Deftones are hoping that a gap between the end of its current North American tour and some summer festival dates will allow the group to get started on the follow-up to 2010's "Diamond Eyes."
"We're going to have a month off, but in that month we're talking about going in and starting to write again, maybe even two or three weeks in a rehearsal spot just recording ideas and keeping it going," frontman Chino Moreno tells Billboard.com. The process will resume in September, he says, "so if all goes well hopefully we'll have some product for early next year."
But Moreno won't hazard a guess as to what the next Deftones material will sound like. "Everyone has their own kind of little recording devices and are putting down ideas," he explains, "but with a band like us we find that when we actually get together in a rehearsal spot where there's no distractions and we can work together cohesively as a band, that's really when we're writing songs. Even at sound check we'll jam and do things, but it's not like we ever stop and say, 'Okay, let's keep going on this,' because there's so many distractions. So we're not that good at working on the road. When we get home and we actually seclude ourselves in a little room, that's when it will start."
Deftones finish the group's current tour on June 13 in San Francisco and will play this year's Lollapalooza in Chicago before heading overseas for the Reading and Leeds festivals in the U.K. and other shows. The group is planning to make its seventh album with Sergio Vega, who stepped in for "Diamond Eyes" after bassist Chi Cheng was severely injured in a 2008 auto accident. "Sergio is great," Moreno says. "He's a great dude and he's doing a great job and we're just rolling with where we're at right now, and we'll see what happens."
Moreno adds that Cheng is showing some signs of improvement but it still in "a semi-conscious state," unable to communicate with those around him. Nevertheless, Deftones continue to "put a lot of hopes and a lot of prayers into" his recovery. "We're hoping that he's gonna be back on his feet sooner than later, but who knows," Moreno notes. "It's just going to take time, and all we can do is be patient and just hope for the best."
Meanwhile, Moreno predicts that "Eros," the album Deftones were working on at the time of Cheng's accident, will one day see the light of day.
"We still have yet to even sit down as a band and listen to where it was left," he says. "There's a lot of great music on it, I know that, but... there's a lot of emotion and stuff around it, obviously. It'll be something we'll put out just out of the blue, when we feel the time is right, but I don't think that will be any time soon. Right now we're definitely going to write new music and put out a new record before we do that."