DOWN Premiere’s New Track ‘Witchtripper’; 6-Track EP to Be Released Sept. 18
Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo’s band Down will release a six-song EP, now titled Down IV Part 1 The Purple EP, on September 18th. You can check out, “Witchtripper,” premiered exclusively here.
Anselmo tells Rolling Stone that like the well-known Pantera songs “Fucking Hostile” and “Psycho Holiday,” “Witchtripper” was a song title he had to be goaded into. “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,'” he says.
But after digging the riff created by Down guitarist Pepper Keenan and drummer Jimmy Bower, Anselmo decided to give them what they wanted. “I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get,'” he says. “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,” he adds, laughing.
The Purple EP marks the first new music from the band since 2007’s Down III: Over the Under. In the meantime Anselmo has kept himself plenty busy, touring, running his Housecore Records label and working on a solo album. As a result, he decided to let the Down music come organically.
“I have not really put too much pressure on myself with Down, and I think that’s the best approach,” he says. “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,” he says. “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.”