Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Deftones guitarist didn't want to play on new album: "It wasn't the style or the sound I was hoping we would take"

Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter was recently interviewed by Ultimate Guitar, you can read some excerpts below. Are there any songs or guitar parts on the new record "Gore" that you're really proud of or really excited for the fans to hear?

Stephen: Oh, god. I think my proudest thing about my guitar playing on this record is just playing on the record, because I didn't want to play on the record to begin with. It wasn't until way later once I actually got into it. I look at all the songs on the record and they were all a challenge for me to get into. What do you think that barrier was for you?

Stephen: I don't know. 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 just metal. So, you were saying that you were having a hard time getting into playing on this new album. Why do you think that was?

Stephen: When we were coming up with 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. It wasn't what I was expecting or wanting. That says a lot about you seeing yourself as part of a band and going in the direction of the band. It's unselfish.

Stephen: Yeah, I hear ya. My band is going one direction and I am going another one currently. That's not saying that you're going to leave the Deftones, is it?

Stephen: I would never leave the band that I started, but the band started leaving me. I can't control that. That's a democratic way to look at it, really.

Stephen: 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 just don't agree with it.