Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze have announced plans for an unheard full-length album release this Spring via Loma Vista Recordings.
Listen to the first release ‘What’s In The Eye’
Prior to his passing, Chester personally announced a 2017 Grey Daze reunion on social media. His bandmates, friends and family have stepped up to finish what the late singer started.
The resulting music represents an unheard chapter and the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognisable voices.
Originally recorded in 1993 and 1996, “What’s In the Eye” was re-written and
modernized by Grey Daze under the guidance of producers Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), Kyle Hoffman, and Jay Baumgardner. Using Chester’s original vocals, the song showcases that, even at the age of 17, Chester was already “delivering intense, almost physically palpable emotion” (New York Times).
“What’s In The Eye” was written lyrically in different phases by both Sean and Chester collaboratively. The song focuses on a friend’s premature death in a car accident and trying to understand the loss, relaying an emotional intensity that every listener
will not only understand, but instantly connect with. The beauty of Chester’s gifts were that he made others able to understand and cope with their own emotional pain, simply by listening to Chester’s vocal expression.
“As a teenager, when these recordings were done, he had this incredible raw and somewhat undeveloped voice that had an incredible tone. He had this ability to sing great rock melodies punctuated by that unmistakable guttural scream. Chester’s voice had a personality that made you a believer,” said Loma Vista Recordings founder and President Tom Whalley. “Listening to the new versions of these tracks, I think it represents everything that the band members and the family told me that Chester wanted to achieve with re-recording this body of work.”
Additional details about the album will be revealed
in the coming weeks. A series of letters about the project and passion behind its release were posted on various social media channels in December.
Aside from his Grey Daze bandmates, Chester’s widow, Talinda Bennington, his mother, Susan Eubanks, and his son Jamie Bennington, shared their thoughts about the forthcoming release. Read the open letters here.
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