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Chino Moreno Speaks On The Deftones’ “Experimental” New Album & “White Pony” Being Their Most “Un-Nü-Metal Record”


Recent months have seen the writing sessions for the Deftones‘s forthcoming new ninth studio album continue to take place with the band regularly meeting up at their Sacramento, CA rehearsal space ‘The Spot’ to hammer out new songs.

Though new material isn’t the sole focus, the group’s frontman/guitarist Chino Moreno recently took part in an interview that can be found in the latest issue of Kerrang!. A reflective conversation, it finds him both looking back at the band’s earliest moments as well as what they have in store for the future.

The outfit are remaining somewhat guarded with any big details just yet (Moreno at one point remarked “I don’t like to talk about what I’m about to do. I’d rather just do it and then have people hear what it is. There’s certain things that make things more interesting if they’re not spoon-fed to you.”) But when asked which song or mood from the group’s past best represents where they are headed, he opened up a bit:

“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.”

When asked if that was a reaction against nü-metal, he replied:

“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.”

After being asked if their current writing sessions seem similar to that period of time, he offered:

“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.”

Other topics covered in the interview include the band’s early demos, their first shows, their decision to cover various songs, meeting their idols and more. Meanwhile, it would appear that the band’s latest writing sessions took place late last month with the band sharing the following photos:


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2.24.19 Sacramento, CA Pic: @frvnkdelgvdo . . . . . #deftones #sergiovega #thespot #sacramento #writing #bassguitar #fenderbass

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