Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band, have released a new song titled “What’s in the Eye” featuring vocals the late rocker recorded when he was only 17 years old.
The accompanying video for the track, which was co-written by Bennington and the band’s drummer Sean Dowdell, features archival footage of the singer projected on the iris of an eye. “What’s in the Eye” was originally recorded back in 1993 and 1996, and subsequently reworked with the help of producers Chris Traynor, Kyle Hoffman and Jay Baumgardner.
The song will appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length album, which arrives later this year via Loma Vista Recordings. Bennington had been working on a proper Grey Daze reunion when he passed away in 2017. His bandmates, friends, family and various collaborators have since come together to give his pre-Linkin Park recordings a second life.
“It’s bittersweet for me. There’s that big, obvious looming thing that he’s not here to share this with me,” Dowdell told Kerrang! recently. “But I’m very proud in how we curated this music. We took almost three years to make this record after he passed. I think he’d be quite proud of what we did.”
More details on the as-yet-untitled record will be released in the coming weeks. In the meanwhile, watch the video for “What’s in the Eye” here: