The New Strange, may very well be one of the most appropriately named projects to come along in a long time…. The duo is set to release their musical take on one of the biggest pop hits of all time in the shape of Benny Mardones‘ croonsome classic Into The Night. You can watch the lyric video created for the song below!
The New Strange is a unique musical partnership between James Durbin, of American Idol fame and journeyman rock guitarist Alex Grossi. Alex and James have worked both individually and collectively on various projects, with music placed with Walt Disney Touchstone Pictures, FX, NBC, VH1, ABC, FOX and many others writing original material as well re-working existing tracks to fit with the producer or director’s vision; Sentinel Daily readers will remember that the pair appeared together in the most recent recording iteration of hair metal legends Quiet Riot on their Road Rage album from 2017.
After hearing the Benny Mardones classic Into The Night playing on a Waffle House jukebox James and Alex on a whim decided to take a stab at recording a ‘Rock’ version of the double platinum hit song. Upon hearing their rough mix it was clear that what they ended up with was more than just a simple “re-make” and they sent the track to Mardones himself!
States Benny Mardones: “James Durbin and Alex Grossi have done something that NO other artist ever has done with my Into The Night, They found the key to making it an honest to God rock ballad. I am simply over the moon!”
Into The Night is unusual for being one of only ten recordings in history to ever ascend to the Top 20 of Billboard Hot 100 chart twice – first in 1980 and again in 1989 and to this day is one of the top twenty five most played songs on American Radio.
“With this project we haven’t set out to do anything more than what WE want to do not what we think will make other people like it” says Durbin. “It’s nice to do something that reminds you why you got into this crazy business to begin with”, adds Grossi. “I’d consider what we’re doing to be more of an idea or a concept than an actual band, the refreshingly unique way that this whole came about has been very inspiring both artistically and professionally.”
Golden Robot Records is excited to be releasing what could very well be the Into The Night hat-trick, seeing it return to the Top 20 for the third time! The label will release the track along with an original track, the arena-ready Tomorrow Never Comes (which is very good indeed! – Ed)..
Both tracks were recorded and produced by Alistair James, who most recently worked with the Joe Perry/Alice Cooper/Johnny Depp project Hollywood Vampires.