, The Massive Return of ‘Down’ with new EP and tune ‘Witchtripper’

It looks like Down will be dropping their brand new EP on September 18th.

Titled Down IV Part I – The Purple EP, the release will mark the band’s first body of new material in five years.

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The six song EP is the first in a series of four EP’s planned for release over the next year. Down, is a supergroup of sorts as it features Philip Anselmo (Pantera) on vocals, Pepper Keenan (C.O.C.) on lead guitars, Kirk Windstein (Crowbar) on guitar, Jimmy Bower (Eye Hate God) on drums, and Pat Brudners (Crowbar), on bass.  A position previously held by Rex Brown (Pantera).

The band will also be kicking off a number of tour dates on the day of the EP’s release, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending in Charlotte, NC in October.

“I do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the Down horde – if you will,” says Anselmo. “If you’re looking for a Down record, it’s very pure and real.”

“Down gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” says Anselmo. “That’s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, it’s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. It’s not so gut level or street. The darker sh*t is some of my favorite.”

With an album sales history totaling over 725k, the guys in Down are no strangers to success. Their 1995 debut Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) and Down III (2007) remain fan and critical successes.

Click here to listen to the new Down track ‘Witchtripper’ courtesy of Rolling Stone.

Down IV Part I – The Purple EP Track Listing:

1. Levitation
2. Witchtripper
3. Open Coffins
4. The Curse Is A Lie
5. This Work Is Timeless
6. Misfortune Teller

Tour Dates
9/18 – Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
9/19 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
9/21 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
9/22 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
9/23 – Pontiac, MI @ The Crofoot
9/25 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
9/28 – New York, NY @ Best Buy Theatre
9/29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
9/30 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
10/2 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall