Chino Moreno on Palms, Unreleased Deftones Material, and Going into the Closet
Do you plan on recording another album with Palms?
We’re not scheduling anything just yet, but we all enjoyed doing this, so I think we all want to do more stuff. And playing shows is fun, but we can’t do that much because I’m really busy with Deftones.
You mentioned that when you have any down time, you like to make music. What’s going on with Crosses, Team Sleep, and your other projects?
Crosses has recorded a bunch of material and we have a third EP that’s ready to go. We just signed a deal with Sumerian Records to release it. We’re thinking of putting it out in October and doing a couple shows around then. I’ve also been working with [Stolen Babies drummer] Gil Sharone, [Crosses member] Chuck Doom, and my buddy Todd [Wilkinson], who plays [guitar] in Team Sleep. We always hang out and make music. We all got together for the Guitar Center “Drum Off” that Gil did [in March 2013]. We wrote five or six tunes and played the gig. It’s all instrumental at this point. I just turned 40, and I’ve realized that I like having a regular output of music and doing it consistently, whether it ends up in record format or if it doesn’t come out at all. As much as I can do it now, creating music with other people is definitely fun. It’s my number one hobby. I’m not too much into video games or other things. I like to spend my time creating stuff with friends.
What’s the status of Team Sleep?
That’s still a little shaky because everyone lives so far away. It’s hard for us to get together, but hopefully we’ll find some time to work on that, too.
Before Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died in April, you had shelved a full album, Eros, on which Cheng had played before the 2008 car crash that eventually led to his death. Originally, the band said the album would come when Chi gets better and is playing with you again. Do you have any plans to release that material now that he’s gone?
It’s not on the schedule. Now that there’s been some sort of closure with Chi, it makes a little more sense to put it out now than before, so it’ll probably be sooner than never. Before, people figured it would never be released. At the same time, there are no plans right now to release it. Deftones are still trudging forward, and I don’t think we’re completely ready to reflect on that time in our career. It’s a pretty heavy thing. If you listen to the record—which I did recently—it really is a snapshot in our lives, and those were some of the last moments I spent with Chi. His accident occurred right in the middle of us finishing up writing that record. It’s a tough thing to reflect on. Listening to it the other day brought back a lot of intense feelings, which I don’t think as a band we want to present to anybody just yet. I still think we’re dealing with it internally. One day I think it will see the light of day, and probably sooner than never.
Have you written any new Deftones material since you released Koi No Yokan last November?
No, not at all. The best we work now is to go into the studio and make records with the five of us in a room, and capture that moment in time. I feel like we did that with Koi No Yokan and we started it with the Diamond Eyes record in 2010. It’s been well documented that before that time, we had so many troubles trying to make records and doing it, but not having that foundation—that communication that this band was built on. When we reconnected on Diamond Eyes and got back to that work ethic, it really benefited us as a band and as friends and musicians. So with Koi we took that same template and rented a studio in North Hollywood and locked ourselves in the room from noon to six every day through the week. It’s a really communal vibe and it’s a healthy way for us to make records. We do it in a short span of time. We don’t over think the whole process. We just get together and start making sounds, and it has worked out. In a couple months, we have a record’s worth of material. Following that idea works for us, so I think we’ll attack it like that again when we’re ready to go in and do the next record. At this point, I don’t know when that will be. We still have a lot of touring for the rest of this year. We have festivals scheduled and we’ll probably do some more touring next year. But I’m thinking shortly after that we’ll go back in the studio and repeat the process.
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