Formed by three childhood friends from Sacramento, California, Deftones is a musical force of nature as unpredictable as the weather itself. Within five years of forming, the band signed with major label Maverick Records and set off on a multi-decade musical rollercoaster with as many highs, lows, twists, and turns as any hard rock band in history. Having built an insatiable fan base by literally spending years on the road, it’s this same fan base that has benefitted the most for believing in “their band.” These fans have been reaping the benefits of sonic landscapes such as “Around The Fur,” “White Pony,” and “Saturday Night Wrist” all the while embracing any side collaborations only seemed to strengthen the Deftones family. Their latest, ‘Gore’ (Reprise) was released in April of 2016 and it shows the band can still explore the unchartered with the best of them. We caught up with the band during their appearance at the 2016 edition of Riot Fest.
Fret Twelve welcomes Deftones Co-Founder Guitarist Stephen Carpenter to ‘The Sound and the Story.’