DOWN To Perform In New Orleans TomorrowNovember 11, 2006
DOWN members Pepper Keenan (guitar; also in CORROSION OF CONFORMITY),Jimmy Bower (drums; also in EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL),Kirk Windstein (guitar; also in CROWBAR),and Philip Anselmo (vocals; also in SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) will perform at Tiptina's in New Orleans, Louisiana tomorrow (Sunday, November 12) as part of the "Sunday Music Workshop Series", which is scheduled to take place between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Robert Mercurio from New Orleans band GALACTIC will be filling in for regular DOWN bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA),who is unable to make the gig. More information is available at this location.
Pepper Keenan recently spoke to Revolver magazine 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."
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