Deftones’ Chino Moreno On Bassist Chi Cheng: “He’s Still Alive And Fighting And We All Have Hope”
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has commented on the band’s new album Koi No Yokan and on Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who has been in a semi-comatose state since being involved in a car crash in 2008, in a new interview.
“We were coming out of a tough time, obviously, and our goal was to kind of rebuild what we created over all the years,” he tells Noisecreep. I felt like we had to prove ourselves. We’d taken so much time between records, had some inner turmoil, and our records were starting to get pieced together versus really being created together, so for us it was a chance to get back to basics. We didn’t have an idea of what sort of style we wanted. We just came in fired up and motivated to do something great. It was all very positive. We had more songs than ever, tons of ideas.”
Off Chi he adds; “When I was 17 years old, I moved out of my parents’ house and moved in with him. We’ve been best friends most of my life. I’ll just be doing some random thing in my life and he’s always in my thoughts. The whole band feels very strongly about him and he’s always been a part of things. The main thing we try to do is keep a positive attitude because it’s not like he died — it’s more or less he’s still alive and fighting and we all have hope — that’s the way we handle things.”
New Deftones album Koi No Yokan was recorded in LA with Alice In Chains/Foo Fighters producer Nick Raskulinecz
“Obviously we’re an aggressive band – not the heaviest, but there’s a lot of attack,” notes Chino. “But there’s also this lush beauty that flows within everything that we do, and that’s my favorite part of the band. To me, it’s the epitome of what the Deftones do.”
The album will be released on November 12 via Reprise.