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Team Sleep is a rock music group led by singer/guitarist Chino Moreno, better known for fronting Deftones. A list of official Team Sleep members is unavailable. However, Team Sleep performed a number of live shows on the United States' west coast in 2002 with Todd Wilkinson, Dan Elkan, Zach Hill, Rick Verlaine and DJ Crook handling instrumentation.
It is rumored that Mike Patton (Fantomas , ex-Faith No More) and Melissa Auf Der Maur (ex-Hole, ex-Smashing Pumpkins) were involved in recording sessions. Due to contractual obligations, any material Team Sleep releases will be through Maverick Records. Rob Crow of San Diego based band Pinback is also rumored to be featured on the upcoming album.
The Team Sleep recordings that have been officially released were "The Passportal," an instrumental featured on the Matrix Reloaded soundtrack. A version of "The Passportal" with lyrics and vocals by Chino Moreno has circulated on the internet under the title "Apollonia."
A full album's worth of material was finished between 2002-2003, but Moreno was reportedly angered after Team Sleep songs were circulated on the internet. This, coupled with the release and supporting tour for Deftones' fourth album, has kept Team Sleep's recordings from being released. In 2002 there was also a Team Sleep world premiere on POWER 106 FM in Los Angeles: "Mercedes" was played once. A few of the "leaked" album's tracks will reportedly also be featured on the "new" album, however, more than likely with a few additions and edits to each "old" track.
Team Sleep's record was originally scheduled for a November, 2004 release, but Maverick Records were reportedly so impressed by the album they postponed the release until mid-2005 to allow for promotion. Chino supposedly made the comment that "(he) didn't know whether to be happy that they were impressed, or pissed that they didn't expect much (from them) in the first place."
A DJ named 'C-Minus' opening at a Deftones concert at the House of Blues in West Hollywood in October, 2004 premiered the newest version of the Team Sleep song 'Cambodia' to the crowd.
The official Team Sleep website has finally surfaced. Included is an audio/video clip of the song 'Death By Plane.'
Rumors began to circulate in January 2005 that Team Sleep had broken up due to a falling out between Chino Moreno and DJ Crook. Many fans were distraught at the fact that the long-awaited project might never surface, but the rumors were later proved false.
Recently, the Deftones' Chino Moreno has talked about his Team Sleep project and the fact it could finally be awaken fully on May 10, when Team Sleep's self-titled debut album will be released. "The best part about it is having completion of something you've been working on, and having it done right," Moreno said in a statement. "It's fun, working with different people, everybody works differently. When I have time off from music, I want to make other music. That's what I do, that's what's fun, that's what makes me happy." ...(mtv.com)
- Chino Moreno - Vocals
- Todd Wilkinson - Guitar
- Rick Verret - Bass
- Zach Hill - Drums
- DJ Crook - Turntables
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