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 Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - Deftones play the Es­sen­tial (Pur­ple) Stage at the Big Day Out, at Met­ri­con Sta­dium, on Sun­day at 9.15pm.

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.

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