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Team Sleep originated as Chino Moreno’s idea to create a softer, moody side project from his mainstay, Deftones. Originally, the song “Teenager” (released in 2000 on the Deftones record “White Pony”) was meant to be a Team Sleep song. DJ Crook, a long-time friend and roommate of Frank Delgado, had done the beats on Teenager. Chino Moreno decided to start Team Sleep with DJ Crook, and Chino’s childhood friend, Todd Wilkinson. To date, Zach Hill and Rick Verrett have been added to the permanent roster as drummer and bassist.

Team Sleep performed a number of live shows on the United States’ west coast in late 2001 and early 2002 with Todd Wilkinson, Dan Elkan (Pocket For Corduroy), Sonny Mayugba (Phallucy), Zach Hill (Hella), Rick Verrett (Tinfed) and DJ Crook handling instrumentation.

“We were never going to make a record, or start a band,” adds Wilkinson, “I was just sitting at home, playing guitar, and I started recording some stuff. It was never about trying to play shows, record in a studio, or anything of that sort. It was just bumming around. I had never been in a band, and I never wanted to be—we were just friends.”

It was rumored that Mike Patton (Fantômas, Faith No More) and Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, ex-Smashing Pumpkins) would be involved in recording sessions. While Mike Patton did indeed contribute vocals to the track “Kool-aid Party”, this song did not make it to the album. Due to contractual obligations, any material Team Sleep releases will be through Maverick Records.


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  • PutridBastard

    This is nice better than Crosses.

    20 Jun 6:43pm Reply
  • prime1128

    @lipwreck It would make sense at this point, considering how prolific Chino has been recently. A new Team Sleep album would be awesome.

    25 May 9:11pm Reply
  • p-hop

    Your Skull Is Red is amazing. Not a huge fan of Deftones, but that pulls all the elements I really like and cranks them up to 10.

    14 May 6:55am Reply
  • moatilliatta12

    Zach Hill.

    4 May 10:18pm Reply
  • d-f-i

    Team Sleep and White Pony = the best from Chino

    19 Apr 12:23am Reply
  • francisbrands

    You can't expect much of a project called Team Sleep when the subject is "novelty".

    20 Feb 1:32am Reply
  • maggit

    @lipwreck Chino said he's taking a break from Deftones for 2014 to contrate on Crosses. Not likely, unfortunately.

    14 Feb 5:57pm Reply
  • lipwreck

    calling it. team sleep album in 2014

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • comochocapic

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • uncloaked

    Those great videos on youtube that someone made for some of the Team Sleep songs were deleted...why!?! can't find them anywhere else

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • milta

    dark ambient. chillout. bangs hip hop. whats this?

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Dis_Con_Nec_Ted

    The self-titled has some really outstanding songs; some of the best Chino's been part of. Wondering what's the next we're gonna hear from him regarding new Team Sleep material and/or Eros. Probably the latter!, strangely enough.

    22 Sep 2013 Reply
  • EmiliaQue

    Chino Moreno <3 Team Sleep coooooool

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lipwreck

    cannot wait for new music

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Rock-A-Rolla

    Chino Moreno/Palms are on the cover of the latest issue of Rock-A-Rolla! Check it out here:

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • maggit

    I wish they'd record something new. The self-titled was a really good album.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • agacinco

    After Team Sleep, everything else Chino does is a side-product

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bigkajamma

    I like Crosses and TS, I may even like Crosses a little more. Palms is also really good

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    I remember listening to TS nonstop during my highschool days. Hope a new album finally comes out, though I'd like to get Eros first.

    20 May 2013 Reply
  • EmiliaQue

    'Apacito, Chino Moreno. Awwwn

    16 May 2013 Reply
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