A rare Linkin Park demo track titled “Pictureboard” was released today (October 9) as part of the 20th anniversary edition of “Hybrid Theory.” The song was one of the band’s first to feature the late Chester Bennington and it can be streamed below:
Brad Delson told Kerrang! the following about the track:
“We had made a bunch of demos and at that moment we were looking for a vocalist, and someone… a friend of a friend, had worked with Chester in Arizona. Chester’s story – which I’m certain is true – is that he left his own birthday party to go to the studio and record his vocals on the tracks he had sent. That’s how excited he was.
He’d been in bands for years in Arizona and had basically hit the point where it was harder to get noticed out there, which was frustrating, and by that point he’d got a 9-5 job. And then he got this demo, left the party, recorded the vocals, and the rest is history.”
He also added the following when asked how he reacted to Bennington’s vocals:
“It just blew my mind. He sounds like two different people on the same song; the verses sound very, very, vulnerable. That song shows you all of his range: it’s got the tiny, tiny, vulnerable verse, which we were able to channel on songs like ‘Leave Out All The Rest‘ or ‘Breaking The Habit‘ or ‘One More Light‘… and then it’s got the big, melodic, almost screamy but still melodic chorus that you’d hear on ‘Crawling‘. It had all those elements there and it was like fireworks.”