You know what I love more than writing, music!
I love all kinds of music. I listen to mostly rock but I’m not opposed to other genres of music. It also depends on what mood I’m in. I’m very lucky in the sense that my parents are twenty years apart because it impacted what music I heard when I was a kid.
At my dad’s house it was Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Disturbed and Ozzy.
When I was at home it was the Beatles, Queen, Journey and Meatloaf.
Both were still in the genre of rock but, very different sounds. So I became a mixture of the two. Then came the 90’s Spice Girls and boy band phase, which I still love to this day and will blast it for anyone to hear.
But once I turned about 11 or 12 I started listening to bands like Korn, Staind and Linkin Park and fell in love with that Nu Metal genre of mixing rap and rock. There was another band, Deftones, that were a part of that genre. I wasn’t familiar with them until I heard their song Change (In the House of Flies), in a movie.
I know it’s lame to say oh yeah I started listening to that band because of that one song that EVERYONE knows, but it’s true. I put that song on every mp3 or IPod I owned up until I was 18 or 19. That’s when I started looking into other songs and listening to all of their albums.
I started with Adrenaline, which came out in 1995. I remember hearing the opening of the song “Bored” and just the chug of the guitar and thinking oh this is going to be some heavy shit, which was fine by me because that’s what I was listening to at the time. But then the voice didn’t match, it was breathy and elongated every word to give me time to think about what I was listening to. It’s true what people say, you don’t listen to Deftones, you experience them.
I’m not going to lie, I didn’t love every song off that album. I listened to Bored, 7 Words, Lifter and One Weak but the whole album wasn’t a winner for me, at the time.
Their next album Around the Fur, which came out in 1997 is where I really became obsessed with them. I remember hearing My Own Summer (Shove It) on the radio when I was a kid but I was too young to appreciate it.
I’ll start with my favorite song on the album which probably isn’t as well known as My Own Summer and Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away). It’s the last song on the album MX/Damone.
Just listen to it, it’s amazing. It’s my favorite song to listen to when I feel like bringing out my inner stripper hahaha! It’s a very visual song too because you have this back and forth between a guy and a woman and while I’m listening to it I can picture this kind of push and pull between the two. I don’t know, it’s one of my favorite songs.
This whole album is pretty solid in my opinion but the songs that I love the most are Around the Fur, Mascara, Lotion, Rickets, Headup (which has an awesome backstory) and Lhabia.
Okay so choosing my favorite Deftones album is hard but, I love White Pony. I love every single song on the album so, I’m going say that’s my favorite Deftones album, so far. I think I love this album the most because I love story telling and this album does a lot of that.
Feiticeira, Digital Bath, and Passenger I feel like, in opinion, are very story based and I think that’s why they are my absolute favorites off the album. Elite is just so hard hitting from the beginning and it has some of my favorite lyrics in a song ever.
“You’re into depression
‘Cause it matches your eyes”
To me those lyrics mean if you look into someone’s eyes, you can see how unhappy they are and that really hits me in the feels as the kids say.
I feel like a bad fan for saying this but I didn’t like the self titled album Deftones and the next album Saturday Night Wrist the first time I listened to it. It took a few times for me to enjoy the album the same way I did with White Pony and Around the Fur. Hands down, no question about it, my favorite song is Hexagram off the self titled album which came out in 2003. That song has some of the best screaming I have ever heard in my life. It’s so raw and it gives me goosebumps thinking about it.
Another song on that album that is hard hitting in the same way Hexagram is, When Girls Telephone Boys. I just love the chorus of that song so much because there are people that I’ve just wanted to shout at and say
“Something’s wrong with you
Well I hope we never do meet again”
It’s so simple but so powerful at the same time.
This album has some really beautifully written songs with just amazing lyrics. Minerva, Good Morning Beautiful and Lucky You, just have this calming effect on me when I listen to them. But like I said, it took me a while to really get into this album and their next one.
Saturday Night Wrist, at first, was my least favorite Deftones album.It came out in 2006. I only listened to Mein and RatsRatsRats because, the other songs didn’t appeal to me. I didn’t even listen to the whole album at first. But then Kimdracula came on my Pandora station and I listened carefully to the lyrics
“I really wish these snakes were your arms
I, I really wish you’d make up your mind”
I don’t really remember what was going on at that time but for some reason I really resonated with those lyrics. Then I looked up what album it was on and I listened to more songs off the album.
That’s when I discovered another amazing song from that album, Cherry Waves. I feel like that song should be about a relationship but it fits for more than just that in my opinion. To me, it reminded me of toxic people that were in my life and how they kept dragging me down. But when I was the one drowning they didn’t want to help me.
“If like you should sink down beneath, I’ll swim down,
That song is so inspiring to me and I put it on just let my mind wander. I love it.
Their next album Diamond Eyes (2010) is what I would recommend people listen to first to get a good idea of what Deftones “sound” like. It has a mixture of the soft, (Diamond Eyes, Sextape, Beauty School) the heavy (Rocket Skates, CMND/CTRL, Prince) and my personal favorite You’ve Seen the Butcher. That music video should be labeled porn because of how hot it is. Just the lyrics alone are sexually charged but then I watched the music video and needed a cold shower afterward hahaha, is that too much information?
I’m sorry but when a song begins with the lyrics,
“Don’t wanna take it slow
I wanna take you home
And watch the world explode
From underneath your glow”
“I wanna watch the way…
You creep across my skull…”
You know what you’re in for.
So again if you want to listen to Deftones, start with Diamond Eyes because in my opinion it has the most Deftones-y sound.
Koi No Yokan (2012) has such a unique sound and I think it really shows how Deftones have evolved but also kept true to their nature. Swerve City and Tempest are my two favorites to listen to when I want that classic Deftones sound. Leathers is a recent favorite of mine because of these lyrics,
“Shedding your skin,
Showing your texture.
Time to let everything inside show.
You’re cutting all ties
Now and forever, time to let
Everything outside you
Shed your casing, show your lines
It’s a song that reminds me of how good it can be to let go of people or the person I was. It’s a very freeing song. I think this album in particular carries that theme through out it.
And now we’ve come to the most recent album, Gore. I know a lot of people didn’t like the newest Deftones album. They said it wasn’t heavy enough and that they were starting to sound more indie and less rock, well I disagree. Gore is in my list for my favorite albums of all time. It might be weird to say but I love the names of the songs on this album. Is it a lot more mellow than previous albums, yes but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t it doesn’t freaking rock.
It started off slow for me with Prayers/ Triangles but that is such a catchy song. The lyrics on this album are so weird but, interesting to me. I found out not long after buying the album that they were going to be playing nearby. I knew I had to see them and I did with my best friend, who has a very different taste in music than I do but still agreed to go with me.
I wrote about my first Deftones concert for a class two semesters ago but to sum it up, it was awesome, I was close enough to touch Chino when they played Gore and it cemented my love for them. So every time I listen to Gore I can picture that night and that’s why it’s my favorite song off the album.
This was a long ass post but I really love Deftones and I love writing about them. I think anyone can listen to at least one of their albums and find a song they like. Since the concert, I’ve been listening to them every single day at least once a day.
I’m seeing them on the 17th of June for my birthday with my dad (with Rise Against another fav) so I’ll probably write about that too.
Here’s some picture I took from that night, which was one of the greatest nights and one of the greatest concerts I’ve ever been too. And I’ve been to a lot of concerts (I’ll write about that sometime too) All photos were taken by me and I have/had very shaky hands lol