Down Announce New EP and North American Tour Dates
"We wanted to back up our word as far as releasing these EPs," says frontman Philip Anselmo. "Everybody was fixated on that. This is the shortest period of time between our releases, and every one stepped it up and upped his game."
Anselso says that Pepper Keenan, Jimmy Bower, Pat Bruders, and Kirk Windstein's replacement Bobby Landgraf "all contributed some excellent riffs. Having all of this fresh input makes for a different listen and a new perspective on what Down should and does sound like. All of that yields a unique record off the bat."
Anselmo had this to say about the band's latest addition Landgraf, "He was immediately at home. Bobby had always been that guy in case of anything. Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong.
"Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There's that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can't stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a f***ing awesome job."
Keenan adds, "Even with the lineup differences, it's interesting how the songs still sound very Down. Bobby and I have always locked in. It's not just physically either, but mentally as well. We see eye-to-eye, and he's been watching for a long time."
And Landgraf had this to say, "It was a big deal for me. I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me. I'm a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible. As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud."
The band will be hitting the road to support the new EP. They have announced that they will be touring North American with headline dates and shows with Black Label Society and Devil You Know.
Down IV - Part Two tracklist