Thrash Poets

As self-indulgent as they wanna be

The song that rages hardest on White Pony, however, shakes up all hierarchies, whether it's women or men on top. With "Elite," Deftones return to the egalitarian cry of "Back to School," lashing out against the concept of superiority itself, armed with Moreno's throat-tearing screams and Cheng's unstoppable pounding bass.

Chi Cheng soars above the Deftones on his bamboo parachute
James Minchin
Chi Cheng soars above the Deftones on his bamboo parachute

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7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Tickets cost $29.25. Call 954-523-3309.
Sunrise Musical Theatre, 5555 NW 95th Ave, Sunrise

For Cheng the contradictions make sense. "We could go any direction that we want," he says, "given the freedom from our fans. I don't think it's anything else but us and the fans. We're self-indulgent as a band: What we like, our fans are going to like, so we play music that's interesting and likable to us, because our fans have grown with us and are taking the journey with us." Self-indulgence hasn't robbed Deftones of their sense of humor. When asked if the band is tempted to keep tinkering with the songs from White Pony while on the Back to School Tour, the poet laughs. "Yeah," he says, "they're slowly, slowly turning into Air Supply songs."

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