Deftones Side Projects Blossom
In the wake of last year's Maverick album "White Pony," side projects are keeping members of the Deftones busy. Vocalist Chino Moreno's Team Sleep's as-yet-untitled album was recorded last spring inIn the wake of last year's Maverick album "White Pony," side projects are keeping members of the Deftones busy. Vocalist Chino Moreno's Team Sleep's as-yet-untitled album was recorded last spring in Seattle with veteran Deftones producer Terry Date, and features childhood friend Todd Wilkenson on guitar and friend DJ Crook. Look for it early next year on an as-yet-undetermined label.
Songs on the album, which Moreno describes in a release as "moody" and "beat orientated," include the instrumental "King Diamond," featuring a harpsichord sample; "Ligeia," inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name; and "Kool-Aid Party," which is the working title for a song about the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. Moreno's Deftones bandmates -- guitarist Stephen Carpenter, bassist Chi Cheng, drummer Abe Cunningham, DJ Frank Delgado -- will make appearances.
Carpenter has recorded with Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers and drummer Raymond Herrera on a project tentatively titled Krush (Dr. Krush has also been discussed). The group really started to take shape once Cypress Hill's B-Real joined the mix, and rap-metal foursome hopes to release an album next year.
Meanwhile, Cunningham has revisited an earlier group that never came to fruition. In the early '90s, he took leave of the Deftones to join Sacramento's Phallucy, with Sonny Mayugba on guitar and Dave Garcia on vocals. The hard rock trio recorded an album, but was never able to release it due to financial restraints. The group recently went back into the studio to remix it, and will issue 1,000 copies this summer exclusively via the Deftones' official Web site.
Delgado has been working with DJ Crook and DJ Epik on the Co-Defendants, a hip-hop driven trio that's in its early stages. Delgado hopes to release a vinyl album next year, and tour when time permits. As for Cheng, he recently released a spoken-word album of 25 poems, which is currently available only through the Deftones' site. Content for the album was whittled down from six books of material.
The Deftones will begin an eight-week summer tour of the U.S. with Godsmack on July 12. "White Pony" debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 900,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.