Deftones frontman Chino Moreno says the band went back to basics on their forthcoming album "Koi No Yokan" in a bid to prove themselves to fans.
He made the comments shortly before a recording session to cover an unusual roster of cover songs as future b-sides.
Speaking to Noisecreep about "Koi No Yokan", Chino said:
"Our goal was to kind of rebuild what we created over all the years. I felt like we had to prove ourselves... 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.
Deftones have always been known for covering an eclectic range of songs on their b-sides - mostly their personal favorites from the 1980s, particularly Duran Duran songs - but Chino says fans wouldn't believe the range of songs they're about to record. Maybe rumors that they'll tackle Elvis Presley and Earth, Wind & Fire were true after all.
Meanwhile, original bassist Chi Cheng remains in serious condition after a car crash put him in a coma in 2008. Chino explained why Cheng was more than just a bandmate to him:
"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," he said. "The main thing we try to do is keep a positive attitude because it' not like he died – it's more or less he's still alive and fighting and we all have hope."
Deftones' new album "Koi No Yokan" is due on November 13.
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