GREY DAZE Announce New Album ‘Amends’
Unbelievably poignant, the sound of Chester Bennington is still as recognisable as ever and brings a particularly bittersweet shade to the newest single from his previous band Grey Daze.
There is no doubt that the untimely passing of Chester Bennington struck the rock world at its core, as the vocalist had been such a mouthpiece for the visceral and blistering emotional turmoils that gnaw at every person, and the newest single released by his pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze brings this feeling to the forefront again. Sharing a previously unheard track that Chester sung on, the emotions grip as deeply as ever, and the melancholy hanging over the lyricism makes the single Sickness particularly hard-hitting as Chester continues baring his soul through music.
The single is one of a collection of unheard music from the band’s undiscovered catalogue, and these will be released as part of an album, Amends, on April 10th via Loma Vista Recordings. The album forms part of a planned Grey Daze reunion that Chester had announced prior to his untimely passing, and his friends, bandmates, and family made it their goal to see the project through.
The band’s founder and drummer Sean Dowdell opens up:
We started Grey Daze in 1993, the band ended up breaking up in 1998. Fast forward to 2016, Chester’s on the road and says, ‘I think we should put Grey Daze back together.’ Obviously, what happened, happened and Chester was tragically taken from us. Of course, as soon as he passed, it was like ‘oh my God, I lost my friend, my friend’s wife is now a widow and my friend’s kids are now fatherless.’ There were all of these emotions. About six or seven months later, I started some conversations and said I really want to finish this album. We’re not going to accept mediocrity, we’re going to do our friend proud, we’re going to make Chester proud and we’re going to make sure this is something he would have been elated to put out.
Deeply tied to the memory of Chester, the video accompanying the single actually nods towards some real-life experiences, as Sean explains:
This is loosely based on a true story from when Chester was 15-years-old. He was being bullied at school and one day suffered a real beating. That was the day I assumed a role as protector and almost older brother figure to Chester that has lasted since, even after his passing.
3. What’s In The Eye
4. The Syndrome
5. In Time
6. Just Like Heroine
8. Soul Song
9. Morei Sky
10. She Shines
11. Shouting Out