Wastelands

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"Wastelands"
Single by Linkin Park
from the album The Hunting Party
Working title Artillery / The Wastelands / Wastelands Of Today
Recorded 2013-2014
Released June 1, 2014
Format Digital
Length 03:15
Time signature 4/4
Tempo 170
Key D Minor
References John Lennon - Power To The People
Live debut May 24, 2014
Last played November 14, 2015
Writer(s) Linkin Park
Producer(s) Brad Delson, Mike Shinoda, Rob Cavallo
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop
Linkin Park singles chronology

Until It's Gone (2014) Wastelands (2014) Rebellion (2014)

The Hunting Party track listing
  1. Keys To The Kingdom
  2. All For Nothing (feat. Page Hamilton)
  3. Guilty All The Same (feat. Rakim)
  4. The Summoning
  5. War
  6. Wastelands
  7. Until It's Gone
  8. Rebellion (feat. Daron Malakian)
  9. Mark The Graves
  10. Drawbar (feat. Tom Morello)
  11. Final Masquerade
  12. A Line In The Sand

Background

The first verse of "Wastelands" was written before any of the music for the track was written, but the second verse got rewritten at the end of the recording sessions.[1][2] The song follows a fairly straight forward structure, until the end of the song, when the band completely changes the chord progression of the chorus, an unusual characteristic for Linkin Park.[3]

Remix

On December 24, 2014, several members from the Linkin Park Association community teamed up to release a remix album of The Hunting Party titled Viscera. The album was later released to the LP Underground on June 18, 2015 after the band received the full rights to distribute the album. The remix of "Wastelands" was done by Cypher, and samples "Step Up". The instrumental version of the remix was released February 28, 2015.

Tracklist

Digital Single

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1 Wastelands Linkin Park 3:15

Music Video

Versions

Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.

Studio

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wastelands LP Recharge - Wastelands

The Hunting Party

Wastelands

3:15 2013-2014 June 1, 2014
  • Contains a reference to John Lennon's "Power To The People".
Wastelands 3:10 2013-2014 June 1, 2014
Wastelands (Instrumental) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:18 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official instrumental version.
Wastelands (Acapella) The Hunting Party: Acapellas + Instrumentals 3:15 2013-2014 August 12, 2014
  • Official acapella version.

Remix

Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wastelands: Cypher Viscera 2:24 2014 December 24, 2014
  • Remix by Cypher.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on December 24, 2014 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.
  • Released to LP Underground members for free download on June 18, 2015 in MP3 format.
  • The band obtained all the rights to the album.
Wastelands: Cypher (Instrumental) Viscera (Instrumentals) 2:24 2014 February 28, 2015
  • Remix by Cypher.
  • Instrumental version.
  • Released on LPAssociation for free download on February 28, 2015 in AAC, MP3 and FLAC formats.

Live

"Wastelands" got its live debut at KFMA Day 2014, the first show of The Hunting Party touring cycle. Technically, the song has only been performed in full three times, once at KROQ Red Bull Sound Space and twice at iHeart Radio Theater. Every other performance of the song has come straight from the extended transition outro of "Runaway", where Mike raps the first verse of "Wastelands" over an altered version of the "Runaway" bridge instrumental", or with a hard start, as seen at Download 2014. At the show in Tampa 2014, Mike accidentally rapped a demo verse of "Wastelands" over the transition outro of "Runaway".

Variations

Last Updated: December 26, 2015

Type Description First Played Last Played
Intro Hard Start (No Album Version Intro) May 24, 2014 November 14, 2015

Live Guests

Last Updated: December 26, 2015

  • Benjamin Chandler (replacing Brad Delson)
  • Warren Willis (replacing Joe Hahn)

Personnel

Linkin Park is

  • Chester Bennington
  • Rob Bourdon
  • Brad Delson
  • Phoenix
  • Joe Hahn
  • Mike Shinoda

Production

  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • "Wastelands" co-produced by Rob Cavallo
  • Lyrics & Vocals by Mike Shionda and Chester Bennington
  • Background Vocals by Brad Delson, Joe Hahn, Rob Bourdon, and Phoenix
  • Additional Lyrics by Brad Delson
  • Engineering by Ethan Mates and Mike Shinoda
  • Digital editing by Josh Newell
  • Assistant Engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Additional Assistant Engineers: Brendan Dekora and Jennifer Langdon
  • Studio Electro Tech: Warren Willis
  • Studio Drum Tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Album Production Coordination: Ryan DeMarti
  • Recorded at Larrabee Sound Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Additional Recording at EastWest Studios and Glenwood Place Studios
  • Mixed by Andy Wallace
  • Pro Tools Engineered by Paul Suarez
  • Assisted by Del Bowers
  • Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge
  • Assisted by Rich Morales

Lyrics

Gallery

In Other Media

  • "Wastelands" is featured in Linkin Park's 2014 videogame LP Recharge - Wastelands.
  • "Wastelands" is featured in the 2015 videogame Guitar Hero Live.

External Links

References

  • Twitter, June 2014
  • Twitter, June 2014
  • Twitter, June 2014