Photos by Spencer Fleming
Well I finally crossed the river and hit up Maloney's Irish Pub. My good buddies in Defnotes: A Deftones Experience invited me out to snap some photos and I happily obliged. I always try to catch these guys whenever they're in town. Deftones are one of my all-time favorite bands. There are a lot of tribute acts out there, but Defnotes really do the originals justice.
Before the Defnotes set lead singer Dan Medeiros did an acoustic set of 80s and 90s crowd pleasers. From Goo Goo Dolls to Oasis, and even a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" Dan got the room warmed up and rocking. My favorite was the cover of Pearl Jam's "Black".
After a quick change Dan came back sporting the signature Chino Moreno gym socks and Converse shoes. The band was ready to rock! They kicked things off with the title track to Deftones' 2020 album Ohms. The crowd whooped and hollered with excitement as Dan and his crew crushed the room with pounding drums, crunchy guitars, and sultry crooning vocals. For over 90 minutes Defnotes covered a career-spanning setlist with staples like "My Own Summer (Shove-It), "Back To School", and "Change (In The House Of Flies)" but they also made sure to hit some lesser known cuts like "Knife Prty", "RX Queen", and "Passenger". For anyone who's a Deftones fan like myself it was pure bliss!
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Defnotes: A Deftones Experience