Deftones Keyboardist Talks White Pony 20th Anniversary, New Album


While Deftones frontman Chino Moreno was busy palling around with Korn’s Jonathan Davis last week, the band’s sampler/keyboardist, Frank Delgado, gave an interview to Australia’s Forté Magazine in which he discussed the pending anniversary of White Pony and the band’s upcoming new album, amongst other topics.

On the topic of the band’s next album, he replied:

“We’ve been pretty much working on that for the last couple of years and it’s basically done. I think we need to tie up a few things here and there to fix it but I think that’s coming in the real near future – I know it is.

“It’s a Deftones record which I know that sounds cliché or cheesy but we’ve never put up any walls and we’ve always gotten together and see what happens and as long as everyone is together and happy and in good shape, we’re good and there was a lot of that. We don’t really chase any sound or try and be a certain way. We just try to get better at what we do and put a whole package together where it sounds sonically amazing and that’s where we’re at right now and we’re pretty fucking excited for it!”

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of White Pony, which was released in June of 2000, he said:

“It feels good to work with not only your best friends but to learn to trust yourself and your instincts. I think i was a big deal and a big part of that because at the time there was a popular thing happening in the States with rock music and heavy metal and we could have easily rode some wave but we trusted our instincts of what we thought we should be doing and that was a pretty big success at the time.

“At the time we were young and taking advantage of our creativity and our brotherhood and it just seemed to really all work and I think all bands are chasing that at some point but I don’t think we were ever chasing that. I don’t think we’re always trying to make a White Pony but we’re always trying to please ourselves at the end of the day.”

When asked if there are any celebrations in store for the anniversary, he offered:

“I’m sure we might do a few things here or there but I know we haven’t really talked about, and I don’t think we’ve ever really done that either, but I think that record is really seminal for us that it might need the attention!”

Deftones look to have a busy year lined up independent of that anniversary, with the highly-anticipated release of a new album and a tour with Gojira and Poppy:

July 27 – Portland, OR. @ Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center [tickets]
July 28 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater [tickets]
July 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium [tickets]
Aug. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort [tickets]
Aug. 02 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre [tickets]
Aug. 04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre [tickets]
Aug. 05 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater [tickets]
Aug. 07 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater [tickets]
Aug. 08 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Ballroom [tickets]
Aug. 09 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory [tickets]
Aug. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island [tickets]
Aug. 12 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill [tickets]
Aug. 14 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena [tickets]
Aug. 15 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell [tickets]
Aug. 17 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach [tickets]
Aug. 19 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17 [tickets]
Aug. 20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summer Stage [tickets]
Aug. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia [tickets]
Aug. 23 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem [tickets]
Aug. 24 – Bridgeport, CT @ Harbor Yard Amphitheater [tickets]
Aug. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA. @ Petersen Events Center [tickets]
Aug. 27 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Amphitheatre at White River State Park [tickets]
Aug. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium [tickets]
Aug. 30 – Nashville, TN @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park [tickets]
Sept. 01 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center [tickets]
Sept. 02 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [tickets]
Sept. 03 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory [tickets]
Sept. 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center [tickets]

[via The PRP]

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