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Chino Moreno: “Deftones’ Earliest Music Probably Wasn’t Some Of Our Most Shining Moments”


Having been an active band since 1988, multi-platinum alternative metal icons Deftones have amassed not only a diehard following for themselves, but also a sizable discography. However, with 9 albums to their credit, there has been little love and attention paid by the band to their output prior to the release of their 1995 platinum-certified debut album “Adrenaline“.

While there’s no shortage of their early demo material lurking across the internet, little effort has been made by the band to officially acknowledge it. Even their 2005 “B-Sides & Rarities” compilation largely overlooked that era, which produced songs like “Some People“, “Hump“, “(Like) Linus” and more—all of which have been widely bootlegged as the band’s profile grew.

A recent joint interview between Deftones vocalist/guitarist Chino Moreno and his Crosses (†††) bandmate Shaun Lopez, and hyperpop duo 100 gecs, found Moreno indirectly commenting on why those earliest days of Deftones have largely been buried by the band.

Speaking with Revolver, Moreno was asked about making music before the internet rose to prominence and if he thinks that benefitted him. He commented:

“It’s hard to say. I mean, maybe, because I’m all self-taught and I didn’t really know what I was doing. I just wanted to play music so bad, but everyone else was better than I was at drums and guitar — so I needed to find my own way to be in a group.

So [Deftones‘] earliest music probably wasn’t some of our most shining moments and for that reason it’s not out there. A lot of it was just backyard parties and stuff like that. So, to me, it helped us in that way. We were able to have some sort of artist development before being shoved in front of people.

The internet is one of those things that I have a love-hate relationship with. I feel bad for people that just want to try something — and fail at it — and then people jump on it and break their confidence before they even get a chance to try something that might be different. I think the best music is, you know, out-there, natural, not typical.”

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