DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno has spoken to MTV.com about the group's decision to embark on a month-long club tour prior to entering the studio to record their fifth studio album.
"We're just going to get used to playing as a live band again," Moreno said. "For me, the best part of being in a band is playing shows, all the raw energy. So we want to get some of these new songs worked out live. It'll be interesting."
The tour starts September 27 in San Francisco and finishes October 30 in Hartford, Connecticut. The band plans to head right from the road into producer Bob Ezrin's (KISS, JANE'S ADDICTION, PINK FLOYD) Connecticut studio.
"The tour is routed so it ends in Connecticut, and the we load our equipment into Bob's studio," Moreno said. "He produced [PINK FLOYD's] 'The Wall', so he's known for building songs. And we've been FTPing songs back and forth all along, so we're slowly constructing a record. We're building an album as opposed to just making a bunch of songs and putting them on a record."
With regards to the musical direction of the new material, Moreno said, "The songs are kind of brainy. They're more RUSH than TOOL in a way," he continued. "On our last record, we got kind of lazy by writing as few riffs as possible. This one we're writing way more riffs. We have formats where we have to write the songs down and go over them and over them again." Read more.