DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan recently spoke to Revolver magazine (web site) about the band's recent European tour and the progress of the songwriting sessions for the group's third album.
To make sure they still have the right mojo after a four-year hibernation, the members of DOWN booked 16 shows in Europe this summer. "We didn't even know if we could still jam together," Keenan told Revolver. "We didn't know if we were gonna tear each other's heads off. But we didn't. We got along great."
When they returned from overseas in early June, the band — Keenan (CORROSION OF CONFORMITY),singer Philip Anselmo (ex-PANTERA),guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR),bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA) and drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD) — started writing, using Anselmo's barn, dubbed "Nödferatu's Lair," outside of New Orleans as their studio. So far, DOWN have demoed a batch of new songs, and they hope to have a record out by the spring.
Keenan compares the process this time to the writing of DOWN's 1995 debut, "Nola", which came together out of the bandmates' love of playing together. "We're having a blast," Keenan told Revolver. "Once we have our ideas down, we just jam it in circle until our heads fall off. Phil's singing his ass off, and he's completely sober, so we're all really focused. We just want to do a killer fuckin' record because I think rock and roll sucks nowadays — so we're gonna make a monster."
In other news, BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to extend its condolences to DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, whose mother passed away on September 18. Services were held last Friday (Sept. 22) in Metairie, Louisiana.
Windstein recently sold one of his classic DOWN guitars for $3,552 via eBay. "This is a great guitar, but it's literally been collecting dust at Phil's barn for a few months now," Windstein wrote in a Sept. 6 online posting. "It served me well, but it's time to let it go. It's taken a bit of a beating from me pounding on it for over 100 DOWN and CROWBAR shows, so I don't think just anyone would wanna buy this. This is for a diehard!
"My wife and I have been reading the hilarious responses on Blabbermouth! Just to let y'all know, I'm not selling it because of an addiction or any shit like that, but I'm not using it and I have a wife, daughter and a hefty house note, so every bit helps.
"Someone was making fun of my $19.99 Wal-Mart boom box in the eBay photo, but it sure sounds sweet with the new DOWN demo CD in it!!!!!"