DOWN/CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein has joined New Orleans' VALUME NOB as the band's temporary bassist.

Windstein, who recently commenced the songwriting process for the next CROWBAR album, made his live debut with the group on Friday (Jan. 17) at Dixie Taverne in New Orleans and will reportedly be appearing with the band at all of their upcoming dates.

"VALUME NOB has a cool style," Windstein said of his new bandmates' musical direction. "I think it's pretty much fast hardcore/punk with a little metal thrown in. I do have to disagree [with the people who claim the singing in VALUME NOB sounds like that of EYEHATEGOD's Mike Williams] though. I don't find it at all like Mike Williams. I find that [VALUME NOB frontman] Mark [Dubuisson] sings a lot more than Mike does. It's very heavy nonetheless. It's something I'm really looking forward to playing. I love playing the bass. I played bass on all the CROWBAR [albums] except 'Sonic Excess In its Purest Form' and 'Obedience Thru Suffering', and I also played bass on DOWN's 'Nola'. You can see my lack of bass skills on 'Nola' though. That's why I'm so glad we have [PANTERA bassist] Rex [Brown playing with DOWN] now. Big improvement on DOWN's 'II'."


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