Deftones: Finalizing New Album Title, Artwork And Songtitles
Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham and turntablist/keyboardist Frank Delgado recently did an interview with 105.1 The Blaze radio station at this past weekend’s Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California. A couple of excerpts are below:
On Deftones’ upcoming follow-up to 2012’s “Koi No Yokan” album:
Delgado: “It’s being mixed now. It started being mixed a couple weeks back. They’re actually going tomorrow to go down and listen to mixes and do things and… We’re mixing and we still are in the process of [finalizing the] album title, artwork, songtitles. We haven’t even got there yet. But the music’s done.”
On the writing / recording process for Deftones’ new album:
Delgado: “You know what’s cool? We had some [release] dates that were already kind of tentative. But we were [putting the finishing touches on the album] and the label actually came in. They were, like, ‘Hey, guys, for the first time ever, you guys wanna just take your time, make it right, and then we’ll release it in the first [quarter] of the year?’ And we were, like, ‘Wow! Yeah. That sounds great.’ And that was actually how we wrote the record. We would go and we’d meet up in L.A. and we’d write for, like, two-three weeks, we’d go home for a week or two weeks, and we’d go back to L.A. and write for a month, then go home for three weeks. So it was very relaxed and very chill. Then we’d do a couple of shows in between all that, and then we were ableto jam our ideas on soundcheck. And we have never done it like that. Usually we’d be, like… They’d say, ‘You need a record out at this time.’ And then you’re, like, ‘Oh, shit! We’ve gotta go in the studio.’ Now you’ve gotta be creative and turn it on within this short amount of time, and write and record. But this one’s been hella cool, because it’s been at our own pace, at our discretion, and it’s been different and really good. And it works for us too, especially now at this time in particular for who we are as musicians and men. A lot of the guys got kids and families, so it worked out for that part of the thing really well.”
Talking about the new album’s direction, Deftones’ singer Chino Moreno told a radio station this past summer: “Every time we make a record, our main focus, with anything, is to try different things, and try things maybe outside our comfort zone a little bit. But this time, this record, one thing that’s really cool, sonically, is that our bass player [Sergio Vega] is really not so much playing… He does play bass on some of the record, but [on] a lot of the record he plays a Bass VI, which is a six-string bass, which is more like a baritone guitar, sort of. So the way his frequency works with my guitar frequency and Stephen’s [Carpenter] guitar frequency, it kind of [gave] it a different sound.”
According to Moreno, sixteen songs were written for Deftones’ new album, which was produced by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Monster Magnet). As previously reported, the new album features a guest appearance by Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains).
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