By Zachary Swickey
We’ve been keeping our eyes on Crosses – the newest side project of Deftones’ Chino Moreno, also featuring Shaun Lopez of ‘90’s alt-group Far and bassist Chuck Doom. The band is a unique departure from Moreno’s other material – sounding like a “dubby” Depeche Mode with occasional sudden shots of testosterone.
We caught up with Lopez just hours before the band’s live debut (the first of a string of only four California shows) to hear his thoughts on the band’s release methodology, how he gathered his group of musicians and what the future holds for the group.
MTV News: When you guys first came on the scene last year, you seemed hesitant to say you’d be doing any touring. So how did these shows come about?
Shaun Lopez: Just sort of made sense. You know, Chino [Moreno] had some time off – just seemed like the timing was right. The interest and demand from fans was just getting stronger and stronger. It just seemed like, "Man, let’s go do it. If we don’t do it now, we’ll probably just keep putting it off or something." It seemed cool and it’s been fun, challenging.
MTV News: Are you happy with the outcome of self-releasing your two EP’s [online without a label]? That seems to be a growing trend.
Lopez: Yeah, totally man, especially with the latest one [Crosses’ newly-released second EP]. None of us really expected the second to do as well as it did, or as well as it’s doing. We’re very thankful.
MTV News: I was curious, how did Duff McKagan (of Guns & Roses/Velvet Revolver fame) end up on your first EP?
Lopez: You know, I kind of know him. Chino’s known him for a while. He just heard some stuff and was like, "Man, I’d love to play on that!” He’s just a f***kin’ rad guy, really super-nice. Just a cool dude – the kinda guy you want to just chill with.