Deftones covered The Smiths at Coachella, give update on new album

Ahead of their weekend one Coachella performance on Friday (4/12), their first time playing the festival, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and drummer Abe Cunningham gave a backstage interview where they spoke about the highly anticipated new album they’ve had in the works. Speaking to KROQ, Moreno said, “We’ve just sort of been working on and off over the last year and a half. From when we started writing to where we’re sitting right now is we have a whole record recorded, all musically, and it’s pretty much my job now to finish up the vocals.”

“I have this show again next week and then straight after that I go back home to Oregon and I go in the studio,” he continued. “So as long as that takes, I hate to put a definite time frame, because we’re not really in a rush. We want it to be great, I think that’s most important. But it is coming and it’s really good. We’re really excited with what we what we’ve been working on, and everybody’s jazzed.”

Moreno also told KROQ that the album has “an invigorated kind of sound,” continuing, “The creative part to me is always kind of the funnest part of being in a band. Performing is great, but coming up with something out of nothing that feeling is like cannot be topped. So when you get in the room with your friends, we’re laughing, we’re having fun, and then someone does something, and then I react to it, or they react to what I’m doing, or you know, it goes in a circle and then all of a sudden we lift our heads up, and there’s something that exists that didn’t exist before we walked in that room.” Watch the interview in full below.

Deftones’ weekend one setlist included their first performance of “Combat” since 2011, and the live debut of their cover of The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” from their 2005 B-Sides & Rarities compilation. Watch video of The Smiths’ cover (via Stereogum), and see their setlist, below.

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Rocket Skates
Swerve City
Digital Bath
Change (In the House of Flies)
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths cover)
My Own Summer (Shove It)