Crosses (aka †††), another band fronted by Deftones singer Chino Moreno, releases its self-titled debut album today (February 11).
The 15-song set combines two previous released EPs with five new songs from Moreno and bandmates Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom.
The album is streaming at Pitchfork.com, while Crosses has released a video for the single "Bitches Brew."
Moreno, Lopez and Doom started Crosses in 2011, and the singer tells us their idea was to keep the project as low-key as possible:
"It was an experiment and it turned out to be fun. We didn't announce it, like, 'Hey, we have a band and it sounds like this or that.' We didn't solicit at all or hype it in any way. We just put it out there and people that wanted to find it found it. It was a very organic, slow-growing process. There wasn't anybody breathing down our shoulders or anything."
Having a full-fledged album, however, has changed Moreno's tune a bit:
"Now I want as many people to hear it as possible because I'm very proud of it. When we finished the third EP and put everything together and sequenced it into an album format, I really listened to it from a different perspective. It made me really happy to think, 'Wow, this is a really cool project that was built over time.' This wasn't something we rushed out. It really has this cohesiveness to it -- the sequence, the vibe of the whole record. Out of all the records I've made, whatever band it was, this is one of my favorite recordings."
Crosses is currently on the road in the U.S, then heads overseas later this month to play the traveling Soundwave Festival in Australia and will also perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival during April in Indio, Calif.
Moreno has said Deftones plan to take the rest of the year off while he concentrates on Crosses.