Through the music of Deftones and the efforts of the Buckle Up for Chi initiatives, the music, and creative spirit of Chi Cheng stays alive. In addition to Deftones, Cheng was a prolific artist, musician, and poet. Today, April, 13th, 2021 is the eighth anniversary of his death in 2013. His debut album The Bamboo Parachute was released in 2000, and the compilation, The Head-Up project is a live recording from 2001. To continue celebrating his life and work, The Head-Up poetry compilation that saw a recent release on CD is soon to release on vinyl, with pre-orders live at the link below.
Success has a way of messing with a good band. First world problems compared to the millions of bands that never make it, sure. However, so often when an emerging band that has fast become a genre leader, big corporate record labels can foul up the flow. This was almost the case of White Pony by Deftones, and the case where the hype was lived up to by pencil pushers, bean counters, and greed almost wrecked the game. White Pony is the band’s pivotal third album, where they built off the stylistic changes that came in with Around The Fur (Maverick) and pushed their sound further than before. In the process, they severed themselves far from the Nu-Metal wave that was exploding at the time and firmly created a new camp of “Deftones Music” as a category. That is, until, the label got in their business later on.Continue reading
In a new interview for Download TV as part of their weekend-long Virtual Download Festival, Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham revealed the band is aiming at a September release for their new album. In a previous interview, frontman Chino Moreno had said the album was nearly done and the band had hoped for a summer release. The band may also release their “lost” album Eros as an EP, which has been unreleased since it was recorded and finished at the time of original bassist Chi Cheng’s tragic auto accident that ultimately led to his passing in 2013. The band performed the first track anyone has ever heard from the mythical album, ‘Smile’, last fall at their own Dia Los Del Deftones Festival.
Get in your way-back machine and set the dials for 1997. People back then had big 1990s optimism and even bigger pants (JNCOs). James Cameron’s Titanic was dominating the box office, and sadly two iconic women, Mother Teresa and Princess Diana died. Scotland cloned a sheep named Dolly, and the first of the Harry Potter novels was published. And a band from Sacramento, CA put out their second album. Of course, we mean Deftones and Around The Fur (Maverick). Not just any sophomore effort, the album would be a stylistic left turn for the band that was on the forefront of Nu Metal just a few years earlier. A classification the band would come to shun and remove themselves from over future releases.Continue reading