Deftones' debut year at the festival features the local Geto Boys legend
Deftones made their first-ever appearance at SXSW this week ahead of the release of new album ‘Gore’ in April, and brought out a special guest in the form of local star Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boys.
The Geto Boys come from close to the Austin-based festival, in Houston, Texas, and have gone through numerous incarnations since forming in 1986, with Bushwick Bill one of the original members.
The rapper introduced ‘Digital Bath’ from Deftones’ seminal album ‘White Pony’ at a SPIN showcase on Friday (March 18), merging the intro with lines from Geto Boys own track ‘Mind Playing Tricks On Me’.
The show was Deftones’ second at the industry-hyped festival, with the rap-metal act performing a brief cover of Drake‘s ‘Hotline Bling’ at the earlier show.
Watch Deftones perform ‘Digital Bath’ with an intro from Bushwick Bill via YouTube fan footage, below:
Guitarist Stephen Carpenter, meanwhile, recently admitted he didn’t want to play on Deftones latest ‘Gore’.
Carpenter explained: “When we were coming up with the 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. My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently.”
He continued: “I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into. I just really like metal, and I love all the metal that’s being played now. I wish everybody would stop saying ‘djent’ though. That’s just dumb. It’s metal.”
When asked if he’d ever leave the band, the guitarist replied: “I would never leave the band that I started, but the band started leaving me. I can’t control that. I mean, I have a great time for the most part.
“This record has been a struggle, and we have got issues that I do not want to leave home, but how things will be in the future, I do not know. But 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 don’t agree with it.”
New track ‘Doomed User’ – taken from ‘Gore’ – was recently given its first live outing. The new album is due on April 8.