The new release from the California rockers is upon us, along with a release date for the new album Living Things, which will become available on June 26th. It’s been a long time coming, as the band began talking about a new album way back in June of last year, saying that “The music is great and we’re well ahead of where we’re expecting to be. There aren’t a whole lot of noises going on, but there are a lot of good songs.” Linkin Park have always said that they aim to produce a new album every 18 months. Their last, A Thousand Suns, was released in September 2010, so fans knew that new material was due.
Burn It Down is the first single to come from Living Things and we can only expect the future releases to follow suit, in terms of the strong pop beats mixed with synth and guitar backing. Chester’s vocals paired with Mike Shinoda’s rap are once again integrated, in a way that make Linkin Park unique. It’s neither rock nor pop, it’s both and it’s this that identifies the band.
The lyrics have the same apocalyptic theme as New Divide, which they recorded for the film Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen in 2009. Burn It Down is a lot more pop-based but the story is still about a broken world and things being built to be pulled down. Although we can guess at a more personal meaning, it isn’t until Shinoda’s rap that the fact it’s about a destructive relationship is spelt out. It’s about making up to break up again and eventually, anger and hurt are going to triumph, hence the line “When you fall, I’ll take my turn and fan the flames as your blazes burn”. Admitting that there are several possible meanings to the song, Mike gave an interesting alternative meaning behind it in an MTV interview, saying it reflects “what we do in pop culture, where we build somebody up to be the next great thing and then we just like to destroy them at the end of the day.”
Burn It Down is certainly an exciting insight into what we can expect in June and it sounds like an album to be turned up and blasted through the house on a summer day. The single was released online yesterday with three live tracks from the band’s set at last summer’s iTunes festival, as well as an official lyric video with the official video still to be unleashed.