Watch rare footage of Deftones performing on Public-Access TV in 1992

Rare footage of Deftones performing on Public-Access TV in 1992 has surfaced online – you can watch it below.

Sourced from a filmed broadcast on the Sacto Active Rock community-access TV show, the clip sees the band perform a song called ‘Answers’ during their formative years.

The pre-‘Adrenaline’ track has more of a dub/reggae vibe in comparison to the heavier alt-metal sound that they’re known for.

Shared by Deftones’ fan channel DeftonesLive, the clip sees the band with a different lineup, with John Taylor behind the drum kit in place of Abe Cunningham, who left the group in 1990 prior to rejoining in 1993.

Watch Chino Moreno and co. perform ‘Answers’ below:

In October, Deftones‘ frontman Chino Moreno said that he is open to one day finishing the band’s lost 2008 album ‘Eros’ as “an experiment’.

The band’s recent album ‘Ohms‘ saw them reunite with producer Terry Date, who worked on their first four albums and the sessions for a record in 2008 with the working title of ‘Eros’.

The album was shelved when bassist Chi Cheng was involved in a car crash that left him in a coma, and later died from cardiac arrest in 2013. Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega (who remains a full-time member today) and the band started from scratch on 2010’s acclaimed ‘Diamond Eyes’ with producer Rick Raskulinecz.

Moreno has now admitted that he’s open to the idea of one day returning to the material.

Meanwhile, Moreno recently appeared on rapper Trippie Redd‘s new song ‘GERONIMO’.

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Late DEFTONES Bassist CHI CHENG: Limited-Edition Spoken-Word Album To Be Released In January

A spoken-word performance by late DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng will be released in January 2021. Titled “The Head Up Project”, the limited-edition 24-track album was recorded at the Paris Cafe in Sacramento, California in January 2001 and can be pre-ordered at this location.

Chi passed away on in April 2013 following complications from a 2008 car accident that left him in a semi-comatose state. He was 42.

According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cheng was riding in a car driven by his sister Mae that flipped three times after a collision with another vehicle on a road in Santa Clara, California. Cheng was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.

He underwent surgery to remove part of his brain after the accident, although he was strong enough to come off life support seven months later.

Although Cheng never recovered full consciousness after his accident, he was gradually able to emerge for brief periods of time from his coma and see and hear things happening around him, although he could not respond verbally.

Cheng was also in and out of hospitals for various infections over the last four years of his life, as his family struggled with mounting medical bills. Cheng was dropped by his insurance company just months after his accident.

DEFTONES and other acts held benefit concerts to raise money for Cheng‘s medical bills, and DEFTONES continued to donate money from the band’s own tours as well.

Cheng performed on DEFTONES‘ first five albums, with his last released work being on 2006’s “Saturday Night Wrist”.

Sergio Vega stepped in to play for the band on tour after Cheng‘s accident, staying on to record 2010’s “Diamond Eyes”, 2012’s “Koi No Yokan”, 2016’s “Gore” and 2020’s “Ohms”.

The last record that Cheng worked on, an abandoned project called “Eros”, remains unreleased.

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CHINO MORENO’s Isolation-Themed Lyrics For DEFTONES’ ‘Ohms’ Album Were Written Before Pandemic

In a new interview with Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show, DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno was asked how the isolation during the coronavirus pandemic affected the lyrical approach and his singing on the band’s latest album, “Ohms”. He responded (hear audio below): “Honestly, a lot of the vocals were done before the end of 2019. I did go and I a few overdubs [this year], but lyrically, it really didn’t change much.

“It’s weird, because, at the time, when I was recording or writing a lot of this stuff, which was pre-pandemic, or whatever, I myself felt like I was dealing with this sort of sense of isolation,” he explained. “I had been living out in the mountains for maybe a good five [to] six years. I moved straight from Los Angeles, where I was around my friends and going out to shows and doing stuff all the time to basically, the town I live in, everything was shut down at 10 o’clock at night — not many shows. So, I was just not really being around people — my band, my friends. At first, I thought it was a great juxtaposition to touring life and everything else, and it was a great kind of balance, I guess in a way, but after a certain amount of time, I think I was sort of longing just for some connection and wanting to sort of have that thing that I was missing in my life. So, when I wrote a lot of the lyrics, I think they were sort of reflecting those type of feelings. And ironically, a few months later, after the record was finished and mixed and everything, the whole world was sort of in that same — not the world itself, but the people in it were kind of, I feel, experiencing — and still are, to an extent — maybe some of those similar feelings of just longing for this connection to be around people and hug people and sweat [with each other], and everything that comes around with it. So, for some reason, it’s sort of ironic that the album is a mirror of what we’re going through today.”

Moreno also spoke about what he has been doing during the pandemic to make up for the lack of the interaction of energy that comes with playing live for an audience.

“[I’m] just trying to stay creative,” he said. “I don’t think anything’s gonna really replace that vibe, the connection between a band and an audience. There’s been a lot of talk of us doing, like, streaming stuff or whatever, and I don’t know if I’m really sold on that idea. I know a lot of bands are doing it, and I think it’s great if they wanna do it. For us, I feel like our live show has always been very important to our success, so to do it halfway — I’m struggling with that idea.

“Myself, I’ve just been trying to make music,” he continued. “A lot of my musical gear that I’ve had for a lot of years and never really like dove deep into it — whether it’s old drum machines or even playing my guitar and messing with my pedalboards, just experimenting with my gear and keeping that creative flow going. But, yeah, it’s hard to say, because I don’t think anything really replaces that connection of a live show. So, it’s difficult, for sure.”

“Ohms” arrived in September via Warner. The disc was recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles, California and Trainwreck Studios in Woodinville, Washington and boasts a familiar collaborator in veteran producer and engineer Terry Date, who worked on 1995’s “Adrenaline”, 1997’s “Around The Fur” and 2000’s “White Pony”.

DEFTONES includes Moreno, Frank Delgado, Stephen Carpenter, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

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Listen to Robert Smith of The Cure’s dreamy remix of Deftones’ ‘Teenager’

Deftones have shared the remix of ‘Teenager’ by The Cure‘s Robert Smith, taken from their upcoming ‘White Pony’ remix album ‘Black Stallion’. Hear it first on NME below.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their seminal third album ‘White Pony‘, the Sacremento art-metallers will be releasing a remixed version of the record entitled ‘Black Stallion‘ – featuring reimagined takes on tracks by the likes of Tourist, Squarepusher and DJ Shadow. After sharing remixes from Purity Ring and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, now the band have unveiled Smith’s atmospheric approach to ‘Teenager’. This comes after Deftones were hand-picked by Smith to perform at his curated Meltdown Festival back in 2018.

“It’s fucking amazing to hear Robert rework one of our songs and sneak his voice in there,” Deftones frontman Chino Moreno told NME. “If you’d have told me that when I was 15-years-old, I would have lost my fucking mind and not believed a word you were saying. It was a dream.”

The new release is part of a busy year for Deftones, who dropped their acclaimed ninth album ‘Ohms’ back in summer. The idea for ‘Black Stallion’ however, dates back to the year 2000 when the band approached DJ Shadow to remix the whole album before it was even recorded.“We’d talk about the record before we’d done anything and say, ‘Our new record is going to be so good that we’re going to have DJ Shadow remix it’ and we’ll call it ‘Black Stallion’,” said drummer Abe Cunningham. “I was DJing and opening for him before me and Chino cornered him at The Cattle Club [in Sacremento]. We were like, ‘We want you to remix our record!’ He looked at us like we were crazy and said, ‘Send it to me and I’ll listen’. We told him, ‘We haven’t actually written or recorded it yet…’ It was batshit crazy of us, but what’s more crazy is that now he is part of it.”

Moreno told NME that he was proud of how it turned out, decades later and with a plethora of more names involved.

“I’m kind of glad that it happened now,” Moreno told NME. “The original idea was for DJ Shadow to remix the whole record and as cool as that sounds, it’s kind of neat now that we got a whole bunch of different artists to give their interpretation of the song that they remixed. As a music fan, it’s exciting to have all of these artists together.

“When I was listening to it recently on my bike, it was just so cool to hear all of these different elements come back but with a new life brought into it by these interpretations. It’s not so we can sell a million copies or get played on the radio, it’s really for fans of the record. It’s cool.”

Deftones’ ‘Black Stallion’ hits streaming on December 11, before a CD and vinyl release which you can pre-order here. Check out the full tracklist 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 Prty’ (Purity Ring remix)
‘Korea’ (Trevor Jackson remix)
‘Passenger’ (Mike Shinoda remix)
‘Change (In the House of Flies)’ (Tourist remix)
‘Pink Maggit’ (Squarepusher remix)

Deftones are set to hit the road in 2021, including an appearance at Download Festival. Moreno is also working on new material with his side-project Crosses.

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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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