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Deftones Start Recording New Album Without Chino Moreno

But the singer will be there soon, is "excited" to hear the latest songs

It’s no secret that Chino Moreno has been busy. The Deftones frontman has his † † † (Crosses) band, which he discussed recently with SPIN. And while that project had enough time to hit Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently, his other group Palms released a NSFW video for “Mission Sunset” just in time to lovingly ruin Valentine’s Day. But the man’s second band just wrapped the Soundwave Festival in Australia, and during a backstage interview, Moreno revealed his first band (the Deftones, if you’re lost) is recording new material in his absence. Don’t worry — he’s totally cool with that.

“The other guys started last week — I’m excited to hear what they’ve done so far,” he said in a video from SoundwaveFestTV (via Rolling Stone). “We don’t plan on what kind of record we’re going to make. We react to each other — one guy starts playing something then the other guy reacts to it, and the other guys react to that. Next thing we know, we have a song. I think that’s the best, organic way to write music. It’s worked for us over the years.”

The band’s forthcoming album and follow-up to 2012’s Koi No Yokan will also be their first since the death of founding bassist Chi Cheng, who passed away last April four years after a car accident left him paralyzed and comatose. Watch Moreno’s interview from the Aussie festival below.