Ste of PMT conducted an interview with DOWN guitarist Bobby Landgraf at this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 7-10 at Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, West Midlands, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.
Bobby joined DOWN last fall as the replacement for Kirk Windstein, who left the band to focus on CROWBAR. A longtime "family" member, stage manager, and HONKY guitarist, Landgraf "was immediately at home," according to DOWN singer Philip Anselmo, and contributed to the songwriting process for the band's latest EP, "Down IV - Part Two", which was released on May 13 via Down Records/ADA Music.
"Bobby had always been that guy 'in case of anything," Anselmo explained. "Knowing his personality, he really locked in with what we do and took it to heart. He made himself belong. Honestly, the first day he came down he contributed a very strong riff to a key song. There's that Southern element, which is imperative. I also catch a real old heavy metal vibe from this record. I can't stress this enough. He took it all on, and he did a fucking awesome job."
DOWN guitarist Pepper Keenan added, "Even with the lineup differences, it's interesting how the songs still sound very DOWN.
"Bobby and I have always locked in. It's not just physically either, but mentally as well. We see eye-to-eye, and he's been watching for a long time."
"It was a big deal for me," beamed Landgraf.
"I drove ten hours up from Texas that first day, cracked a beer, and plugged in. We jumped right into the room, and I played this part. They all smiled. That was the moment for me.
"I'm a longtime fan, and I knew we were friends, but being a part of the writing and working towards something together was just incredible.
"As a guitar player, one of my goals was to be in a group like this. I want to make everyone proud."
"Down IV - Part Two" sold around 10,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The band's previous EP, "Down IV Part I - The Purple EP", opened with around 12,000 units in September 2012 to land at No. 35.