Wastelands

Album: The Hunting Party (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • This blunt rocker finds Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington spitting lyrics about their discontent with the current music industry. Too many artists are choosing to follow the latest trends and playing safe, they declare, and the battlefield has become a wasteland.

    Mike Shinoda explained to Rolling Stone how he drew songwriting inspiration from an article about Japanese culture when he was working on The Hunting Party. "[The article] was talking about how people [in Japan] were concerned that the new generation of kids were becoming 'herbivores' – they were passive and they weren't going out and getting a job or getting a girlfriend," he said. "They were sitting and playing video games and waiting for stuff to come to them."

    Shinoda continued: "They were worried what was going to happen to their culture if there weren't any more 'carnivores.' I thought, 'What's going on in Rock music is really the same thing.' I connected with that on a deep emotional level because I was looking for something that was visceral and aggressive, and I wanted to hear this certain kind of music, and I couldn't find it."

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