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Deftones - Biography
|last update : 03-03-2009 18:01|
|Deftones is an American rock band from Sacramento, California formed in 1988, consisting of Chino Moreno (lead vocals and guitar), Stephen Carpenter (guitar), Chi Cheng (bass), Frank Delgado (keyboards and turntables), and Abe Cunningham (drums and percussion). Their sound has been described as ranging from alternative metal, dream pop and nu metal, to progressive rock and art rock. Critics have often praised them as one of the closest to unique rock bands of recent years for their innovative, atmospheric music.
Carpenter, Moreno and Cunningham all went to the same high school and were childhood friends. The three began playing together regularly around 1988, practicing in Carpenter's garage. Within two years the band began playing club shows and later expanded their playing territory to San Francisco and Los Angeles where they played shows alongside bands such as Korn. While closing for another band in L.A., after the majority of the audience had left, the band impressed a Maverick Records representative.
The name "Deftones" was created by Carpenter who wanted to pick "something that would just stand out but you know, not be all cheese-ball at the same time." The band's debut album, Adrenaline, was recorded at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington and released on October 3, 1995. It was produced by Deftones and Terry Date, who would go on to produce the band's next three albums. Initially unsuccessful, extensive touring, word-of-mouth and Internet promotion built the band a dedicated fan base, as well as helping Adrenaline to sell over 220,000 copies without receiving any airplay.
Deftones' second album, Around the Fur, was recorded at Studio Litho in Seattle, Washington and produced by Terry Date, released on October 26, 1997. The album was highly anticipated and propelled the band to fame in the alternative metal scene on the strength of radio and MTV airplay. It sold 43,000 copies in its first week of release, and entered the Billboard 200 at number 29 (its peak position), remaining on the charts for 17 weeks. The band went back to touring, making appearances at the Warped Tour, Pinkpop Festival, Roskilde Festival and Ozzfest as well as releasing a live EP on June 22, 1999. Around the Fur went on to reach RIAA gold status on June 24, 199.
On June 20, 2000, the band released their third album, White Pony, again produced by Terry Date and Deftones. It was recorded at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California and at Larrabee Sound Studios. The album debuted at number three in the US Billboard chart with sales of 178,000 copies. Delgado was now a full-time band member, adding new elements to the band's music. White Pony achieved platinum status, selling over 1.3 million copies in the US, and earning the band a 2001 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance for the song "Elite".
The self-titled album Deftones was released on May 20, 2003. Deftones entered the Billboard 200 at number two and sold 167,000 copies in its first week. The album remained in the Billboard top 100 for nine weeks, supported by the first single, "Minerva".
The band's latest album, titled Saturday Night Wrist, was released on October 31, 2006. It debuted at number ten in the US Billboard chart with sales of just over 76,000, a significant decrease on the first week sales of their two previous releases. Rather than work with longtime producer Terry Date, Deftones decided to record with Bob Ezrin. Deftones spent the majority of 2006 and 2007 touring around the world in support of the album. The band also performed in such tours as Taste of Chaos, Family Values Tour and the Soundwave Festival in Australia.