GREY DAZE, Chester Bennington‘s pre-LINKIN PARK band, will launch a brand new album, “The Phoenix”, on June 17 through 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.
The official music video for the tune “Beginning To Fly”, taken from “The Phoenix”, could be seen beneath.
“‘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 after we have been writing it. Now that we’re a few years eliminated, it’s extremely clear what we have been going by means of. We have been at a special stage of grief. We went by means of the shock and the disappointment. Now, we’re again to gratitude. So, ‘The Phoenix’ is extra of a celebration of our good friend, his expertise, and the music. It captures Chester‘s angst and power that folks fell in love with. It is rather more aggressive. In the event you love Chester‘s scream, you will love this report.”
The official Marc Silverstein-directed video for the album’s first single, “Saturation (Unusual Love)”, could be seen beneath. The observe, 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’ll 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 potential to scream in key… and this tune brings you again to every little thing you like about that scream. You are feeling that angst and uncooked emotion he delivered to every little thing 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 strategy 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 greatest as “a terrific trendy rock report fronted by top-of-the-line vocalists within the sport.” In late 2020, the trio reconvened with Jones re-recording, and re-working the remaining 10 tracks that might develop into “The Phoenix”.
“The Phoenix” observe 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 model as “early-’90s -style rock. It wasn’t pop rock, it wasn’t heavy steel. It was in between grunge and good rock. We did not know what we have been doing. We have been simply writing songs and singing. It was a four-piece band. A few of our songs have been extra rock. Others have been extra, I do not know, different? I’ve at all times been into punk and basic rock. The primary few years of being a musician, it was all cowl band stuff, and we might throw in a number 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 laborious.”
He added: “I undoubtedly know why it did not go wherever: All of us needed to make it, however all of us needed to make it for various causes. It wasn’t all about making good songs, the place the rest that comes from that may be a fringe profit.”
Bennington was discovered useless in his Los Angeles-area residence 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