Deftones promise ‘energetic’ new album
frontman Chino Moreno has said that the group’s fans can expect the follow-up to 2006′s “Saturday Night Wrist” to be on store shelves by autumn 2008. According to Moreno, the band has spent about six weeks writing for it and wants to spend the next three coming up with even more material.
“The band’s been working really good together and utilizing our time really well,” he said. “We have a little more than half an album’s worth of material right now — written completely. We plan to have a record’s worth of material written before the holidays, and we’ll start recording at the beginning of next year.
“The last two records have been a lot more impersonal,” Moreno continued. “Once we started using computers, it got super impersonal. Everybody would come in separately and do their parts. We looked back to our sophomore album, where we wrote and recorded it and mixed it in four months, and that’s still one of my favorite records we’ve ever done. We want to work in that way [again], all together in one room, and we just play everything until it’s memorized, and then we’ll record it live. That’s what we did with our first records.”
Moreno said he won’t be contributing guitars to the yet-untitled LP, and he feels that aids the creative process. “[Guitarist] Stephen [Carpenter] has been writing tons of songs, and he’s got some really great ideas,” Moreno said. “I don’t think I’m slowing things down by trying to change everything in the midst of writing it — I am letting them write the music, and I’ll take care of the vocals.”
The singer said the material the band has come up with so far is “dance-y” and “way uptempo-ish, which is kind of neat.”
“[Drummer] Abe [Cunningham] is playing really, really fast, and I like that,” Moreno said. “It’s way more energetic. Our last couple of records have been more midtempo, which is the stuff I tend to write. But on this record, everything is more snappy.”