Deftones frontman Chino Moreno is next in line to get involved in a supergroup.
Moreno, who has also been involved with other side projects like Crosses, Palms and Team Sleep, will now front the supergroup Saudade. Saudade will also feature Bad Brains guitarist Dr. Know, former Bad Brains and current Cro-Mags drummer Maxwell “Mackie” Jayson, jazz keyboardist John Medeski and Moreno’s Crosses/Team Sleep bandmate bassist Chuck Doom.
The band released their first single, also titled “Saudade.” The track is a four-minute-and-some-change instrumental that can be downloaded for free through BitTorrent Bundle. Curious music fans can also unlock the music video by sharing an email address.
Moreno started his music career when he formed the Deftones in 1988 with high school friends Abe Cunningham (drums) and Stephen Carpenter (guitar). Moreno has seen some highs and lows during his career. In 2001, Moreno and the Deftones won a Grammy for Best Metal Performance for their song “Elite,” off the band’s certified platinum third studio album White Pony.
In that same year, Moreno suffered inflammation on his right vocal cord and partial paralysis of the left vocal cord while on tour with Godsmack. Against doctor’s orders, Moreno sang the softer melodies of the lyrics while bassist Chi Cheng performed the screaming parts of each song so the band didn’t have to cancel the remaining shows on the tour.
In November 2008, while working on what would’ve been the Deftones sixth studio album titled Eros, bassist Chi Cheng was severely injured in an automobile accident, leaving him in a partially conscious state until his death more than four years later in April 2013. To this date, the band has no desire to finish the album.
The Deftones would later recruit Sergio Vega to replace Cheng on bass and release the album Diamond Eyes in 2010.