Team Sleep Likely Done, Deftones Singer Says

Label interference led to loss of interest in project, Chino Moreno reveals

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This is sort of a bummer, seeing as I was way into Team Sleep’s debut disc.

But, really, how many bands can Chino Moreno be in?

We’ve already got his voice in the Deftones, Crosses, and Palms, which boasts Isis members to boot. I guess I can live without a new album from Team Sleep.

Moreno tells Spin the band has “faded away,” and that label meddling was the culprit.

“That project in particular was really just this under-the-radar, lo-fi thing — the record itself was really just recorded on a four-track. At the time, Maverick was like, ‘The only way you’re going to put this out is if you put it out through us.’ They ended up taking it, but they started trying to control it.

“That was coming off the White Pony record, which was Deftones‘ most successful record. So they were like, ‘Well, you can’t just put this demo quality-sounding stuff out.” They shut me down right there — they were like, “You need to go in with this producer….’ I kind of tried it a little bit, we tried re-cutting the record.

“Through all that, it sort of took the wind out of the sails for me for that project. Which eventually led to me losing interest in it, sad as it is, because I really love playing with those guys, and they’re still my great buddies. It just stopped being fun and eventually faded away, and I went back to making Deftones records.

“When they re-negotiated our deal with the label, I said the only way I’d re-sign with Warner Bros. is if I can make other music. I am fulfilled by Deftones, but I don’t like the idea of knowing that I can’t do it if I want to. Like, the Palms record.

“Those dudes recorded an instrumental record and gave it to me and said, ‘Hey, put some vocals on it.’ And I did. It was simple as that. It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna start this other band, I’m gonna market it….’ It was just a fun project with my friends who I hang out with all the time.”

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