DEFTONES Guitarist: 'It's Good To Get Through All Of That Negativity That We Went Through'

Launch Radio Networks reports: DEFTONES release their fifth album today (Tuesday, October 31), called "Saturday Night Wrist". The disc took over two years to make and was such a difficult project that it nearly broke up the 15-year-old band. Tensions especially flared when singer Chino Moreno took time off to focus on his side project, TEAM SLEEP. Guitarist Stephen Carpenter told Launch the wait was frustrating both for the band and its fans: "You run into some fans here and there, you know, and they're like, 'Hey, when's it coming out?' And I'm always like, 'Well, ask Chino, he's the one that's taking so long.' Talk to kids on MySpace and they're like, 'When's it coming out,' you know. And it's a pleasure to have it finished and get going on it now, you know. It's been good to get to the end of it, you know, and get through all of that negativity that we went through."

DEFTONES began work on the disc with PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER and JANE'S ADDICTION producer Bob Ezrin, but that relationship did not pan out and the band parted ways with Ezrin in the midst of recording.

"Saturday Night Wrist" follows DEFTONES' self-titled 2003 album and includes the new single "Hole in the Earth".

The group will be featured on the Family Values Tour 2006 CD and DVD, which are both due out on December 26.

DEFTONES began a headlining U.S. tour last week and plays this Thursday (November 2) in Seattle. The band recently added new dates in five cities, including a second night in Los Angeles on November 10, a Las Vegas show on November 11, a San Antonio stop on November 18, a Boston gig on December 1 and a New York concert on December 5.

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