Deftones’ Chino Moreno Says His Crosses (†††) Project Is In Its “White Pony” Era

During a recent interview with NME, Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far) opened up about the future of Crosses (†††). According to Moreno, the project is currently in its “White Pony” era.

Moreno said the following:

“To use Deftones as an analogy: when we did our first record, we were just trying to figure out what the hell we were doing, ‘Around The Fur‘ was us getting some confidence and success with that, then when we made ‘White Pony‘ that was us saying, ‘We can do anything now’.

People liked what we did and we had the freedom to expand. That’s where we’re at with Crosses now. We’ve shown what we can do, so now it’s like, ‘Check this out!’”

He also added:

“I’d like [Crosses] to coexist with life in general. Deftones don’t have much on the horizon other than doing some writing. There’s no high pressure. I like the idea of those guys writing sans my presence. For now, we’re pretty focused on this. I know Shaun has some other stuff he’ll be working on, but we’re pretty dedicated to diving in and seeing how deep we can go with this next year.”

Crosses (†††) Release Cover Of George Michael’s “One More Try”

Crosses (†††), the band featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), have released a cover of George Michael’s “One More Try.” You can check that out below:

Moreno told NME the following:

“Doing these covers is what helped us to get the project up and running again. Our Cause & Effect cover was the first thing we did back and it inspired us to keep going. This year, we chose to cover George Michael’s ‘One More Try’ because we always talked about it.”

“One day, in my inbox, I got a demo of the music from Shaun. In my head, I was like, ‘I’m never going to be able to sing this because it’s George Michael and hard to do well’. I wanted to do it for real and it didn’t sound too bad. I’m pretty proud of it. It’s weird when you’re singing someone else’s song. I don’t know if I’d go for a vocal that high on my own as it’s right at the top of my comfort zone.”

Lopez added:

“It’s not what people are going to expect us to put out, and I like that. Maybe next year we’ll do a metal tune.”

Crosses (†††) Are Working On “Some Heavier Stuff”

Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), have confirmed that they are working on more new music. Notably, Moreno says some of the material is “heavier.”

Lopez told Revolver the following:

“There’s stuff that’s been done since before even the two songs that came out earlier this year, but we’re just really thinking about how to release them. These six songs [‘PERMANENT.RADIANT‘] really represent what we’re doing right now, and I think the newest EP, we thought about those six songs and how we really like the way they flow together. And maybe one or two of those might’ve been done and ready to go in February of this year. But we’re not like, ‘Oh, we finished a song — we have to get it out right now because it’s done.’ It’s not how we roll.”

Moreno went on to say that the band have a lot of material:

“I’d say well beyond [an album’s worth]. I think some of the stuff’s at different stages but I think that’s our plan. To get something full-lengthed that would fill the spectrum and have each song kind of complement the other, and kind of put together an LP.”

Lopez continued:

“I think there might be five songs that are done and there might be five songs that are seeds. Like, this could really be a song, it might be a nice foundation of a track and a vocal melody but not really lyrics there. And there might be another five where the track is there and the vocal melody is there and some of the lyrics are there but it’s not quite wrapped up yet. But I think that’s a good description of what’s going on.”

Moreno also added the following about the direction of the new music:

“I’d say all over the board. There’s not one sense of direction for the whole LP. But I think there’s some heavier stuff. One of the songs we recorded last week is, for Crosses, certainly one of the heaviest things we’ve done. Although I hate saying that because people’s definition of heavy can be… whatever.”

Lopez clarified:

“I think “heavy” is a good word for that sound, but I think what’s crazy is … it’s probably the heaviest tune we’ve done but there’s actually no guitars in it. So it’s kind of a weird thing. I agree with what Chino said, it’s kind of going further in every direction. Not just heavy, not just pop.”

Crosses (†††) Premiere “Holier” Music Video

Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), have premiered a new video for their new song “Holier.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Permanent.Radiant,” which was officially released today (December 9).

Chino Moreno Explains Chuck Doom’s Departure From Crosses (†††): “Making Music Together Became Like Pulling Teeth”

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, Crosses (†††) opened up about Chuck Doom’s departure from the band. According to Chino Moreno, “making music together became like pulling teeth.”

Shaun Lopez said the following:

“To be honest, and without being dramatic or bad mouthing people, as it went on, me and Chuck just… He was going this way, I was going that way, and Chino was caught in the middle. I think Chuck wanted to do his solo thing and involve Chino, which kind of meant he wanted to do Crosses without me.

Which is just fucking comedy. If I’m gonna get on my Liam Gallagher vibe for a minute (laughs) it’s like, ‘Come on, bro, are you kidding me?’ Anytime I would get together with Chuck to make some new tunes, something had seriously changed in the vibe.

A close friend of mine was even like, ‘Why aren’t you doing Crosses? I just figured you and Chino were beefing?’ I’m like, ‘No, dude.’ It was a bummer because the whole reason this stopped for that many years is because of one person and that one person isn’t in Crosses now.”

Moreno added:

“It was a really tough thing. It wasn’t a decision we made, like, ‘We want to do this without Chuck.’ He just really wasn’t present, he had other projects he was taking more interest in. There were two options: either we don’t do it at all, or we try it with just us two. We chose the latter. Mine and Chuck’s friendship has suffered because of that, sadly, because I love that dude.

I appreciate him as a musician, and as a friend. Hopefully, we work that out at some point. Shaun and his relationship had been fractured for quite some time before all this. My job wasn’t just to be creative anymore. For lack of a better word, I was ‘refereeing’ the writing project.

That wasn’t fun at all. I could have fun making music with Chuck, I could have fun making music with Shaun, but making music together became like pulling teeth. That’s not the reason we started doing this. That’s probably as deep as I’ll go into that. It’s pretty self-explanatory.”

Crosses (†††) Premiere “Sensation” Music Video

Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), have premiered a new video for their new song “Sensation.” This track is from the band’s new EP “Permanent.Radiant,” which will be released on December 9.

Crosses (†††) To Release New EP “Permanent.Radiant” In December, Premiere “Vivien” Music Video

Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), will be releasing a new EP, titled “Permanent.Radiant,” on December 9. The effort will feature six tracks including: “Sensation,” “Vivien,” “Cadavre Exquis,” “Day One,” “Holier,” and “Procession.” You can find an official video for “Vivien” below:

Crosses (†††) Tease New Song “Vivien”

Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), have shared a teaser for their new song “Vivien.” That track and another new song titled “Day One” will be released on October 28. A limited edition vinyl pressing is also available HERE.

Crosses (†††) Plan To Release Two More New Songs This Month

During an interview with NME, Crosses (†††), the project featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones) and Shaun Lopez (Far), revealed that they are planning to release two more new songs towards the end of April. This news comes after the duo previously confirmed that they will be releasing a series of singles rather than releasing a full album all at once.

Moreno said the following about the upcoming songs:

“They’re different, I will say that. One of the songs specifically is one that Shaun sent me and told me he didn’t think I would like. Sometimes he’ll send me something and I’ll just throw some ideas and vocals on it and have it back to him in like four minutes.

Out of all the Crosses material of the past, one of them is a little more uplifting and less cerebral. It has this vibe that we hadn’t tapped into before, but once we dug into it we made it feel very much like us but just from a different angle. It’s coming out just before the summer, so I’m excited about that.

With each release, the picture of what this record is will come more into focus – for both the listener and ourselves. It’s going to be pretty exciting.”

He also added the following about the band’s decision to release singles over time:

“I think there’s beyond a record in the can. It’s just about us now picking and choosing when and how to release it. The idea now is just to slowly put out ‘singles’ and little batches of songs over a long period of time, and then at some point to accumulate it into a full-length record.”