Abe Cunningham of Deftones reflects on two decades of rock and roll
Deftones have another hit album on their hands.
“Gore,” the new record from the Sacramento-born rock band, entered the Billboard 200 charts at No. 2, making it the band’s highest charting effort since 2003’s “Deftones.” According to Billboard, “Gore” sold 71,000 units – a combined measurement of physical albums and streamed albums – in the week after its April 8 release.
Folk-rockers The Lumineers earned the top spot in Billboard’s chart ranking of best-selling albums, with 125,000 units.
Deftones’ chart performance reflects a band that’s remained commercially and critically relevant for nearly three decades. “Gore” received a solid 3 1/2 -star review from Rolling Stone, and an A- grade from Consequence of Sound, which described Deftones as “perhaps the most important rock band in the world.”
The music industry has meanwhile grappled with an overall decline in album sales in the digital music age, from 785 million in total album sales in 2000 to 241 million in 2015. The album charts are now seeing artists hit the top 10 with much fewer albums sold compared with decades ago. Sacramento’s Cake set a record in 2011 by topping the Billboard 200 with the fewest albums sold – 44,000 copies of “Showroom of Compassion.”
Deftones’ strongest-selling debut, 2000’s “White Pony,” sold 177,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts. Overall, Deftones have sold more than 3 million albums in the United States over the band’s career.
Deftones helped inaugurate “Gore” with an April 12 appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and will launch a national tour May 8. The band is booked for an Aug. 26 show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. So far, it’s the closest Deftones will be performing to its native Sacramento stomping grounds.