Down recently visited Loudwire's offices when they were on tour in New York City. The entire group swarmed on our little studio room to talk about their four-part series of 'Down IV' EPs, all the while anointing themselves the most handsome band in the history of handsome while knocking back a few beers.
Six songs from Down are better than a full album of tunes from many other bands. The title of the band's new EP, 'Down IV, Part 1 - The Purple EP,' is incredibly long for an extended play, but it's what's on the inside that counts.The quintet makes efficient use of the space they're working with and not a second is wasted.
Down and former bassist Rex Brown reunited onstage Tuesday night (Sept. 18) for the first time since the musician exited the band last year. The veteran rocker and longtime cohort of Down singer Phil Anselmo dating back to the Pantera years, came out to perform during the encore songs of 'Stone the Crow' and 'Bury Me in Smoke' during the group's set in Dallas. (Watch footage below.)
This is the beginning of a very productive time for the hard rock supergroup known as Down. The band is in the process of releasing four EPs, with the first one, dubbed 'Down IV Part 1, The Purple EP' arriving Sept. 18. The disc is definitely a solid opener to their overall project and Loudwire is proud to team with Down to offer you a prize pack centered on the first EP release.
Down will drop 'Down IV Part I - The Purple EP,' a six-song set, on Sept. 18, and in advance of the release they are offering a full stream via Billboard.com. The band has made no secret of the fact that they plan to follow it with three more EPs, which begs the question. Why aren't they releasing full albums? The answer is simple. It's easier and more efficient to go the EP route, since it gets music into a fan's hands sooner than later.
Down frontman and metal icon Philip Anselmo issued a video update while smack dab in the middle of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. Anselmo initially issued the clip a few days ago, but the audio quality was poor and indiscernible. It has since been republished with better audio quality. Of course, Anselmo's description of the storm was peppered with eff bombs, but he provided a first-person perspective, and one that is uniquely Anselmo, of what life is like during a hurricane.
Phil Anselmo was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s radio show this past weekend. Anselmo talked about the upcoming Down disc 'Down IV Part I - The Purple EP' as well as his own solo album, his own label Housecore Records and much more. If you missed Jackie’s show, read the full interview with Phil Anselmo below: