METAL ON THE BOIL
The Deftones were happy to step in after Blur pulled out of the Big Day Out festival, but the tour has put their new album on hold
The Deftones good news fans for is that when Blur pulled the pin on the Big Day Out, the organisers’ first call was to the Sacramento alt-metal veterans.
The bad news, though, is that the festival tour put plans for work on their follow-up to
2012’s acclaimed Koi No Yokan on hold.
“We were just starting that process when we got the offer to come down,” guitarist Stephen Carpenter says.
“We would have been getting and putting together ideas and together jamming but we’ll just do that a bit later. We’d like to have stuff done by the end of the year and out by early next year.” Despite having their albums leaked on the net before release, and – like every other band in the world – their music pirated, Carpenter is surprisingly relaxed and comfortable when it comes to illegal downloads. “With or without my approval it will happen. I don’t really look at it as a negative.”
Deftones’ original bass player, Chi Cheng, died in April last year, 4½ years after a car accident put him in a coma. The 2008 accident saw the
Eros album they were working on shelved indefinitely.
“The ball is really in (singer) Chino’s court,” Carpenter says, adding the singer needs to complete the vocal recordings.
Carpenter thinks it’s strange that many people focus on the differences he has with Chino.
“Our likenesses and the things we agree on are far greater than anything we disagree on, it’s just the things we do disagree on we’re adamant about, we’re so fiery and I’m like: ‘I will never think the way you think about certain things.’
“He’s one of my best friends and I love that guy. I always think and hope the best for him constantly, despite our differences.”
Deftones‘ frontman Chino Moreno.