Sunday, 15 February 2015

Saturday: Deftones - Change (In the House of Flies)

     Notwithstanding a twenty-four hour delay in getting you a Saturday song, Unplugged week here at Loud Noises is winding down. On Monday we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming, but for now I've still got a couple of acoustic tracks to share with you, starting with this unplugged version of a classic.

     Any long-time Deftones fan will hopefully tell you that the band's 2000 record White Pony is among the best of their career for a whole slew of reasons. The first couple of Deftones records are, of course, still solid, but White Pony was the first to really demonstrate the band's capacity for crafting songs that exist outside of genre limitations, song that are, above all else, Deftones songs.

     Five years later, the band released the B-Sides and Rarities collection, which gathered together a diverse array of covers and, most important for our purposes today, a couple of acoustic versions of now-well-known Deftones numbers. Perhaps the most successful of these is the band's acoustic version of hit White Pony single "Change (In the House of Flies)". The original is heavy, but chock full of moody atmosphere and still relatively simple structure-wise, so it transitions quite nicely to a dialed-back acoustic version. Ask any Deftones fan who's ever sat around a campfire with an acoustic guitar and I'm sure they'd agree.

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