Before Linkin Park front man Chester Bennington died in July 2017, he had made plans to reunite Grey Daze, the Arizona-based band he had fronted in the 1990s prior to joining Linkin Park and launching to global stardom.
Bennington’s tragic death ended those reunion plans, but in his name and as a tribute to their fallen band mate and friend, the remaining members of Grey Daze forged ahead — and will release a new album of re-recorded songs from their long out-of-print and largely unavailable albums with Bennington.
The first preview of this project is “What’s In the Eye,” which premiered last week. Featuring Bennington’s original vocals and a newly rewritten composition, it’s a strong introduction to what Grey Daze was with Bennington back in the early portion of his musical career:
For comparison’s sake, here’s the original versions of “What’s In the Eye,” from the band’s album … No Sun Today:
Grey Daze members Sean Dowdall (drums), bassist Mace Beyers and guitarist Cristin Davis worked with producers Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), Kyle Hoffman, and Jay Baumgardner on “modernizing” the track for its 2020 premiere.
“Over the years we’d become more knowledgeable, more experienced, and had more resources, so we decided to pick a selection of songs from our previously released albums and re-record them the way they deserved to have been treated back in the ‘90s when we initially wrote and released them,” explained the band in an open letter posted to their social media channels in December. “By February 2017 we started recording and in June, Chester and Sean announced the reunion, with a live performance planned for that Fall. Unfortunately, as we all know, that never happened.”
Said Tom Whalley, president/founder of Loma Vista Recordings — the label with which Grey Daze will release this as-yet-untitled new record:
“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. 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.”
Stay tuned for more.