Deftones' Moreno Collaborating With Mogwai

Subtle Scottish quartet asks burly aggro-rocker to sing on unfinished track.

Move over, Eminem and Elton — the latest unlikely collaboration is between post-rockers Mogwai and Deftones frontman Chino Moreno.

The subtle Scottish quartet asked the burly aggro-rocker to contribute vocals to an unfinished track they recorded while working on their album Rock Action, scheduled for an April 24 release. Problem is, Moreno isn't sure what they're looking for.

"They sent me the track and I haven't yet finished it, because I'm waiting for them to give me a call and let me know exactly what they want," Moreno said on Friday.

"It's really slow, three-piece type of stuff," he said of the song. "It's really good."

Despite his rugged veneer, Moreno is a confessed softie who first expressed his fondness for the gentle Glaswegians when the two groups shared a stage in England a few years ago. Recently, Mogwai returned the compliment, resulting in the offer to collaborate.

"We were playing some show," Moreno began. "I think it was a festival or something, and one of the guys from the band came up to me [because] I had said something in a magazine [about how] I had liked the band.

"He just started talking to me about music, and then he sent me a track and asked me for the vocals on it," he continued. "To me, that's the best part about being in a band: when bands you admire actually [want] you to contribute [to] their work. I'm excited about that.

"Hopefully I get to actually do it. I hope I didn't miss the deadline."

Another obstacle is in Moreno's way: what to do with the tape itself.

"I don't know if they want me to send it to them or what," he said. "They only sent me a DAT of the music. I don't know if they want me to record over that."