featuring Mount Carmel / Honky
Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:00 PM CDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
- Friday, May 24, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Zydeco, Birmingham, AL
Down don't pretend to be anything that they're not.
Regardless of trends, popular opinions, and changing tides, they're uncompromising, unparalleled, and undeniable. That's why they resonate so profoundly in the underground and beyond. After three full-length studio albums, they don't merely have a cult following—they are a cult.
Whether you catch fans debating the meaning of "Stone the Crow," sporting a "Power of the Riff Compels Me" t-shirt, or proudly brandishing a tattoo of their logo, the fervor for this outfit proves feverish. With a collective pedigree spanning Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar, and Eyehategod, there's untainted mystique and magic when Philip H. Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein, Jimmy Bower, and Pat Bruders enter Nodferatu's Lair at Anselmo's New Orleans home to record. On the group's forthcoming DOWN IV Part 1 – The Purple EP [available via ILG], the mythos surrounding Down expands immensely. Staggering riffs, thunderous drums, and Anselmo's inimitable delivery crush and captivate over the course of the collection's six songs. It's dark. It's dangerous. It's decisive. It's Down at their best.
In 2011 after touring the world tirelessly behind Down III: Over the Under, they regrouped in the Lair to begin working on new material. There weren't any deadlines. There wasn't any stress. In a sense, it wasn't all that different from the band's first jam sessions in 1991.
"I didn't feel any pressure," affirms Anselmo. "The less I think about it, the more natural it comes. Everybody in the band is well aware of what this is. A lot of artists try to reinvent themselves. They think they need to show different sides of who they are. If there's one thing I've always cherished, it's our core audience. There's no way I'd want to alienate them so we did what we do. You put the five of us in a room, it's going to sound like Down."
Make no mistake about it. The music is unequivocally the product of this iconic entity. Even though the style hasn't change, the lineup experienced one significant shift. In 2011, longtime bassist Rex Brown parted ways with the group, and Bruders joined. Brown's were big shoes to fill, but the bass player instantly felt at home.
"He played his ass off on every song," says the singer. "He plays with his fingers, and there's a certain feel there. It brought a whole lot to the chemistry. He can adapt to anything and what he comes up with is amazing."