Shroom of the Cincinnati, Ohio radio station 102.7 WEBN recently conducted an interview with DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno. The chat is now available for streaming using the audio player below.
DEFTONES' video for the song "Diamond Eyes" can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober; METALLICA, MASTODON).
"Diamond Eyes" is the title track of DEFTONES's new album, which is scheduled for release on May 4 via Warner.
"Diamond Eyes" track listing:
01. Diamond Eyes
04. You've Seen the Butcher
05. Beauty School
07. Rocket Skates
11. This Place Is Death
In a recent interview with SPIN.com, Moreno stated about the forthcoming CD, "The dynamics DEFTONES are known for — aggressive overtones and lush openness. They're on opposite sides of the spectrum, but we meld them together without sounding contrived. There are a few heavy songs, too, like our first couple records, and there are also experimental tunes — but there's not a minute on this record that feels like it doesn't need to be there. Each sound complements the other. I'll straight-up say it: it's definitely one of our best albums."
Regarding the lyrical direction of the new album, Moreno said, "Well, I've been wanting to record a fantasy album like 'White Pony', where the lyrics are less, 'This is my life and this is what we're going through.' It helps take us away from reality. I don't like listening to people's problems — I like music. Music has been smothered with that complaining since the early-'90s. It gets old. Instead of going to the opposite side of the spectrum and listening to BLACK EYED PEAS, which is just straight silly, I choose to listen to more instrumental music. I do very little singing about myself on this record. I love songs where I can totally take myself out of being human. I can sing about really odd things, and they don't necessarily have to pertain to me at all. It paints a picture. Those are the kind of lyrics I grew up with — like THE CURE. Really visual images and no storytelling."
"Diamond Eyes" is DEFTONES' first album first since bassist Chi Cheng's life-altering car accident, which has left him in a comatose state.
Chino expressing his love for MILLI VANILLI: