s got a point, man.
“Fuck you if you don’t like the new shit. People are so afraid of risk, that the only way you really win is if you risk, and that’s all we’ve done our whole career.”
In a recent interview with Kerrang! Radio, LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington says he’s willing to fight with anyone who thinks ‘they made a marketing decision to make this kind of record to make money’ or if you call the band a ‘sell outs’ – then Chester would like to fight you.
He says: “Either you like the song or you don’t and if you don’t like the song because you hear it and on a kneejerk reaction it’s like ‘oh it doesn’t have metal in it so I don’t like it’, that’s fine, like whatever.”