Down will release Down IV Part I â€“ The Purple EP,Â their first body of new material in five years, on September 18, 2012 via Down Records/Independent Label Group.
The six song EP is the first in a series of four EPâ€™s planned for release over the next year. Down will kick off a string of tour dates on release day, beginning in Fort Worth, TX, and ending October 2 in Charlotte, NC.
â€œI do believe that we have delivered a record that will be accepted and hopefully enjoyed by the Down horde â€“ if you will,â€ says Phil Anselmo. â€œIf youâ€™re looking for a Down record, itâ€™s very pure and real.â€
â€œDown gives me the platform to be poetic and paint imagery with lyrics,â€ says Anselmo. â€œThatâ€™s the approach I took. They complement the music and create an ominous feeling. Ultimately, when people consume the words, itâ€™s always their interpretation that matters. I could be image-conscious though when I wrote. Itâ€™s not so gut level or street. The darker shit is some of my favorite.â€
With an album sales history totaling over 725k, these New Orleans natives are no strangers to success. Their legendary 1995 debut Nola is certified platinum, while Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow (2002) and Down III (2007) remain fan and critical successes.