Deftones say new album is inspired by Morrissey

"I’ve been on this crazy Morrissey kick recently," Chino Moreno tells NME

Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has discussed the inspiration behind his band’s new album.

The band recently announced that their new album is set for release on September 25. The follow-up to 2012’s ‘Koi No Yokan’, the as yet untitled record will be their first since the death of bass player Chi Cheng in 2013.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Moreno described the sound of the LP as “out of the box”, adding that it’s “full of keyboards and a lot of cool, spacey low frequencies” as well as “organic jams”.

The singer also revealed that former Smiths frontman Morrissey was a surprise influence on the record. “I’ve been on this crazy Morrissey kick recently – totally obsessing over his solo records – so I brought a lot of that to the table,” Moreno said. “On those early solo records, he uses this awesome, Elvis-y delay on his vocal that I’ve been ripping off a ton. He’s always been a favourite lyricist of mine – the beautiful poetic melancholy of it all.”

Despite this, Moreno confirms that there’s still “definitely heavy elements to the album”. “As usual for us the jagged and coarse bits only make the sweeter parts even sweeter,” he added.

Read the full NME feature with Deftones here.

The band recently announced details of a one-off London date at the SSE Arena Wembley, London. The US metal band will headline the arena venue on November 21.

Speaking to NME ahead of the huge gig, Moreno said he was keen to play new songs to the band’s fans in London. He said: “First of all, we’re really excited to have new songs ready to play in the UK. The new record will be out then and it’s usually the way that when we get out and get to play a new record live, it lends those new songs a whole different perspective.

“So I’m excited for that. It’s always been one of our favourite places to play to go as a band… We did a whole lot of ground work there when we were coming up – playing small shows, small clubs, in smaller cities – that I feel like we’ve got a cool, strong core group of fans there, who always make it a fun time. So yeah, it’s gonna be heavy.”