At the end of the 1990s, Deftones had learned to trust themselves. After releasing debut album Adrenaline and follow-up Around The Fur, they saw the culture of complaint and stupidity in mainstream rock, and decided not to follow.
They didn't necessarily know what they wanted to do, but with White Pony, they followed their shared instincts towards textures and exploration, ending up with a record that's occasionally still called 'the Kid A of metal'. Now, 20 years later, the album is being celebrated with an anniversary reissue, which includes all-new music too!
"We were sort of trucking along in our own way," says drummer Abe Cunningham. "As a human on Earth, there was a little bit of millennial apprehension, like, what's gonna happen? But nothing: It went 2000, 2001, 2002… and now COVID-19!"
"I was probably 26 years old when when we recorded White Pony," says Chino Moreno. "Pretty young and full of life. That record pretty much mirrors that time. We were pretty wild. We spent half the time working in Sausalito, living on houseboats out there. Every day was pretty much an adventure."
Chino, along with Abe and Frank Delgado have just held a global press conference to reflect on the White Pony era and upcoming reissue. Here are 13 things we learned…