DEFTONES frontman Chino Moreno recently spoke to Vulture about the band’s new album, Ohms. Towards the end of the chat, he was asked for his thoughts on those who talk down on the ’90s nu metal explosion for being ignorant and stupid.
“I think they probably always did look down [on it],” Moreno responded. “They always felt guilty about listening to certain things. I don’t think it’s us so much but definitely LIMP BIZKIT and sh*t like that. I think motherf*ckers were embarrassed for that sh*t back then, too.
“You can’t deny it,” he continued. “It’s f*cking stupidly good, some of it, but they knew back then that it was stupid. I mean, listen to the words. It’s stupid. So it’s not like in retrospect they’re like, ‘I can’t believe I listened to that.’ It’s like, ‘No, when you listened to it then, you knew it was dumb, but you liked it.’ And that’s okay. No one should be embarrassed by sh*t they like that’s dumb. … It wasn’t any smarter back then.”
DEFTONES‘ ninth studio album, Ohms, releases today through Reprise Records. Get the album here.