Finally, after more than five years of anticipation, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and his side project known as TEAM SLEEP have announced the release date for their debut album. The date has been set for May 10, 2005 - mark your calendars. Maverick Records, which the Deftones reside at, heard early demos from TEAM SLEEP and signed them in 2001. The tentative release date had been set for 2001 as well, but after rough copies of songs were leaked onto the internet and a couple tracks received airplay, the band had to reevaluate itself. Despite the setback, the band continued to work on new material and has been mixing it throughout the past couple years while keeping their day jobs with other groups.
"By summer 2004, TEAM SLEEP was recorded [produced by Terry Date, Ross Robinson, Greg Wells and Team Sleep], mixed and the finishing touches complete."
Moreno's Deftones have also been working on a new, soon-to-be-released album. Unlike the type of hard rock that Deftones have trademarked over the last decade, expect a softer, more ethereal release from the guys in TEAM SLEEP. For those of you who are like myself, and already have the unmastered album that was leaked to the net in 2001, you probably have some idea of what to expect from these guys. I'm definitely looking forward to a trippy, chilled out album from Chino and the gang - it's been years in the making, so be sure to pick this one up.