Down: New Album Is “Really Aggressive And Raw”
If there’s two words that will get us excited about some new Down (apart from the words “new Down”), it’s “aggressive” and “raw”. Which is why Down describing their new EP as “aggressive and raw” has got us excited.
Down drummer Jimmy Bower has suggested that the New Orleans icons’ upcoming new EP will feature some of their heaviest material yet. Which is nice.
“We finished last night [February 9 at time of interview] with the mixing and everything,” he told target Audience. “So, all we have to do now is get it mastered and the artwork is all done. So I think maybe early May. It takes a while to get everything together; it took us a little longer with the recording process so it’s done. We finished it last night. It sounds killer.”
He added, “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!”
On any particular stand-out tracks the drummer added: “‘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.”
Raw? Aggressive? Better than ‘Over The Under’? A song called ‘Witchtripper’? Fuck, this is going to be awesome.
Tracks confirmed to be on the EP, released later this year through Roadrunner, are below (though not necessarily in order):
03. The Misfortune Teller
04. The Curse Is A Lie
05. Open Coffins
06. This Work Is Timeless
Read the rest of the Down interview here.