Following nearly a decade in hibernation, the much anticipated new album from Team Sleep arrives today. This project features Chino Moreno, frontman for the Sacramento-born Deftones, along with a cast of local musicians including DJ Crook and guitarist Todd Wilkinson and Rick Verrett on keyboards. Team Sleep circa 2015 is rounded out with drummer Gil Sharone (Marilyn Manson, Dillinger Escape Plan) and Chuck Doom, who plays bass in Moreno’s successful side project Crosses.
While the Deftones’ career has remained constant, Team Sleep has operated as a slow burning side project since the late 1990s. The group has just a 2005 self-titled album to its credit, but it’s moody and dynamic music remains a favorite detour for Deftones fans and aficionados of alternative rock with electronic influences. News of Team Sleep’s new album, “Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4,” has been covered by Rolling Stone and Vice, among other national media.
The album features live re-workings of songs from Team Sleep’s debut album and early demos, including expansive versions of “Your Skull is Red” and “(Ever) Foreign Flag.”
“It was definitely an intense situation,” said Moreno, in a phone call from his Oregon home. “We were playing in front of people where everyone was sitting in chairs, literally an arm’s reach in front of us. All of our senses were heightened.”
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Team Sleep is also planning to play a show in Oregon this weekend, featuring a stripped down trio of Moreno, Wilkinson and Doom. As for other shows, that’s all up in the air right now. Moreno is gearing up for a summer co-headlining tour with Incubus, and will also be in Sacramento on Oct. 25 at the Monster Energy Aftershock Festival. Moreno says he recently wrapped up the recording of vocals for Deftones’ upcoming album, which is expected in the fall.
We’ll have more about Team Sleep and Deftones soon in The Bee. In the meantime, check Vice for a Q&A with Moreno and a stream of “Your Skull is Red” from “Woodstock Sessions Vol. 4.”