Deftones Treat Fans To Intimate Show In LA, Debut New Song

By Zachary Swickey

LOS ANGELES – Few rock bands that emerged during the ’90s nu-metal phase still exist today and practically none have the amount of respect and admiration the Deftones receive from their musical peers. Countless bands cite the Sacramento-based group as a big influence on their music.

Saturday night (July 28) the Deftones stopped by the Troubadour in Los Angeles – an incredibly tiny, sweaty 300-capacity club – to perform their first proper show in nearly a year and their only solo date before heading out on a co-headlining amphitheater tour with System of a Down prior to their new, still-untitled album dropping on October 9. SOAD drummer John Dolmayan and bassist Shavo Odadjian were both in attendance, enjoying the set alongside Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato.

The Deftones took no time dusting off the cobwebs as they erupted straight into “Rocket Skates” – one of the heavier numbers off their last release, 2010’s Diamond Eyes – with fans chanting along to frontman Chino Moreno’s every note, scream and shrill as he shouted, “Guns! Razors! Knives!”

After the title track from their last effort, fans got their first taste of nostalgia with the ’Tones’ classic ’98 tracks “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away).”

A highlight of the night was the band world premiering a new song, “Roller Derby,” live. The tune kicks right in and even features a hand clap-friendly moment, which has up until now been absent in Deftones material. It’s definitely one of their more rapid-fire, maniacal numbers with some excellent tricky drum work courtesy of Abe Cunningham – not to mention Stephen Carpenter’s sludgy guitar and Sergio Vega’s dirty bass line on the track.

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