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New album was “a struggle”, says Deftones guitarist

By | Published on Thursday 25 February 2016


Although the latest Deftones album now has a release date set in stone, this was not always the case. I mean, that’s obvious, I know. But what I’m saying is that the album was previously delayed for reasons that weren’t entirely clear at the time. Now it turns out that, at least in part, that was down to guitarist Steph Carpenter not being massively keen on the record.

Asked what he was most proud about on the new album by Ultimate Guitar, Carpenter said: “Oh god. I think my proudest thing about my guitar playing on this record is just playing on the record, because I didn’t want to play on the record to begin with. It wasn’t until way later once I actually got into it. I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into”.

That’s the way to promote your new record, kids. He added that he was particularly into metal at the moment, while the rest of the band were perhaps looking to other influences. “My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently. When we were coming up with ideas and writing the songs, the stuff that was being written, you know, the other guys’ ideas, I wasn’t too interested in it. It wasn’t the style or the sound I was hoping we would take. It wasn’t what I was expecting or wanting”.

He’s not about to leave the band though, don’t worry. Well, not intentionally. “I would never leave the band that I started but the band started leaving me, I can’t control that”, he said, slightly ominously. “I mean, I have a great time for the most part. This record has been a struggle and we have got issues, [but] I do not want to leave home. How things will be in the future, I do not know. I know what I will do and what I will not do and there are some things that I will not do in the future because I just don’t agree with it”.

Read the full interview here, and remind yourself of how great new single ‘Prayers/Triangles’ is here: