CMU Approved

Approved: †††

By | Published on Wednesday 3 August 2011


Earlier this year, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno revealed that he was working on a new project with Far guitarist Shaun Lopez in an interview with AOL’s Noisecreep.

Then he immediately regretted it, as he recalled how much hype had blown up around his previous side project, Team Sleep. He explained that Team Sleep “was supposed to be this underground thing that would happen whenever, and it developed so much hype around it that it kind of ruined the whole thing for me”.

So, I’m crossing my fingers very tightly and hoping that writing this doesn’t contribute to Moreno abandoning this new side project as well. Because his new band, ††† (or Crosses if saying out loud), released their first EP, ‘†’, yesterday and based on the afternoon I’ve just spent with it on repeat, I’m pretty bloody excited about hearing more.

The band bears similarities to Deftones, where perhaps Team Sleep was more of a departure. It leans to more of an electronic sound, but ‘Op†ion’ and ‘†hholyghs†’ in particular wouldn’t take very long at all to work up into Deftones songs. Most different (save for closing instrumental ‘†’) is ‘Bermuda Locke†’, a synth-driven track that harks back to the more accessible end of 90s trip hop.

You can download the EP for free via the widget below, or get it in higher quality and with other extras for $5 from their online store.