If you’re part of that vast, vast cross-section of music fans who are really into both Linkin Park and Chvrches, I have bad news for you: your favorite bands are at war.
The epic battle all started back in April, when Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda gave an interview to Noisey in which he implied that Chvrches sounded a lot like some of the other popular indie pop bands of the day.
“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.”
Well, if you thought the folks in Chvrches were going to take that lying down, you were sorely mistaken, my friend. Chvrches bassist Iain Cook called Shinoda “a pointless dick,” while vocalist Lauren Mayberry was equally un-subtle, simply calling it bullshit. Clearly, the Linkin Park-Chvrches war is about to erupt into a full-scale bloodbath, where fans of both groups are pitted against each other in a vicious battle royale.
Let’s hope it goes better than the infamous New Order-White Lion war of 1987, of which there were no survivors.