GREY DAZE ‘AMENDS’ OUT NOW
Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band have released Amends today via Loma Vista Recordings. The Phoenix-born band’s eagerly-awaited album features newly recorded music with re-mastered vocals from the group’s long out-of-print, and largely undiscovered, catalog.
Amends is the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognizable voices and also a full circle moment among friends. The album is the fulfillment of a planned Grey Daze reunion that Chester had announced prior to his untimely passing. The remaining band members – Dowdell (drums), Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar) – along with Talinda Bennington (Chester’s widow) and his parents, made it their mission to see the project through with assistance from Tom Whalley, the founder of Loma Vista Recordings and former Warner Bros. Records Chairman during Linkin Park’s tenure at the label. Dowdell, Beyers and Davis selected the tracks from the band’s mid-90s, but largely unknown, catalog and re-recorded the music in 2019 to accompany Chester’s re-mastered vocals. Produced by Jay Baumgardner, several musicians leant their time and talent to the album, including Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch and James “Munky” Shaffer, Paige Hamilton (Helmet), Chris Traynor (Bush, Helmet, Orange 9MM), LP, Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin) and Ryan Shuck (Orgy).
Dave Navarro takes fans behind-the-scenes into Chester Bennington’s early years as the “Ink Master” host delves into the story of Grey Daze with the band’s drummer Sean Dowdell, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, singer LP, Chris Traynor (Bush/Helmet) and producer Esjay Jones for a roundtable discussion dubbed “Shouting Out.”
Grey Daze “Shouting Out” hosted by Dave Navarro
Amends is available in a variety of collectible formats with several iterations available exclusively via the band’s website. The CD comes as a 16-page case-bound book; a first pressing, ruby red vinyl variant exclusive to the band’s webstore; and a numbered deluxe edition featuring both a CD and LP, which includes the first ever disc tray designed for vinyl, a 60-page book with never-before-seen photos, 180g red and white splattered vinyl, and a collectible set of band memorabilia dubbed the “Grey Daze Archive.”
Grey Daze formed in 1992. The Phoenix-based band went on to independently release two albums: Wake Me (1994) and no sun today(1996). Grey Daze parted ways in 1998, with Chester serendipitously auditioning for the Los Angeles band Xero, who later became Linkin Park. In 2017, Chester announced Grey Daze’s reunion, which would see the band re-working and re-recording a collection of songs they had started two decades earlier. The project was shelved in July 2017 but with the blessing of Chester’s widow, Talinda, and his family, Grey Dazeregrouped and finished the album. Amends represents an important yet unheard chapter – the origin story of one of modern rock’s most recognizable voices – and also a full circle moment along friends. Grey Daze is Chester Bennington (vocals), Sean Dowdell (drums), Mace Beyers (bass) and Cristin Davis (guitar).
Chester Bennington Remembered by Early Band Grey Daze in Mini-Doc
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