« … J’ai un peu aidé les Deftones sur leur mythique White Pony. »
C’est un peu ce qu’expliquait hier Maynard James Keenan pour le compte des 20 ans de « White Pony ». Le groupe continuant de fêter les 20 ans du disque, on a de plus en plus de témoignages autour de la sortie de l’album (dont un gros article sur Revolver). Et cette fois, Maynard James Keenan est revenu plus en détails sir son implication. Poussant les membres du groupe à expérimenter, les aidant dans leur blocage, allant même jusqu’à s’effacer car ayant été trop présent ou à passer pour un sacré hippie !
« I was told the guys were having a bit of writer’s block or some turmoil within the band. Who knows? They certainly weren’t going to discuss that with me, an almost total stranger. [They were] very strong-willed gents. Dare I say stubborn. …Up to that point, they seemed to have been able to navigate through their differences in ideas and approaches. Great first efforts. The evidence is all there. I felt like they just needed a bit of new perspective. I had them each switch instruments, play on the bowls, take one loop and try some improvisation. The look on their faces was priceless. I might as well have been wearing hippie beads and bunny ears. I could just feel Stephen thinking, ‘What kind of acid-trip crap is this?
I think that that’s a possibility that we will have an abundance of music and we will have an abundance of stuff that we really dig that we can release to the public while we are still in this muck.
I stuck around long enough for them to start itching to not have me around. Eventually, it was time for me to let them be. The result of my interruption was for them to unconsciously remember or feel what connected them in the first place. By the time I saw them again, they had opened their own creative floodgates. »