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deftones Using Tour To Work On Next Album

Of the Oakland Press

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“Saturday Night Wrist,” deftones’ first new album in three years, has been out just about seven months — which means it’s still in its relative infancy. But the headbangers from Sacramento, Calif., are already stirring up their next outing.

“We have a ... miniature kind of gear setup in our dressing room,” says frontman Chino Moreno. “We’re going in there and playing as five of us in the room with just our instruments, no other distractions.

“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, according to Moreno, 33, 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 puzzleish. 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.”

deftones, Dir en grey and the Fall of Troy perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday (June 12th) at the Fillmore (formerly the State Theatre), 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $27.50-$35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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