In Sacramento, the band enjoyed the early sponsorship of local favourites KoRn. With that band they also shared a fan community drawn largely from skateboarders. The members of the band actually met while skateboarding, and their first rehearsals together took place in 1989-1990, where they jammed on rough versions of Danzig's "Twist Of Cain".
The band began when Chino, Stephen and Abe were in high-school together. Chi and Frank joined later on. They signed to Maverick Records in 1995 and released their debut album, Adrenaline, later that year.
The has worked on several side projects, including Chino's Team Sleep and Abe's Phallucy.
Their latest album Deftones (self-titled) was released in 2003.