Deftones’ Chino Moreno & Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Discuss Not Fitting In


Deftones vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno and Chvrches frontwoman Lauren Mayberry grace the cover of this week’s coming issue of Kerrang!. The issue’s cover story finds the two musicians engaging in a conversation together–one that touches upon their feelings of never quite fitting in. Mayberry said of that to Moreno:

“That was what excited me when I found your music. It had these two strains in it. It could appeal to people in that vein, but also to people outside of it, with different sensibilities. I learned to care about genre when I was a teenager. People would say, ‘You can’t listen to that.’ And you’d think, ‘I didn’t know! No-one told me!’ I’m glad I found my way out of that, because I feel a sense of identity and community is important at that age, but it’s a sad way to live.”

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Moreno responded:

“Yeah, you box yourself in. You shouldn’t have to commit, especially at that age when there’s so much stuff to explore. If you just follow one thing for too long you’re not letting yourself experience it. In every genre there’s good and bad. In any genre these days I could find something interesting – even in country music.”

The conversation also shifted to where Chvrches fit on festival bills and such, with Mayberry expressing that it has been a source of confusion in the past. Earlier this summer Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta publicly took issue with Chvrches getting billed over Gojira on the Deftones‘ own second annual ‘Dia de los Deftones‘ festival.

The Deftones themselves are said to have curated the lineup for that event and once again used it to showcase their diverse tastes, including Chvrches, Megan Thee Stallion and JPEGMAFIA alongside more traditional picks in Gojira, Hum, Youth Code and Brutus.

In the past Moreno has admitted to the Deftones actively trying not to be easily categorized and spoke of that in response to Mayberry‘s uncertainty about where her band fits in:

“We dealt with the same thing, especially when we were coming up. We never fit into the metal world. We could play shows with them, but we were never… whatever. I always thought it was kinda cool that we could dip and go into anything and make it work. That’s added to our longevity as a band too, because we were never so one thing.”

The new issue featuring the full conversation from the pair will be out tomorrow, November 27th. A new album from the Deftones is tentatively expected out in 2020 and the band have already begun lining up touring plans. Their currently announced dates include:

03/20 Melbourne, AUS – Download Festival (Tickets)
03/21 Sydney, AUS – Download Festival (Tickets)
05/03 Concord, NC – Epicenter Festival (Tickets)
06/03 Budapest, HUN – Parkbudapest
06/04 Katowice, POL – Metal Hammer Festival
06/05-07 Nurburg, GER – Rock am Ring (Tickets)
06/05-07 Nuremberg, GER – Rock im Park (Tickets)
06/10 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
06/12-14 Castle Donington, UK – Download Festival (Tickets)
06/20 Landgraaf, NET – Pinkpop (Tickets)
06/21 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting (Tickets)
06/23 Grugliasco, ITA – GruVillage Festival
06/25-27 Seinajoki, FIN – Provinssi Festival (Tickets)
06/26-28 Suvilahtihelsinki, FIN – Tuska Open Air
07/08-11 Madrid, SPA – Mad Cool Festival may receive a commission from tickets purchased through the links in the above post.