According to DOWN's official Facebook page, the acclaimed New Orleans band which features in its ranks CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan, drummer Jimmy Bower (EYEHATEGOD, SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist), bassist Rex Brown (ex-PANTERA), guitarist Kirk Windstein (CROWBAR), and vocalist Philip Anselmo (SUPERJOINT RITUAL, ex-PANTERA) has begun demoing material for its next release at Anselmo's home studio/rehearsal facility. Windstein writes, "Great jam with DOWN [Wednesday] evening [May 11]!!! Demoed a brand new tune, and it rocks!"
In a recent interview with The Delaware County Daily Times, Keenan stated about DOWN's next studio release, "We're kinda goin' backwards now. The first record came out a long time ago, so we're feeling that vibe and heading that way; real simple: stripped down and to the point."
He added, "I think we're going to try and do four EPs, and they're all going to be connected together with artwork. This will allow us to have a frontload, heavy as [expletive] EP, and maybe the second one could showcase some of the acoustic stuff we've been saving for awhile, and then continuing the four of them with a completely different style, and obviously the fourth one would be another doom-laden heavy one."
Brown was unable to join DOWN for the band's recent shows and was temporarily replaced by CROWBAR bassist Patrick Bruders. Speaking to The Delaware County Daily Times, Pepper stated about Brown, "Rex is not gonna be with us [on the road for the upcoming shows]. He's got things he needs to deal with, and we gave him an ultimatum and he's trying to work things out. We've got Pat from CROWBAR playing bass, and he's ass-kickin' in the same way. He plays with his fingers which is really cool; he's got the whole Geezer Butler thing going on."
When asked if Rex was still considered a part of DOWN, Pepper replied, "I don't know what to really say on that; he's not out of the band, but he's not playing with us live."
Keenan accidentally hit Anselmo in the head with his guitar during DOWN's headlining performance on April 28 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The incident took place in the middle of the third song of DOWN's set, "Lifer", which Anselmo dedicated to his late PANTERA bandmate "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.
Video footage of DOWN performing "Lifer" during the New York City show can be viewed below.