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Dead by Sunrise (previously known as Snow White Tan) is the side project of Linkin Park's lead vocalist, Chester Bennington. The name Snow White Tan was speculated to be a reference to the David Bowie track "Ziggy Stardust", which includes the lyrics "Came on so loaded, man/Well hung and snow-white tan". Chester has said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, "We were called Snow White Tan for a while, and then I changed the name to Dead By Sunrise, but I really just like Chester Bennington."
The band, which also features Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck of the band Orgy, and Anthony "Fu" Valcic, is Bennington's solo endeavor. The Dead by Sunrise album has been recorded in full and was originally slated for a 2006 release, and then an early 2007 release, but due to his commitments to Linkin Park, Chester has put the release on hold until early 2009. Recent news posted by The Pulse of Radio say that Chester Bennington's solo album is still in production and will be finalized sometime during Spring of 2008. Bennington stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that he hopes to put the Dead By Sunrise album in 2009. He also said in an interview with Orange County Register that he will work on the album simultaneously with a fourth Linkin Park record.
Chester performs guitar and keyboard on the album, as well as singing. All extra instrumental, programming and production was undertaken by Ryan, Amir, and Fu. The album does not yet have a title, but names have been thrown around previously. It is also said to be a far-cry from the sounds of Linkin Park and draws influence from '90s rock as well as '80s pop such as The Cure, Depeche Mode, and Bauhaus. When asked in an interview about the difference between Dead By Sunrise and Linkin Park, Bennington responded, "It’s hard to describe. Like, describe the difference between Soundgarden and Alice in Chains, you know what I mean? It’s almost impossible. There are obvious things about it that when you listen to it, you’ll know it’s not a Linkin Park record. You’re not gonna get confused. You’ll have to hear it."
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