Deftones discuss drug history, guitarist comments about ‘Gore’

Posted by on March 24, 2016

deftones gore album coverEvery day that passes, we get closer to get our hands on Deftones’ new album Gore, which will be out on April 8th and we have covered every single bit of information available but there’s a lot more to know and the band wants to make sure you are kept in the loop about it.

Deftones’ recently talked to Kerrang! for their latest edition and they discuss about many different subjects, aside from their newest record and actually dive into their past as a band and their history with drugs back in the days. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter declared:

“We almost chucked Chino out of the band on that record. Seriously, in all honesty, it was less an unfriendly thing, just motherfuckers were in bad places. Drugs are a bad thing. They make you make bad decisions. Relationships don’t get terminated. You don’t do that. But that record and self-titled, we refer to them as our ‘dark days.’ Lives were collapsing, immaturity, divorces, drugs, alcohol. All the clichéd bullshit.”

Frontman Chino Moreno admitted his issue with drugs and how it affected him when releasing their 2006 album Saturday Night’s Wrist:

“It was fucking horrible. To me it was horrible. You know why I don’t like that record? I didn’t believe in myself. I was put with three or four different writers [the band’s label and management at the time] made me believe I couldn’t wring a song anymore. My real problem was I had a drug problem and I probably just needed help for that. But it got so much bigger, because instead of just getting over that, they made me believe I couldn’t make music any more. And I believed that! That record is so unconfident, that’s why I hate it. I don’t feel like it’s me—it’s this unconfident version of myself that doesn’t know what he’s doing or even believe in himself. It was horrible. It was the worst time in my life.”

White Pony, that’s when the drug-use really became a thing in our band. Before that we didn’t really do anything—I didn’t even smoke weed. But we started using cocaine, we lived life like there was no tomorrow, we sold it to ourselves that that’s what you do in a band. In retrospect, I’m not completely upset I did it—it kinda makes you who you are. But fuck man, I had this false reality that I could do whatever I want. And we were successful from that record, so it was this falsehood like, ‘We can just get high and fucking make some shit and people are going to love it.’ You get this false feeling that you can’t fuck up.”

On a more recent topic, the band also discussed Carpenter’s recent comments regarding Gore after he said he “wasn’t too interested” with Moreno stating:

“People are saying ‘are you mad about what Stef said?’ Fuck no! That’s Stephen! He says that shit to me! I understand when he says stuff like that, people are going to react in a certain way, but Stephen didn’t say it to make people react—he was just being Stephen. That’s how shit is.”

Carpenter also clarified his comments when asked if there was any repercussion from the band after his interview:

“Not a single email, text message, phone call. You know what came out my end? Straight crickets. Like nothing happened.”

“When I gave ‘the interview’, I was just saying that, in the beginning, I wasn’t too inspired by what was going on. I didn’t elaborate. The emotions tied to that statement were really all around one song called “Hearts/Wires.” Once I got over my bs about it and dug into it, I found a place in it where I like it and have fun. It ended up one I liked the most. It’s so funny how things get spun out.”

You can pick up the latest issue of Kerrang! at Kerrang.com  and place your pre-orders for the album right here.

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