Deftones Frontman Chino Moreno Offers Updates On New Album And Possible “White Pony” 20th Anniversary Plans

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.”

[via Revolver]

Papa Roach Joined By Deftones, Linkin Park, Korn, Etc. Members During “Infest In Conversation” Livestream

Yesterday (April 25), Papa Roach celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Infest” with a special “Infest In Conversation” livestream event. The discussion found the band joined by original drummer Dave Buckner and a number of special guests including: Deftones’ Chino Moreno, Linkin Park’s Dave “Phoenix” Farrell, Korn’s Brian “Head” Welch, Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates, and Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler. If you missed it, you can watch the full conversation below:

Chino Moreno (Deftones) To Host Twitch Livestream Tomorrow

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.

Chino Moreno Says Deftones Recorded “An Album’s Worth Of Music” This Past Summer

During a recent interview with NBC 7 San Diego, Chino Moreno offered an update on the new Deftones record. According to him, the band recorded “an album’s worth of music” this past summer and they have started “working on the lyrics and the melodies and the singing parts.”

Moreno said the following:

“We’ve been working on our record for about a year now. We’re not doing that thing where we go in and lock ourselves in a room until it’s done; we are kind of enjoying our time making it. It’s been a cool process, we get together, we work for a couple weeks, whether that’s just making noise and coming up with ideas and then everybody just goes home and comes back to work on ’em a little bit more. So, we’ve been doing that for a little over a year or so.

This summer, we actually went into the studio and recorded an album’s worth of music. So, the music was pretty much done and the last few months have sort of just been working on the lyrics and the melodies and the singing parts. So that’s pretty much where we’re at right now.”

He later added:

“It’ll definitely be out next year. I’m hoping that it’ll be earlier on in the year, but I feel like once I give a definitive answer or speculate exactly when, I feel like we’ll be held to it [laughs] so I kind of want to continue on.

Of course, it’ll be out next year, hopefully earlier than later. Our biggest thing is making sure that it’s good. We’ll be performing it, once it’s out, for the next two or three years, so we want to be sure it’s the best it can be and want to make everyone happy — including ourselves.”

He also had the following to say about the creative process:

“A lot of times when we’re making the songs themselves, I’ll have a rough jumble of words or melodies or whatever, but kind of the way we’ve always been is the music has always been the inspiration for the words.

For me, I’m not a person who keeps a diary or a journal or a book of poetry or things to draw from, I’m just inspired by the sounds that are coming out and sort of just react to those sounds. It’s kind of a mood board in a way. You start piecing it together and that’s just usually the way I’ve always worked. I like to collaborate and be inspired by the people around me, the people I’m making music with.

It is a little bit more time-consuming because we’ve made the one part of the record and now it’s like starting all over again and making the vocal part of it. It’s almost like starting from scratch again and making a whole other record.”

Death Valley High Premiere New Video For Their Cover Of Christian Death‘s “Cavity – First Communion” Feat. Chino Moreno (Deftones)

Death Valley High have premiered a new video for their cover of Christian Death‘s “Cavity – First Communion.” This track features Chino Moreno (Deftones, etc.) and it will appear on the band’s new EP “Duel,“ which is set to be released on August 23.

Reyka Osburn commented:

“We were on tour with Crosses on the East Coast and were all backstage hanging out. Chino had some music playing in the background for post-show vibes, and when this Christian Death song came on, I burst over to their room. We all fawned over our love for this particular record, ‘Only Theatre Of Pain‘. By the end of ‘Cavity – First Communion,’ he says, ‘We gotta play this song before the end of the tour!’ ‘DONE,’ I firmly agree and added, ‘We should RECORD it!’ He looked at me with eyes ablaze and exclaimed, ‘We can do ANYTHING!”

Fast forward, the tour ends, and we never get a chance to play it! But I had already taken the collaboration to heart. DVH started discussing an all cover mixtape of sorts, one where we would collaborate with friends on each song. After prepping a rough draft, I sent it over to Chino‘s approving: ‘I’m IN.’ After some time went by, we realized our remake was just a little too faithful to the original, so we started asking, ‘What’s actually new here to offer?’

If we had done it live, we probably would’ve done just that: a faithful tribute to a classic. But since we were committing to a studio recording, we all knew we had to circle back and rekindle it. After all, this was some sacred ground we were treading! We can now comfortably say that we’ve done our honest best — contributing to the original, not just done a cover for the sake of doing one.”

[via Revolver]

Chino Moreno (Deftones), Spirit In The Room, Etc. To Guest On New Death Valley High EP

Death Valley High will be releasing a new EP titled “Duel” on August 23. The first half of the effort features cover songs that find the band “dueling” with other artists such as Chino Moreno (Deftones), Spirit In The Room, etc. The second half features various remixes. A teaser for the EP can be found below:

Death Valley High commented:

“‘DUEL‘ is our equivalent to the modern age mixtape; it severs the rules of a conventional release. The special part is, that for every song in this compilation, we assigned a specific ‘adversary.’ The whole idea was to go up against our collaborators’ and our own comfort zones. We wanted to prove that doubling down on the friction would spark fires.”

“Duel” Track Listing:

01. “Here Comes The Rain” (Death Valley High Vs. Chris Connelly)
02. “Cavity – First Communion” (Death Valley High Vs. Chino Moreno)
03. “Cruel Summer” (Death Valley High Vs. Hanin Elias)
04. “The Crab Song” (Death Valley High Vs. Rykarda Parasol)
05. “Jump In The Fire” (Death Valley High Vs. Spirit In The Room)
06. “SUNSHINE CLEANERS” (Death Valley High Vs. Paul Wiley remix)
07. “MERCI” (Death Valley High Vs. sondottir remix)
08. “The Present” (Death Valley High Vs. Hounds remix)
09. “CK SWITCH” (Death Valley High Vs. Carlton Bost remix)

Tour Dates:

08/15 Sacramento, CA – Press Club (feat. Bitter Lake)
08/17 Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge (feat. Them Guns)
08/18 Tempe, AZ – Yucca Taproom (feat. Them Guns)
08/20 Las Vegas, NV – The Boxx Eastside (feat. Them Guns)
08/21 Pomona, CA – Characters (feat. Them Guns)
08/22 San Jose, CA – Back Bar (feat. Rare Americans)
08/23 Santa Cruz, CA – Poet & Patriot (feat. Bitter Lake)
08/24 South Lake Tahoe, CA – Whiskey Dicks (feat. Bitter Lake

Listen To Chino Moreno (Deftones) & Chelsea Wolfe Team Up On New Saudade Track “Shadows & Light”

Saudade, the musical collective featuring Chino Moreno (Deftones, etc.), Chuck Doom (Crosses, Team Sleep), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood), Dr. Know (Bad Brains), etc., have premiered a new song titled “Shadows & Light.“ This track features Chelsea Wolfe and it can be heard below:

Chino Moreno On New Deftones Material: “We’re Definitely Getting Into Experimental Sort Of Modes”

Chino Moreno recently talked a bit about Deftones’ new material as part of an interview in the latest issue of Kerrang!. According to him, the band are currently “getting into experimental sort of modes.”

Moreno said the following when asked which song or mood from the band’s past best represents the new music they are working on:

“That’s a good question, I don’t know, and it’s hard to say. Where we are with our writing process right now, it’s really difficult for me to put a single look on what we’re doing. It’s morphing every day that we get together and write.

We’re definitely getting into experimental sort of modes, which is the funnest phase that we get into. One of the biggest records in our career is obviously ‘White Pony‘, and it’s our most commercially successful record as well, but that was also one of our most experimental records, especially for the time when it came out. That record, making it was… what’s a good word to describe it? We felt really free.

We basically made whatever we liked, whatever was happening at that moment. It didn’t really go along with what was going on around us, as far as our contemporaries and where other music was.”

He then added the following when asked if that was a reaction against nü-metal:

“Well, at the time, honestly, with bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach and what was to be coined nü-metal or whatever, that was at its height. And we probably made our most un-nü-metal record. I don’t know why we did it. Like I said, we were into experimenting more than we were trying to do something that we felt we already did.

That’s why it’s hard to answer the question about the future and what comes next. But if anything I would say that [I’m reminded of] ‘White Pony‘, that record in general, because it was probably us at our most experimental.”

He also said the following when asked if the current sessions are similar to that time period:

“We’re a little bit in that mode where we’re just trying completely different ways of doing things. And that’s what keeps it fun for us for the most; not really knowing what’s going to became of this, or what type of record we’re making—just letting it kind of happen. It’s been good on that level. That’s the best way I can describe where we’re at, and where we’re going.”

[via The PRP]

Watch New Video For Vowws’ “Structure Of Love II” Feat. Chino Moreno (Deftones)

Vowws have shared an official video for “Structure Of Love II.“ This is a Renhölder (ex-Nine Inch Nails, etc.) remix of their track “Structure Of Love” and it features guest vocals from Chino Moreno (Deftones).

[via Revolver]

Deftones’ Chino Moreno Scores New Episode Of Hulu’s “Into The Dark”

According to Deadline, Chino Moreno (Deftones, etc.) composed the score for a new episode of Hulu‘s anthology series “Into The Dark.” The episode Moreno scored is called “I’m Just Fucking With You” and it “tells the story of a man and his sister on the way to a family wedding, who endure a night of increasingly frightening practical jokes during a one-night stay at a secluded motel.” The episode will premiere during the “SXSW Film Festival” in Austin, TX next month and it will hit Hulu on April 5.

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