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Interview:
All-star headbangers Down on an up-swing with EP plan
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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The members of Down all love being part of the all-star heavy metal band. But there tends to be one problem.

"We're all still very, very busy within our own bands and within our own lives and whatnot outside of Down," says frontman Phil Anselmo, formerly of Pantera and now involved in several bands at any given times as well as running his own record label Housecore Records. "It's hard to get the five of us together."

The New Orleans-based group has come up with a fresh idea for how to keep the music coming, however.

The just-released six-song set "Down IV Part I -- The Purple EP" is the first of four EPs the group has planned in lieu of recording full-length albums. "It's about getting people more music quicker," Anselmo, 44, explains. "It's obviously easier to knock out six songs rather than 12 songs.

"Me personally, I hate doing full-length records 'cause it drains...you. And (an EP) leaves ways less chance for songs that you'd consider filler songs to get through. I think it's the healthiest way for Down to continue to get music out on a reasonable schedule."

But don't ask Anselmo to get too specific about the schedule for the next three EPs in the set.

"Man, we are the worst; we are liars of the first degree when it comes to telling the public or anybody else some set date or time for the next release!" he says with a laugh. "It always seems like five friggin' years go by, no matter what we say.

"But, once again, the reason we're doing the EPs is to get the product out quicker to our audience. That just means concentrating on a handful of songs instead of an entire record, and it works."

Down, Warbeast, Haarp and Child Bite perform Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance, $28 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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