GREY DAZE, Chester Bennington‘s pre-LINKIN PARK band, will launch a brand new album, “The Phoenix”, on June 17 by way of Loma Vista Recordings. It’s the follow-up to 2020’s “Amends”, which featured newly recorded music with remastered vocals from the group’s lengthy out-of-print and largely undiscovered catalog.
“‘Amends’ was extra emotional and reflective,” explains drummer and songwriter Sean Dowdell of the totally different temper and really feel displayed on “The Phoenix”, which additionally sees contributions from JANE’S ADDICTION‘s Dave Navarro, FILTER‘s Richard Patrick and Bennington‘s daughters, Lily and Lila Bennington. “We felt unhappy once we had been writing it. Now that we’re a few years eliminated, it’s extremely clear what we had been going by. We had been at a unique stage of grief. We went by the shock and the unhappiness. Now, we’re again to gratitude. So, ‘The Phoenix’ is extra of a celebration of our pal, his expertise, and the music. It captures Chester‘s angst and power that folks fell in love with. It is way more aggressive. In the event you love Chester‘s scream, you will love this file.”
A preview of “The Phoenix” arrives with immediately’s launch of “Saturation (Unusual Love)” and its Marc Silverstein-directed video. The monitor, evocative of the shift in power between “Amends” and “The Phoenix”, showcases a youthful Chester and the uncooked, astounding expertise was already in possession of, as Dowdell notes: “It will shock lots of people as a result of it will get again to Chester‘s core. One of many issues that folks love about him was his distinctive means to scream in key… and this music brings you again to every part you’re keen on about that scream. You are feeling that angst and uncooked emotion he delivered to every part he did.”
Over the course of GREY DAZE‘s first incarnation, which ran 1994 to 1997, the group recorded and launched two albums. It’s these albums that function a basis for each “Amends” and “The Phoenix”. Previous to Bennington‘s passing, he publicly introduced GREY DAZE‘s return, which included re-recording the band’s largely undiscovered discography. With Chester‘s widow Talinda Bennington‘s blessing, and dealing with producer Esjay Jones, the surviving bandmembers — Dowdell, bass participant Mace Beyers and guitar participant Cristin Davis — moved ahead, as each a option to pay tribute to their fallen brother and bandmate, but in addition to reveal his followers to a different dimension of the dynamic singer. “Amends” arrived in 2020, with Rolling Stone, Revolver, Billboard and Kerrang! praising the gathering. NME summed it up finest as “an ideal fashionable rock file fronted by among the finest vocalists within the recreation.” In late 2020, the trio reconvened with Jones re-recording, and re-working the remaining 10 tracks that will grow to be “The Phoenix”.
“The Phoenix” monitor itemizing:
01. Saturation (Unusual Love)
02. Beginning To Fly
03. Be Your Man
04. Holding You (that includes Dave Navarro)
05. Gap (that includes Lily & Lila Bennington)
07. Imagine Me (that includes Richard Patrick)
08. Something, Something
10. Wake Me
In a 2001 interview with Revolver journal, Chester described GREY DAZE‘s musical fashion as “early-’90s -style rock. It wasn’t pop rock, it wasn’t heavy metallic. It was in between grunge and good rock. We did not know what we had been doing. We had been simply writing songs and singing. It was a four-piece band. A few of our songs had been extra rock. Others had been extra, I do not know, different? I’ve all the time been into punk and traditional rock. The primary few years of being a musician, it was all cowl band stuff, and we would throw in a couple of originals. The final band I used to be in, I used to be in it for nearly eight years. We made two albums, and tried actually onerous.”
He added: “I positively know why it did not go anyplace: All of us wished to make it, however all of us wished to make it for various causes. It wasn’t all about making good songs, the place anything that comes from that could be a fringe profit.”
Bennington was discovered useless in his Los Angeles-area house in July 2017 after hanging himself.
LINKIN PARK headlined an all-star tribute live performance for Bennington in October 2017 in Los Angeles however has not introduced any future plans for recording or touring.
Picture credit score: Tom Preston
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