Making a music video is “corny as hell,” says Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter with a laugh. Lead singer Chino Moreno agrees: “It’s one of the worst things,” he says. “It’s acting like you’re playing your song.” Even so, making videos is still something that they and their band do on the regular for their singles, the latest being the seething, soaring “Prayers/Triangles” off the Deftones’ eighth studio full-length Gore. Rolling Stone joined the alt-metal group in March at the Los Angeles video shoot and captured them, well, acting like they were playing their song. We also just talked to them about their creative process.
Moreno describes “Prayers/Triangles” as “perpetual motion.” “The whole song is always just like tumbling over itself,” he says. “I just picture running.” Fittingly then, the video sees the band not only performing live on a sound stage but also captures Moreno tearing on foot through the streets of a residential neighborhood. Watch the exclusive video above to go behind the scenes of the making of the clip, which you can check out below.