Deftones Drop Mike Shinoda’s Remix of ‘Passenger’

Deftones released “Passenger,” remixed by Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, today (Nov. 13). The new track is off their upcoming remix album, Black Stallion, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of White Pony.

It’s due out on Dec. 11.

“The record’s just been mastered, and it’s fucking brilliant,” Chino Moreno told SPIN. “It could have been a little self-indulgent — it’s a record based off another record that people already like, so it would easy to fuck up. Our initial idea was to have DJ Shadow remix the whole record. He said he would love to do a song, so he did a remix of ‘Digital Bath.’ The majority of the people we reached out to came back with excitement: ‘Oh, I love this song. Can I do this song?’ The record is sequenced exactly like White Pony, so it kind of takes you on a journey in the same way but completely flipped upside-down.”

In September, the Deftones released Ohms, their first album in four years, as well as the single, “Genesis.”

They previously released Purity Ring’s remix of “Knife Prty.”

You can catch the video for the Deftones’ “Passenger” (Mike Shinoda Remix) tonight at 9PM PST/12:12AM EST. See the clip below.

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Deftones Guitarist Stephen Carpenter Favors Conspiracy Theories Over Science

You know that old saying about how it’s better to keep your mouth shut and let people think you’re stupid rather than opening it and proving them right? Well, perhaps Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter had never heard it before.

In an episode of the podcast Tin Foil Hat With Sam Tripoli (which features the comedian chatting with various high-profile conspiracy theorists), Carpenter seems to have pretty much confirmed his belief in every common debunked conspiracy theory across the internet, as well as a few lesser-known ones.

Without going too in-depth about his level of disdain for science and common sense (which transcribed for those looking to read several hundred words of this lunacy), the rocker managed to cover Flat Earth Theory, his anti-vax beliefs, why the current COVID pandemic isn’t actually serious, the fact that we’re all living in some version of The Matrix, why he doesn’t believe in dinosaurs or nuclear weapons (not like he doesn’t believe in using them, but he doesn’t think they exist), and a whole lot more.

We’d pick a favorite quote or excerpt or something to share, but it feels a bit like drinking out of a YouTube-based firehose at this point, so just watch the video for yourself below if you want to hear more.

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“Ohms” explained by Chino (demo recordings included)

A super-interesting podcast has just been posted by Song Exploder. A huge breakdown of “Ohms”, new albums’ track nr. 10 by Chino himself. Deftones’ frontman explains how everything was done to get the track as it is; guitars, drums, vocals and isolated audio recordings, including some guitar demos. According to Chino this song was like a closing statement with an optimistic feeling that’s why it was chose to be the closing track of “Ohms” album.

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Deftones Announce White Pony Remix Album, Share Purity Ring Remix of ‘Knife Party’

Deftones said they’d be releasing a remix album of White Pony earlier this year as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration of that album. Now, the remix collection, titled Black Stallion, is officially on its way.

The remix collection features an all-star cast, including DJ Shadow, the Cure’s Robert Smith, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Clams Casino, Phantogram, Tourist and Purity Ring. The latter’s remix of “Knife Party” can be heard below.

In September, Deftones released Ohms, their first album since 2016 and we spoke with Chino Moreno about that and a whole lot more. When White Pony turned 20 in June, we caught up with a bunch of the band’s friends, admirers and colleagues to discuss why that album so was essential.

Black Stallion is out on Dec. 11 on Warner Records. Check out the tracklisting below.

Feiticeira (Clams Casino remix)
Digital Bath (DJ Shadow remix)
Elite (Blanck Mass remix)
Rx Queen (Salva remix)
Street Carp (Phantogram remix)
Teenager (Robert Smith remix)
Knife Party (Purity Ring remix)
Korea (Trevor Jackson remix)
Passenger (Mike Shinoda remix)
Change (In the House of Flies) (Tourist remix)
Pink Maggit (Squarepusher remix)

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Chino Moreno reveals which Deftones album will “always” be his favourite


Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has revealed which of the band’s albums will “always” be his favourite.

The band released ninth album ‘Ohms’ last month, their first since 2016’s ‘Gore’.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music about the new album and more, Moreno spoke of the band’s history, revealing that he believes his favourite Deftones album will always be their second LP, 1997’s ‘Around The Fur’.

“Honestly, I still think that record will always be my favourite record,” Moreno said. “One of the main reasons why… For one, we were pretty young. We were probably late, maybe mid-20s then, something like that. But we were on fire.”

Deftones return with ‘Ohms’. Credit: Tamar Levine

“There’s something about it that’s really, really special,” the frontman said of the album. “And then we had a lot of attention obviously, but I don’t think it affected like as far as in a negative way at least of like, ‘Oh, we need to do,’ like all of that stress of, ‘Oh, we need to make something that’s going to be up to par.’

“It was like I was looking at the record before it going, ‘Oh, we’re about to crush that. I don’t even care about that.’ I was just so excited to show people what was to come, you know? And I think we all were. It just one of those things where we definitely captured lightning in a bottle, like straight-up.”

Reviewing Deftones’ new album ‘Ohms’, NME wrote: “‘Ohms’ is a very 2020 sort of album. This isn’t a year in which beauty makes all that much sense. These songs are as ugly as the news. As disfigured as the environment. As barren as the hope felt by the majority of the world’s inhabitants.”

Speaking to NME about the new album, Moreno spoke about the band’s history and their nine records to date. “I think that every record has a special place in our past, and hopefully our future,” he said. “Even in our worst moments, we persevere in making music together as the same people we were growing up as kids. We’re just lucky that we still want to and we still can.”

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How Terry Date Captured The Magic Of Deftones On Ohms

Chino Moreno and Kermit the Frog. It’s quite the visual. But one that instantly leaps to mind when Deftones producer Terry Date reveals he took the band to LA’s Jim Henson Studios to begin work on their awesome ninth album Ohms.

Yeah,” he says with a smile. “It’s the Muppet people. The old A&M Records studio, and before that, it was Charlie Chaplin’s film studio. I’ve done a lot of records in there. Slayer’s last record I did in there.”

After around a month of drums, bass and guitars, Terry took Deftones to his own Seattle studio to finish work without the restrictions of a rented room. While Ohms is Terry’s first Deftones album since 2003’s self-titled LP, it’s his fifth with the band overall, recording their debut Adrenaline (1995), beloved breakthrough Around The Fur (1997) and critical smash White Pony (2000). He says that it’s been healthy for Deftones to work with others, and they’ve been in touch as friends continually for 25 years.

They first met when Terry was invited by Warner Bros records, who signed Deftones to their Madonna-owned Maverick imprint in 1994, to see them rehearse in Sacramento. “That would have been about six months before the first record,” he says. “They rode to rehearsal on their bicycles. They still do, actually. But when we went into the space, which was probably a 20-by-20-foot square room with basically everyone on top of each other, I was amazed at the energy. I’m surprised they didn’t kill each other in there, jumping around so much. The passion is what really sold me, right off the bat.”

The passion has remained undimmed, though Terry distinguishes passion from mere energy. “As you get older, the energy changes into more extreme passion,” he says. And with Deftones, that passion has never changed. “[It] goes from the beginnings of the writing all the way through to the recording. And sometimes the passion boils over – which is healthy.”

Since Adrenaline, Terry has been a partner on Steph Carpenter’s journey as a guitarist, beginning with the standard tuning and six strings of the debut, to drop-D tunings with Around The Fur, and now eight and ludicrous nine-string guitars on Ohms. “I saw a little meme the other day saying that on the next record Steph’s going to be playing a harp!” laughs Terry.

Deftones lore states that creative tension – particularly between Steph and vocalist Chino Moreno – is what allows an album like Ohms to balance abrasion with intimacy, oceanic swells with astral ambitions. Despite the impression of competition and dispute however, Deftones are both crucially committed and ultimately democratic in recording.

There’s not a lot of personal possession to each person’s part,” says Terry. “Obviously if they have an opinion they’re going to voice it, but they understand that each person’s part is a little piece of the puzzle. And that includes me – we all try to work together for what we think is going to be the best thing.”

As a producer, and particularly with Deftones, Terry doesn’t want his personality to appear on his records. “I want to make sure that their creativity is on display,’ he says. “My stamp is the fact that hopefully I’m not seen, or that the band is seen more purely than with somebody who’s more heavy-handed.”

On each album, however, Deftones have pursued something new. The Spell Of Mathematics, Ohms’ centrepiece, was recorded using a completely different drum kit to the rest, continuing a habit which began with Around The Fur, and RX Queen on White Pony. “They’re always asking me for something I haven’t done before,” says Terry. “They’re always trying to get me to get a sound in their head. We always seem to set up a whole different drum set for Abe [Cunningham, drums] for one song, and mic it with very few microphones. We’d go ‘anti-traditional’ studio recording with it.”

Abe would take shooting-range earphones, hollow them out, and insert only the headphone elements that deliver the studio output as he played. This helped with White Pony and in particular Digital Bath, a song with a beat so resonant that it remains one of Terry’s references today. “That song and that beat reacted to the room mics perfectly,” he says. “Abe’s beats are always so unique. Sometimes the beat, the room and the ambiance line up really nicely. I was happy with it.”

With vocals, Terry is grateful to have worked with Chino as much as he has, and considers him a world-class lyricist.

It’s the depth of his thought,” he says. “And he struggles with it. It’s hard work for Chino to write these lyrics, and he works really, really hard at it. A lot of the time he writes after the music is done. We’re sitting in the studio, I see him on the couch just listening, working on the perfect words to fit these songs. Quite often we’ll do the lyrics early but save a lot of time for him to revise stuff, or fix a line here or there that doesn’t precisely put across what he wants.”

Chino is particularly sensitive to nuance, emphasis and the sound of recorded voices, working with Terry to find the right weight for the vocals. On heavier songs like White Pony’s GRAMMY-award winning Elite, or Ohms’ This Link Is Dead, they’ll use a little distortion to create lines that travel across the songs like magnesium fire. On more delicate songs like Change (In the House of Flies) or Pompeji, it’s a case of exploring spatial effects. “If we want to have a special spot in a song or a unique section, then maybe he’d sing through a telephone mic of some kind, or some weird thing that we found in a flea market someplace.”

The glue, as Terry puts it, is the unsung combination of Frank Delgado’s synths and Sergio Vega’s bass. Frank will complement the drift of the largest cymbals, or introduce songs or link them, with added ambiance and flourishes throughout.

When we first started, Frank would use turntables, but instead of scratching with them or doing some loop or sample, he would create these these really beautiful atmospheric sounds. It then shifted to CD-turntable things, and then eventually became keyboards. His contribution is very different from a DJ Lethal. It’s the glue that brings a lot of the rough edges together. Stephen has the aggressive guitar part of the band. Chino has the beautiful melodic part. And Frank ties the two together really well.”

Ohms is the first Deftones album to see Terry working directly with Sergio, following the death of founding bassist Chi Cheng in 2013. After completing Ohms, the producer has untold respect for the former Quicksand man’s ability. “Sergio contributes so much to what Stephen does and what Chino does,” he says. “Radiant City, that’s a song he starts, shows what he contributes. I miss Chi so much but the way Sergio has come in is a huge part of this band.”

Reflecting on the decades, Terry is awed by Deftones’ breath of musical influence, and the hunger they have to make albums that endure.

When we first started working together, one of the reasons that they wanted to work with me was they were huge fans Sir Mix-a-Lot and a record I did back in the early ’80s. I mean, Mix-a-Lot produces all his own stuff and I was basically an engineer, but Deftones loved that record. They also loved the Soundgarden stuff. They loved the Pantera stuff. And then Chino and others are PJ Harvey fans. Chino loved The Smiths and Sade. The complete opposite of testosterone music. And because of all those influences, that brought a lot of people to the band.

Deftones are like family to me,” he says. “My kids grew up around them, have nicknames for them – I’ve known them most of my adult life and certainly most of their adult life. So Ohms isn’t just a regular record for me. This is a mission.”

Deftones’ new album Ohms is out now and available to buy/stream/download here.

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Chino Moreno On The Deftones Album That Will “Always” Be His Favourite

Now including brilliant new album Ohms, Deftones have built up an incredible nine-album discography – the quality of which is pretty much unmatched in their genre. And while fans of the band have spent endless amounts of time bickering about their best records, for frontman Chino Moreno picking a favourite seemingly comes very easily.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music about Ohms, working with producer Terry Date, career longevity and much more, the subject of Chino’s favourite Deftones record comes up – and his answer is simple: 1997 second LP Around The Fur.

…Honestly, I still think that record will always be my favourite record,” he admits. “One of the main reasons why… For one, we were pretty young. We were probably late, maybe mid-20s then, something like that. But we were on fire.

…The [1995 debut] Adrenaline record… I never really liked that record too much. I still sort of toggle with just like, I appreciate it for what it is, obviously. It’s like we were very naive and sometimes things will shine because it’s like, they don’t know what they’re doing, but sometimes there’s brilliance in that I guess.”

He continues of the band’s growth between Adrenaline and Around The Fur: “I knew that we were capable of so much more. So when we got the opportunity to make a second record, and at the time you always hear about, ‘Oh, sophomore jinx, like these bands, they have success first record and their second record comes out and then whatever.’ My headspace was the complete opposite. I was like, ‘Oh, now we can show people what we can really do.’ And we were so confident… we wrote, recorded it and mixed it and everything within this four-month period – which is really not that long from the time you start writing songs to the time you’re listening to it going, ‘Wow.’ We loved that.”

Discussing his love for Around The Fur today, Chino enthuses: “There’s something about it that’s really, really special. And then we had a lot of attention obviously, but I don’t think it affected like as far as in a negative way at least of like, ‘Oh, we need to do,’ like all of that stress of, ‘Oh, we need to make something that’s going to be up to par.’ It was like I was looking at the record before it going, ‘Oh, we’re about to crush that. I don’t even care about that.’ I was just so excited to show people what was to come, you know? And I think we all were. It just one of those things where we definitely captured lightning in a bottle, like straight-up.”

A very fine choice indeed, sir.

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