Recently, Jimmy Bower, drummer for New Orleans stoner/doom supergroup Down, spoke with Jerel Johnson of Target Audience about the first in a series of four EPs to be put out by Down, with each EP highlighting a specific quality of the band’s signature sound.  The first (as yet untitled) EP will focus on Down’s musical roots in terms of Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, and Witchfinder General, and is described by vocalist Phil Anselmo as “a very pure doom metal record.”


According to Bower, the mixing of the new EP was completed on 9 February and will hopefully be released in early May.  Commenting on the EP, Bower said “We went for a really raw sound and went back to [the sound of the first DOWN album] ‘Nola’. The songs are really SABBATH-ed-out. I’m really happy the way it came out. It’s really aggressive and raw. All them rock n’ roll adjectives in there, bro. It’s doomy!”


Further explaining the band’s process for all four EPs, Bower continued “The idea is we’re doing four EPs and the first one is pretty much cut-throat. The third one is supposed to be the acoustic one. But we’re releasing four EPs within the next year and a half. They all coincide with one theme. Like the artwork and everything. It’s like a big story. . . It was recorded at the Lair again (Anselmo‘s his barn studio, Nodferatu’s Lair. The studio’s name is a play on classic horror film vampire Nosferatu,
altered to reflect certain musicians’ tendency to nod off.), the same place we did ‘Down II’ and recorded it at a New Orleans studio. The last record, ‘Over The Under’, we recorded in L.A. because a lot of the studios weren’t up and running after Katrina. So it was really nice to stay home and have that New Orleans vibe in the record to as well. Makes a difference, man.”


Songs set to appear on the new EP include:

  • Levitation
  • Witchtripper
  • The Misfortune Teller
  • The Curse is a Lie
  • Open Coffins
  • This Work is Timeless


Commenting on any stand-out songs, Bower stated “‘Witchtripper’. It sounds like DOWN, and I’m really excited about it. I’m more excited about it than ‘Over The Under’. ‘Over The Under’ was a great record, but I think the production was a little too much, and this takes us back to the raw roots and the songs are good. But ‘Witchtripper’ is my favorite one. We were in Spain for a festival, and walking around and we kept seeing rocks on people’s doors. We were like, ‘Dude, it must be to trip a witch.’ At first, it seemed kind of silly, but once we wrote the song and lyrics — Philip wrote the lyrics — it was really cool. Hopefully we’ll make a video for it, too.”


For the entire interview, visit Target Audience.

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