Deftones

Memorable TV Performances: Deftones on Conan O’Brien 1998

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Back in 1998, Deftones were riding high on their second album Around The Fur (my all time favorite Deftones album). By the time their second single “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” dropped, Deftones were fast on their way to begin taking over. On April 20, 1998, they performed “Be Quiet and Drive” on Late Night with Conan O’Brien before heading out on the Vans Warped Tour (back when they still had great lineups). Check out this great performance!

 

Deftones- Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away) on Conan O’Brien 1998:

 

 

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Title Tracks: Deftones

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Deftones have a long history of making quite complete albums. There are a couple that are a little disjointed but, for the most part are rather perfectly sequenced. Their artistry and evolution is something that many bands from their era should have taken a cue from. They’ve managed to stay relevant by pushing themselves as songwriters and performers as well as incorporating other elements into their sound to separate themselves from their peers. On these few title track songs, Deftones, really encapsulated the sound of these albums with these songs.

Deftones- Around The Fur:

 

Deftones- Diamond Eyes:

 

Deftones- Gore:

 

Alternate Versions: Deftones- Be Quiet and Drive (acoustic)

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The other day while I was reading my daily music news, I came across an article that went into detail about the making of the “acoustic” version of the Deftones song “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away). In the article, it was mentioned by DJ Crook, who made the “remix” version, that he was originally sent a cassette with vocals and guitar of Chino and Far singer Jonah Matranga. Crook then said “All I had at the time was this drum machine (8 yrs old at the time) and a tascam 4-track cassette recorder (10 yrs old at the time). I tapped out the tempo of the song and laid out the beat and recorded it on the other free tracks directly on the cassette they sent me. It magically stayed in sync. I dumped that down to another cassette and sent it back to them.”  Needless to say the end result was something quite different than the original and it gave the song a totally different vibe. I’ve always dug on this version. It also happens to be the first Deftones song I ever learned to play. I still go ape shit when they play it live too. It’s such a great song. Anyways, enjoy this alternate version!

 

Deftones- Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) “Acoustic”:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Guitarist: Stephen Carpenter of Deftones

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There are many guitarists out there that have such a signature sound that, when you hear it you know just who is playing. Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter is one of those guitarists. His style is undeniable and it works across many different bands and their material. So, with that in mind, here are a few of the jams Stephen has lent his playing to over the years.

 

Will Haven- El Sol (from Muerte):

 

 
Chimaira- Rizzo (from Pass Out Of Existence):

 

 
Linkin Park- By Myslf (from Reanimation):

 

 
Non-Phixion- The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me (from The Future Is Now):

 

 
Far- Savory (Jawbox Cover…. from Soon):

 

 
Tech N9ne- If I Could (from All 6’s and 7’s):

 

Memorable TV Performances: Jawbox on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009

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Way back in 2009, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, there was a very awesome one off reunion on his show. The band Jawbox had reunited for a quick performance to promote a reissue of their major label debut, For Your Own Special Sweetheart. During this spot, the band played the standout track “Savory.” It’s worth noting too that (if you don’t know), Deftones and Far’s Jonah Matranga did a great cover of this song.  Following this one off, there were no other shows announced or anything. I bring all this up now because, after 20 years, Jawbox has announced their first full tour in so many years.

 
Jawbox- Savory (on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon):

 

 
Deftones w/ Jonah Matranga of Far- Savory Cover:

 

 

 

Jawbox 2019 Tour Dates:
June 14 – Cambridge, MA @ Sinclair
June 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
June 22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
June 28 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
July 9 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
July 10 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
July 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
July 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
July 19 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
July 20 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
July 26 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

New Release: Chino Moreno (Deftones)- Brief Exchange

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There is a soundtrack/compilation being put out by DC Comics for their upcoming Dark Nights series. Composer Tyler Bates, who you might know from doing the music for Guardians of the Galaxy, Californication as well as working with Marilyn Manson on his The Pale Emperor album, is at the helm for this project. Chino has contributed to this soundtrack with one hell of a song called Brief Exchange. It’s badass. I seriously hope that Chino takes some of this style with him to the writing sessions for the new Deftones album.

It’s worth noting too that Brann Dailor, the drummer and one of the vocalists from Mastodon has also contributed to this soundtrack as well. His song is pretty badass too.

 

Chino Moreno- Brief Exchange:

 

Brann Dailor (of Mastodon)- Red Death:

End Of Album Songs: Deftones

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I’m sure a lot of you have noticed through your music listening experiencing how impactful some bands end of album songs are. Certain bands really have a knack of putting “that” song as the last song and creating a visceral experience. One band I’ve noticed over the years that have really embraced the end of album song is Deftones. Not so much on Adrenaline but from Around The Fur onwards they really know how to end their albums.

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