Deftones' Chino Moreno

Chino Moreno Reflects On His Favorite Deftones Album


A newly shared piece over at Revolver finds Deftones members Chino Moreno and Stephen Carpenter reflecting on the creation of their 1997 sophomore album, “Around The Fur“, which will officially turn 20 on October 28th. Moreno himself describes the album as his personal favorite of the band’s catalog, having stated: “That’s my favorite record. We were very confident—knowing that what each one of us had to offer, individually and collectively, as a band couldn’t be fucked with.”

He further spoke of his mindset during the sessions for it:

“I was probably angrier than I’ve ever been in my life, but I was probably happier than I ever was in my life. Every emotion was like the pinnacle of all those emotions. Some of the saddest parts of that record are really sad. Some of the angry parts of that record—I don’t know if I can ever be that angry again .. There’s good in that. I’m kind of happy because I don’t want to be that person anymore. It’s a time capsule. Fuck, I was mad! And scathing, in some of the things I was saying, but I meant it.”

He also discussed the label pressures to adhere more to the style of the then exploding nü metal movement, offering:

Papa Roach and Limp Bizkit and stuff like that were becoming really big bands, and bigger than us,/ The label would sort of hint, ‘Well, this music right now is selling really big so you guys should capitalize on this,’ and we were totally anti that. Not that we thought we were better than all these bands. It wasn’t like that. We just wanted to do something a little more left of center.”

You can find the whole piece over at Revolver.