Deftones are celebrating the 20th anniversary of “White Pony” with a new merch capsule. You can see what the band have to offer HERE. This news comes after the group announced that they will be hosting a “White Pony” global listening party. You can check that out on June 22. You can also find the oral history of the album on theringer.com and an article in which musicians, actors, etc. pay tribute to it over at spin.com.
Deftones will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of “White Pony” with a global listening party. The event will take place on June 22 at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT via YouTube.
Deftones have confirmed that they are working on a “White Pony” remix album titled “Black Stallion.” The release will be available as part of an upcoming reissue.
Chino Moreno said the following during a global Zoom press conference [via Loudwire]:
“We’re gonna be releasing later in the year a reissue of the record and we’re going to do sort of a split side of the record, a remixed version of it titled ‘Black Stallion‘. So we have a bunch of different people on it, some that actually inspired some of the writing of the record itself, the original album. So it’s kind of come full circle.”
Frank Delgado went on to reveal that the “Black Stallion” idea actually came about before the release of “White Pony”:
“We would talk about our new record, how good it was going to be and we’d immediately jump to, ‘It’s going to be so good, we’re going to have [DJ] Shadow remix it and we’ll call it Black Stallion.’ I think one time we actually hit him up. He was playing here in town and I was opening DJing and me and Chino [Moreno] kind of cornered him.
We were like, ‘Hey man, we’re the Deftones,’ and he looked at us like we were fucking crazy. We were like, ‘We want you remix our record,’ and he was like, ‘Deftones? Are you guys ska?’ But he was like, ‘Well, send it to me,’ kind of like trying to get rid of us and we were like, ‘Well, we haven’t actually recorded it yet.’ It was kind of batshit crazy of us.”
“It’s funny because now he’s involved in that and I think that’s kind of special. This record was just embedded in our brains before we put it down on tape. It’s crazy. I think it has a lot to do with the hangs we were doing. We were just friends hanging out and making shit happen.”
“White Pony” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on June 20 and you can read an oral history of the album at theringer.com.
During a recent interview with Download presenter Kylie Olsson, Abe Cunningham talked a bit about the new Deftones album. According to him, the effort may be released this fall.
Cunningham said the following:
“We actually tracked everything over the summer, last summer—June and July—we were in the studio tracking. And we’re just taking our time. But we actually just completed everything. Were mixing…. We were down in L.A. recording, but we mixed up in Seattle.
We’re working with our old pal Terry Date, who did a bunch of our earlier records and stuff too. He’s up there with this while distancing thing, it was a bit rough, but we figured out a way to kind of do the mixes without being there.
It’s a lot better when we’re all in the room; we can knock it out quick and argue and do our things. But, yeah, we just completed that. It’s getting mastered right now, and that’s been the main thing. So it’s been something to do in this strange off time.”
He continued when asked about the record’s sound and whether or not it’s “heavier” than the band’s more recent releases:
“It’s all that. It’s always hard to describe it. I’ll say this… We can’t help but sound like ourselves, but just being back with Terry, there’s certain sounds that we developed with Terry that kind of became sort of our core sounds, and those are back again.”
He also added the following about release plans:
“It should be coming along, hopefully, maybe September. I heard something. I can’t remember…”
On another note, Cunningham also commented on the band’s shelved “Eros” album:
“…It was never completed, and that’s what people don’t get like ‘what, you’re just sitting on it?’ and I mean no, we’re not just sitting on it, we never finished it. And then he [Chi Cheng] got in his accident and that’s kinda where it just stopped. And quite frankly it’s not that good. There’s some songs that are really good. But I gotta be honest, it was like you know, we were just trying to get back to it and see what we can come up with then… and it’s not that it’s not good, it’s just… there’s a lot attached to it as well, you know? And I understand that people are passionate about that and they want to hear Chi‘s last musical contribution.”
He also added the following when asked about the possibility of finishing the record:
“We’ve talked about putting out maybe a condensed version or an EP of four or five songs, something like that, and that kind of makes sense. But we have to get into all the legalities of it and all that stuff and also we have to finish it. But yeah, it would be nice for that to see the light of day, definitely.”
[via The PRP]
Deftones have officially postponed their European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:
“Our upcoming European tour dates are actively being rescheduled for 2021. Our current priority is to maintain the safety of our fans, crew, and venue staff. All existing tickets will be honored or refunded upon our next announcement regarding these shows. You may also contact your point of purchase with refund inquiries. Please know we are working to get you information as quickly as possible, and as always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.”
Deftones have postponed their North American tour with Gojira and Poppy due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band commented:
“Due to the current regulations, and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we must reschedule our North American summer tour dates with special guests, Gojira and Poppy. We’re currently rescheduling the dates for 2021, and you’ll be the first to know once they are confirmed. All tickets will be honored or refunded upon our next announcement regarding the tour. Regarding our European dates, an update will be coming very soon as well. Thank you for your understanding, and patience. Please stay safe.”
During a recent interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music‘s Beats 1 Radio, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno offered updates on the band’s new album and their possible “White Pony” 20th anniversary plans. You can read some excerpts from the chat below.
Moreno said the following about the group’s new album progress:
“We just started the mixing process a couple of months back. It worked out as far as doing it remote. Our producer, Terry Date who’s doing the record—he’s in Seattle. As a band, we’re all spread out, any ways. He’s just been working on it and then sending us stuff and we’ll send it back with notes and this and that, whatever.
Usually it would be a little more expedited had we all been able to be in the same room at the same time, but it’s working out and he just finished his first full round of mixing the whole record and now it’s going back to little things and particular things on each song. So we’re using the time, trying to at least, by still working on the record and there’s no rush obviously for us to get out and do anything. So we’re just kinda taking our time with it.”
He also added the following about working with Date again:
“Since trying all these different things we’ve always wanted to go back and make records with him again. We actually started doing a record with him which was titled to be the ‘Eros‘ record, that we started, we got like maybe two thirds of the way through and that’s when Chi had his accident. And then everything just sort of shutdown in our world. And when we reconvened we started on “Diamond Eyes” and at that point we worked with Nick Raskulinecz and sort of went on a journey in that direction.
I think we felt… we love Terry. He’s pretty much been there since the beginning of us making records. We just vibe with him really good, he’s super easygoing. He’s not a producer that’s in there trying to push his ideas into what we’re doing, other than to just capture what it is that happens when we get together, as well as speaking up when stuff isn’t where it should be or whatever. He’s just a great dude.”
He went on to discuss release plans and the uncertainty of the band’s summer tour with Gojira and Poppy:
“We haven’t really discussed it too deeply other than we plan on it coming out this summer. It’s not looking like we’re going to be able to get out there this summer to support it. So does it make sense to put it out when you can’t support it? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. I think that’s something that we’re going to have to figure out sooner than later. But I think our mindset right now is just finishing it completely and making sure that it’s great. And then taking it from there.”
On another note, Moreno also talked about the possibility of releasing a remixed 20th anniversary edition of “White Pony“:
“There’s a little talk of it. Well, actually it’s funny because we talked about this when the record came out that we wanted to remix the ‘White Pony‘ record. Our initial idea was we’re going to get the masters of the ‘White Pony‘ record. And we’re going to put some money in a briefcase and the masters in a briefcase. And we’re going to go to DJ Shadow‘s house and we’re just going to hand it off to him and say like, ‘Here man, remix this record.’ And we wanted to call it the ‘Black Stallion’.
But yeah, I mean we still may try to do something similar to that. I mean, who will be involved? I’m not quite sure yet. Because re-releasing a record and having it would be great, but obviously it’s like what are we going to do? Change the album cover, different sleeve or whatever? It’s like it’d be cool to actually…”
“That’s the thing that every song that we made is on that record. So yeah. So we don’t have anything leftover really. I mean we did have a couple B-sides, but those were released already too. So I think it would be to try to maybe add a little something to it, whatever. Or do it in a neat way and not just do a remix just for doing a remix, obviously that’d be good.
That’s kind of the only thing we’re thinking about really doing that. And I mean, maybe playing some shows would be great to see where that goes as far as maybe doing the record in its entirety or something like that at some point.”
Chino Moreno (Deftones, etc.) will be taking part in a livestream DJ set on Twitch tomorrow (April 24). The event will start at 7pm PDT / 10pm EDT.