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27th July 2012


Down have released a brand new song titled 'Witchtripper' from their their six track EP called 'EP One' which will be rleased on September 18th and is part of a four part series of EPs.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Phil Anselmo spoke candidly about his original criticism of the song title, saying "Somebody would suggest to me, 'Hey, man, that might make a killer song title.' And at the time I'm like, 'You're out of your fucking mind. There's no way I'm gonna call a song 'Witchtripper'.

But Phil changed his mind on the idea of 'Witchtripper' and gave guitarist Pepper Keenan and drummer Jimmy Bower's idea a chance: "I was like, 'OK, check this out, you dicks. 'Witchtripper' you want, 'Witchtripper' you will get'."

"I laid it on them, and sure enough, they were right – it worked, as usual. So there goes the genius of Phil Anselmo. Always doubting, and I'm the last one to get it."

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'EP One' will be Down's first new release in five years since their third studio album 'Down III: Over the Under'.

Anselmo also spoke about his present expectations and letting the music come naturally to him. "Right now I'm looking forward to the public's consumption and letting them hear it. I'm not sure if it's gonna break any ground. I never put any expectation on any friggin' record I do.

"We didn't overanalyze anything. We just let the songs kind of unfold, and once it felt right, there was no reason to go back."

Click here to hear 'Witchtripper'

Down 2012 U.S. Tour Dates:
09/18 — Fort Worth, Texas – Ridglea Theater
09/19 — Tulsa, Okla. – Cain's Ballroom
09/21 — Sauget, Ill. – Pop's
09/22 — Chicago, Ill. – House of Blues
09/23 — Pontiac, Mich. – Crofoot Ballroom
09/25 — Boston, Mass. – House of Blues
09/26 — Philadelphia, Pa. – Electric Factory (feat. Pentagram)
09/28 — New York, N.Y. – Best Buy Theater (feat. Saint Vitus)
09/29 — Sayreville, N.J. – Starland Ballroom
10/02 — Charlotte, N.C. – Tremont Music Hall


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