Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda calls CHVRCHES “Disney commercial music,” CHVRCHES respond

on July 01, 2014, 4:49pm

Back in April, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda caused a minor huff when he made comments to Noisey about the homogeneous nature of the modern music landscape. “There’s so much music out there,” he said. “There’s so much stuff that sounds like HAIM or CHVRCHES or Vampire Weekend that I’m full. The thing I’m hungry for is not that. I turn on the rock station in L.A. and it sounds like Disney commercial music.”

Not to be taken lightly, CHVRCHES have responded to Shinoda’s claims in kind. During an interview with joiz at France’s OpenAir St. Gallen festival, multi-instrumentalist Iain Cook said Shinoda’s remarks were “a pointless dig,” adding, “What does he have to gain from saying that?” For her part, singer Lauren Mayberry called “bullshit” on Shinoda’s claims, explaining that it’s no “coincidence that he’s got a record to sell and he mentions several bands everyone is writing about.”  Update: According to CHVRCHESFans, the translation is wrong and Cook actually said “pointless dig,” not “pointless dick.”

Not quite yet done drawing blood, Mayberry also explained that she doesn’t “like being called a corporate sellout by the man who wrote the theme music for the MTV VMAs.” At which point she pretended to drop the mic.

Still, don’t expect CHVRCHES to get drawn into some rap-rock/synthpop feud (unless Shinoda makes his own response). Rather, Mayberry said that Shinoda’s opinion is “not one I would worry about hugely,” adding, “It’s not my kind of music. They’ve been on the radio for how long, and I just don’t listen to that radio station. That’s a smarter move then saying something for a tagline.”

In a similar display of “wisdom beyond their experience,” multi-instrumentalist Martin Doherty said the trio just tries to ignore any outside comments, be it good or bad. “We’ve developed this near super-human ability to block out whatever people are saying about us,” he said. “From the very first day we were in the public domain, we’ve known it’s as important to not listen to the praise as much as it’s not important to listen to the negative comments. Ultimatley, both have the same affect. We’ve been remarkably focused from day one.”

Even though they released the always perfect Hybrid Theory, this isn’t the first instance Linkin Park have been a bunch of fuddy-duddies as of late. In March, the band reportedly got cops to confiscate the weed belonging to Sublime With Rome while that band was on stage. Linkin Park later denied the rumors, but it’s hard to definitively shake the tag of a “narc.”

Watch the full interview below. The discussion about Shinoda begins around the 9:00 mark:


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July 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

This article really sensationalized the comment. Mike never said Chvrchs disney music. He said there a lot of bands that sounded like them. It wasn’t the band being called bad but a bunch of other bands trying to imitate them. He wasn’t insulting them, he was in a way praising them for getting the attention from others but didn’t like the volume of their music.

Adeola Tobi Ola
July 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

“These people love to put a twist to your words to infer that you said something fucking absurd.” Fort Minor – Get Me Gone

July 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Lolz, I think half the fans of Linkin Park are little fucking 12 year old boys hehehe

July 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm

I do not think Chrvches music sounds like everything else on rock stations now days. I think Mike Sinoda is bus gelous that his band Linkin Park is not getting as much airplay on the radio. I like both bands. It’s a big change for Linkin Park to not get as much airplay on the radio as they have in the in the past. I really do believe Mike is just upset that the new and upcoming bands are getting more airplay today than his band is.

July 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Ironic comment of the year: Anyone in Linkin Park saying anything sounds homogenous and commercial.

To LP fans: You’re not edgy teenagers anymore. Now you’re edgy adults still in the bedroom you grew up in wishing you could be an edgy teenager again. Get a job, get a life, listen to better music.

July 2, 2014 at 11:44 am

Chvrches does sound like every other band out there nowadays, and it is all very happy-gay and poppy like Disney, so Shinoda was spot on there. He’s not specifically bashing them; he’s bashing today’s music in general. And today’s “radio” music is all way too similar. that’s how some genres of music work though…comes and goes in fads. Pretty sure people will always remember Linkin Park though….Chvrches…eh, not so much.

Anonymous #2
July 2, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I can tell you don’t listen to Chvrches. It’s far from sounding like a lot of chart pop music. The lyrics are actually really intelligent and there’s some darker sounding songs on their debut, not to mention they are a three piece who have mastered the art of dual-synths and drum programming/sampling. Incredible live. Once again though, Linkin Park elitists would be quick to jump on something they know little about to defend their precious band.

Mike Shinoda
July 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Chvrches sounds like Madonna… do I really need to say anything more?

Jamie Coughlan
July 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm

I can’t even believe there’s a debate about who is a better band. Whatever you like, it is clear which band is better. One band has intelligent, nuanced music and lyrics and the other is all noise and fury, signifying nothing.

July 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

I prefer Disney to the kind of nonsense that soundtracks Michael Bay films.

Mister Jones
July 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

Opportunistic journalist makes something out of nothing.

Iain clearly said ‘DIG’ but Martin jokes that he thought it sounded like ‘DICK’. So Iain blurts out “Pointless DICK” and they laugh. #nonissue

I’m a person
July 2, 2014 at 12:33 am

I’d be very happy if Lincoln Park and chvrches stopped making music forever.

July 2, 2014 at 2:32 am

take fob too (Please)

July 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

I’d be very happy if Lincoln Park and chvrches stopped making music.

Rick James
July 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I’d be happy if you could learn how to spell the bands name correctly! ;)

July 2, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Well, they typically don’t play Chvrches on the radio, and even if they did you could invest in a CD player for your car. Sure you’re free to say they make bad music, but even if they did it shouldn’t matter to you if they music or not.

Justin Widle
July 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

Wait, people give a shit what Linkin Narc has to say? Is it 2000? Am I Junior in High School still? Because even then, nobody gave a fuck what they had to say about anything.

July 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

You might as well be in Junior High with the Linkin Narc comment. Unbelievably clever on your part!

July 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Chvrches Who is it?

July 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Chvrches DO sound really commercial, but I think as Karina said, Shinoda was targeting LA rock radio and not the three bands he mentioned. He seems like a pretty decent guy usually. Well, except for FORT MINOR.

July 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Mike Shinoda called music on LA rock radio stations sound like disney commercial music. NOT CHVRCHES. Mike Shinoda said he likes Chvrches (and yes he does listen to them).

July 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Coming from the same guy that was behind “Fort Minor.” Woof.

Rick James
July 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Fort Minor was pretty successful….

Ricardo Alonso
July 1, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Well, linkin park sounds like 20 bands at their time when all the nu metal pop – rap crap is on the radio, thanks God is over.

Chvrches Neo
July 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

The Switzerland guys made a wrong translation: ‘it’s a bit of a pointless dig’, a dig being defined as ‘a cutting remark’ in this context. No one said dick

Daniel Smith
July 1, 2014 at 5:45 pm

I think they both suck.

Rock Man
July 1, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Dou you have any idea regarding music? If no. then please keep mum… Linkin Park is a way better band than CHVRCHES

July 1, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Better band, who knows. Better speller, also a bit of a toss-up.

Daniel Smith
July 1, 2014 at 11:12 pm

One thing about CHVRCHES is they have less annoying fans so I would have to give them the nod.


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