Deftones Go Solo

Band members working on separate side projects
Posted Jun 19, 2001 at 12:00am
Since Deftones' frontman Chino Moreno began his project, Team Sleep, last summer with Todd Wilkenson and DJ Crook, his other band mates have been pursuing their own side gigs.

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter, Fear Factory bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, percussionist Raymond Herrera and Cypress Hill frontman B-Real have been working on a number of songs under the tentative name, "Dr. Kush," with producer T Ray (Cypress Hill, Helmet). The band hopes to release their debut album sometime next year. Carpenter calls the music, "predominately rap-metal because of its origins," and says it's "not like anything else we do. We have no set agenda."

Meanwhile, DJ Frank Delgado has been collaborating with DJ Crook and DJ Epik on a pet project they are calling the Co-Defendants, which is still in the pre-production stages. "It's us having fun with our records and drum machines," says Delgado of the group's sound. "Hip-hop beats and breaks that have come from our never-ending search for any and all sounds."

The Co-Defendants plan to get the music pressed to vinyl, which would be ready for release sometime next year and then take it on the road in between Delgado's Deftones' obligations.

Drummer Abe Cunningham has gone back into the studio to remix a record he made in the early Nineties, during his two-year stint with the Sacramento band Phallucy. "It's all original material, just rock & roll, strange-sounding guitars, real trippy," says Cunningham of Phallucy's lone and still-untitled recording. "The thing is that even after all of these years, I still haven't heard anything like it."

Cunningham and the other members of Phallucy -- Sonny Mayugba (guitar) and Dave Garcia (vocals) - plan to make a thousand or so copies of the album available via the Deftones' Web site (

Also available on the Web site will be a spoken word CD from bassist Chi Cheng, Bamboo Parachute, a collection of twenty-five of his poems. "These are my reflections on life, and hopefully they'll be applicable to everybody intrinsically," Cheng says of the material.

Priced at under eight dollars, half of the proceeds will go to homeless teens and WEAVE, a Sacramento-based non-profit agency specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and victim assistance.

The Deftones will kick off their summer tour with Godsmack on July 12th.

Written by JEAN GISMERVIK for News

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