DEFTONES' Frontman Wants More Guitar Riffs & Drums At The Forefront Of The Next Album
Deftones has had a very varied career in terms of output, and interestingly enough it seems as though its 2016 album Gore didn't quite grab fans the way albums like Diamond Eyes or White Pony did. It's also no secret that guitarist Stephen Carpenter didn't have a ton of input on Gore, which is something vocalist Chino Moreno wants to rectify with whatever the band does next.
In an interview with Revolver, Moreno says he feels like Stephen Carpenter's riffs and Abe Cunningham's drums are what really make Deftones what they are, and he hopes that those two aspects can be the main focus of the next album.
We might start writing music. I’m thinking of going in the next couple months and staying with Stephen for a few days… Trying to think of different ways of writing music from scratch.
On our last record he didn’t have as much to do with the writing process as I would have liked for him to have. The idea this time is to just go hang out with him for a couple weeks at his house and just record him playing guitar, take some of the riffs, whatever he makes, organize stuff.
But I really feel like his riffs, his guitar playing, what he does is one of the most—if not the most important part—of Deftones, what we do. Those riffs and the way that Abe plays drums, that’s the essence of what we do and I just want to bring that to the forefront.
Who's gonna say no to more riffs and grooves? In the meantime, maybe go check out Deftones' new series of beers, since whatever new album they're working on isn't coming out anytime soon.