New Orleans sludge masters Down will release their new EP Down IV – Part Two on May 12th through Roadrunner Records.
The EP was tracked at Nodferatu’s Lair (Philp H. Anselmo’s home studio) and was produced by Michael Thompson, Anselmo and Down.
In support of this new release, Down will tour the US with Black Label Society this Spring, and will grace UK shores exclusively this summer as Friday night headliners for Bloodstock Festival on the 8th August. Tickets here.
Down IV – Part Two marks Down’s first release without guitarist Kirk Windstein. Bobby Landgraf has stepped up to perform his duties. Anselmo comments:
“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 fucking awesome job.”
“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.”
For the future, Down’s sights are set on endless touring. Landgraf made his formal stage debut when the band headlined Anselmo’s first annual Housecore Horror Film Festival in front of a packed crowd in October 2013.
Down IV – Part Two track list:
- We Knew Him Well
- Sufferer’s Years