DEFTONES have scrapped "Lovers" as the title for their much-anticipated fourth full-length album, due in the spring through Maverick Records.
"The thing is that 'Lovers' was the title for a while, but not now because we've had a lot of fun watching it get reported everywhere," drummer Abe Cunningham told Kerrang! magazine. "But it's cool that people are so interested in the title."
With regards to the musical direction of the follow-up to 2000's "White Pony", vocalist Chino Moreno said, "I think we're making a record where we don't have to say nothing about it. I don't want to have to talk about this record, what it sounds like, what influenced it, or what previous record of ours it sounds like. It's just one of those records that wont need any explaining. You're just gonna hear it. You're going to need to just listen to it and figure it out for yourself."
"With every record, there's always so much more that I don't want to do, so I'm constantly stopping myself from going in a direction that seems expected or familiar," Moreno added. "I'll just start all over again. It makes the process a little longer, but it always makes for a better record, I think. I try to keep myself from getting comfortable, because I think that when you get comfortable, you get boring."
"I know that a lot of people are always expecting just a little bit more than what we've done before. They always will, and they always should. I do from the people who make music that I like."
DEFTONES also revealed that will not be playing any new material on their upcoming Australian tour in an effort to keep the new songs from being widely bootlegged prior to their official release, a problem they had previously encountered with the material featured on "White Pony".
"I do want to wait for this album to be completely finished, and then start working on the songs live," Moreno said. "We totally want to play them, but we don't want to rush into things."