Deftones’ Chino Moreno Talks Crosses Project

Chino Moreno

In my opinion, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno can do no wrong. I love everything he’s done with Deftones, every song he’s guested on, and even his Team Sleep side project. So news of yet a new side project — with Shaun Lopez of Far fame, no less — makes my loins dance.

Chino told my buddy — and Noisecreep scribe — Jon Wiederhorn that the new project is called Crosses and that work continues on that band’s debut disc.

“Shaun [has] been a good friend of mine since we were kids,” said Moreno. “He’s my neighbor and we’ve done stuff together before. But just recently, during these little breaks that [Deftones has] had, we’ve been recording this real minimal project where it’s just me and him and another buddy of mine, Scott Chuck, and we’re just writing these little pieces of music, whether it starts with piano or some down tempo beats.”

Moreno emphasized that “it’s really minimal and soothing and it’s sort of like the stuff I like listening to when I’m not screaming my head off. The tentative name for the project is Crosses and we have 16 tracks that are almost done. We’ll usually work four or five hours a day. I’ll go over to Shaun’s and sing a bunch of stuff and we’ll edit some stuff together. I’ll just write lyrics really quickly and it’ll be done.”

Crosses have no planned gigs or releases scheduled yet. “We might release a series of EPs on our own on the Net. I don’t want to talk about it at all — which I’m doing right now. The main thing about it is, I don’t want to hype it up and give people all these expectations. To me, that’s what made Team Sleep so hard to do. It was supposed to be this underground thing that would happen whenever, and it developed so much hype around it that it kind of ruined the whole thing for me. Our idea for this is to just put it out there and whoever likes it, cool.”

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.