CHVRCHES Respond to Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda’s ‘Disney Commercial Music’ Comment, Politely

By Philip Cosores

If you find it hard to keep up with the latest musician beef, you are not alone. It seems CHVRCHES, the polite and eloquent Scottish electro-pop trio, have fallen behind as well.

But in an interview with joiz at France’s OpenAir St. Gallen festival, the band caught up and finally fired back at Linkin Park‘s Mike Shinoda, who named CHVRCHES along with HAIM and Vampire Weekend as examples of  music that “sounds like Disney commercial music” in an interview with Noisey… from April.

The rising indie outfit, known for their earworm single “The Mother We Share,” are hardly seasoned pros at trading public shots, and begin the conversation mildly and with restraint. “I’m a massive Linkin Park fan,” Martin Doherty says before snickering at his own sarcasm.

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But then the gloves come off, with frontwoman Lauren Mayberry cleverly noting “it’s not a coincidence that his band has a record to sell, and he mentioned several bands that people are writing about.”

Indeed, Linkin Park recently released The Hunting Party, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

Later in the interview, Iain Cook chimes in by noting that it is “a pointless dig,” questioning what Linkin Park have to gain by the knock, which Doherty chuckles at, thinking Cook actually said “pointless dick.” The whole band has a laugh about that one, eventually deciding to “let the music do the talking.”

Check out the full 15-minute interview below, or skip to the nine-minute mark for the pertinent section and skip the recap of the band’s steak dinner from the night before. Talk about beef…


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