So where are you guys at with the next Team Sleep album?
Well, my initial plan was to come off of Deftones and release a Team Sleep record and do some touring on that, but Deftones stuff picked right back up when we got home in August the next month we started showing up at rehearsals and started writing music again, so obviously, that being my priority, I just picked that right back up. And then I decided that since Im not gonna try to squeeze in a Team Sleep record between this cycle, I figured Id at least do some shows, and were talking about releasing some free viral EPs.
Thats pretty cool.
Since the last time we toured, everybodys been writing music, and we trade files over the Net and pretty much create the songs that way. Theres no overhead for it. Its not like weve spent a bunch of money in a studio recording, so why not just give it out for free? Hopefully, at the end of this next Deftones touring cycle, well actually have time to dedicate to Team Sleep, where well be able to go into a studio and do a proper full-length album.
Your desire to tour with Team Sleep a few years ago caused a pretty big rift in Deftones.
Yeah, that was part of it. I think now Im better at following through and explaining stuff to people and planning things out. The last time, I just kinda bounced out in the middle of making the Deftones record, and I think at that point I was overwhelmed with what we were doing. We had already worked a year and a half on the record in the studio, and we were writing it all in there, and I was so overwhelmed with songs and parts and files . . . I just wanted to get away, and I did. And it was a trying time it was one of the hardest times of our existence as a band and our friendships and everything for me to take off, everybody was pretty upset. Me, I didnt think it was the coolest thing to do, but deep down, I needed to do it. And when I got back after six months, I totally could see everything in a different light and I was totally recharged.
So youve found a better balance between everything now?
Yeah. And also, at that time in my life, it was a real downer -- I was getting a divorce.
Sorry to dredge all that up again.
No, its cool. Its reality, is what it is. Thats the way shit was at the time. Todays a brighter day!
(Monster in the Machine, and Sonny are also scheduled to perform at the event).
Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 2007