Stephen Carpenter has spent a small chunk of the last year of so sharing some killer playthrough videos of selected Deftones tracks. Now he’s unveiled his latest, a run-down of Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away).
The song, taken from 1997’s Around The Fur, is perhaps the quintessential Deftones track: capturing all of the creeping anxiety, monumental riffing and catharsis that immediately set the band apart from the 'rawk' pack upon its release in the late-90s.
It’s not the first track we’ve heard Carpenter demo from Around The Fur. The guitarist has seemed to pick and choose tracks from his extensive catalogue at random, but has been playing older material in recent months. Most notably My Own Summer (Shove It), which he dropped last month and Bored, from 1995’s Adrenaline, back in July.
While most of the previous clips seem to have been recorded in a more makeshift home space (understandable given, you know, the plague), the last few have been taped at a more luxuriously equipped space, showing off a bit more of Carpenter’s rig in the process.
In the most recent videos, Carpenter is playing the gold, seven-string ESP Custom he had built (around 2018, we think), known as Goldie.
Then there’s the rack units. We’ve spotted a Fractal Axe-Fx II, Marshall JMP-1, Rocktron Intellifex Multi-FX, a tray of stompboxes (including a Strymon Big Sky and Timeline) and two Fryette Two/Fifty/Two power amps in the rack.
And that’s a very nice wall of Sound City SC412 and SC212 speakers, in case you were in any doubt.
Back in summer Deftones once again postponed their North American dates with Gojira moving them to April 2022, so we’ll take all the playthroughs we can get in the meantime...