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Deftones Writing New Album, Team Sleep Revived

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Billboard.com reports: The Deftones are still rocking their latest album, "Saturday Night Wrist," around the United States. But they've already started work on its successor, too. Frontman Chino Moreno tells Billboard.com that the Sacramento, Calif.-based quintet has set up a backstage writing room where they're creating new material.

"We're going in there and playing as five of us in the room with just our instruments, no other distractions," he explains. "That's how we started out, basically, when we first started the band -- us in the garage, no ProTools or anything to get us ahead of ourselves. We'd just play things over and over again, until we remembered it -- that's the rawest way you can do it, and the best, I think."

That process, Moreno says, is a reaction to the lengthy gestation of "Saturday Night Wrist," which went through several producers and sessions and was, he acknowledges, "a hard album to make, definitely pieced-together, real jigsaw puzzle-ish. It just wasn't fun, really, and I really don't want to have another experience like that."

Moreno says that with just a couple of songs in motion, it's too early to predict what the new album will sound like -- or when it will be recorded and released. But he feels good that "we're kind of ahead of ourselves a little bit instead of getting off tour and then going in to write a record and feeling a lot of pressure and under the gun. It feels like we're already moving."

Moreno is also moving on a second album by his other band, Team Sleep, which he says is nearly finished and should be out in early 2008. Moreno and company have been working on the follow-up to their self-titled 2005 album for the past year, and he describes it as "pretty sick" and "more electronically based with a lot of good guitar stuff and piano stuff mixed in. It's still kind of dreamy, not real aggressive, but it sounds neat."

Moreno says that unlike Deftones, Team Sleep thrives on a more piecemeal kind of recording process. "Everybody has their piece, and we come in and build this huge robot," he explains. "It sounds like that to me -- robotic, old German kind of electronic music. I wouldn't say lo-fi, but it's not real over-produced. It's just a fun project to do."

Source: Billboard.com

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