Johnny Thrash of “The Oath” metal radio show, which airs on the KBZS-FM / 106.3 The Buzz station in Wichita Falls, Texas, recently conducted an interview with DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan. You can now listen to the chat at this location.
“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP”, DOWN‘s first in a series of four EPs to be released over the next few years (with a year between EPs), each touching on a different aspect of the band’s sound, was released on September 18. It will be followed by the second collection of songs early next year, around the time of a planned U.S. tour. EPs three and four are scheduled for later in 2013.
“Down IV Part I – The Purple EP” heralds the sound of DOWN going back to its roots, with influences from BLACK SABBATH, SAINT VITUS and WITCHFINDER GENERAL.
The track listing for the effort is as follows:
03. Open Coffins
04. The Curse Is A Lie
05. This Work Is Timeless
06. Misfortune Teller
Lyrically, the EP goes beyond just personal experiences, and explores themes that include the faith of mankind, the imperfection of mankind and cultural belief systems.
“DOWN gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,” said 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 shit is some of my favorite.”