Andy Boyle: I’m Fucking Serious

Andy Boyle

“I’m fucking serious. WE. WEAR. OUR. HEART. ON. OUR. SLEEVE.”

So sayeth the gentlemen in Down on their new song “Open Coffins.” That song is in a six-way tie for best song off of the new EP, Down IV Part 1: The Purple EP.

That’s not actually the title of the disc. I think that’s just an easy way to market the thing, rather than confuse people by trying to sell them a CD that doesn’t have a title. In what I can only guess is a nod to one of their idols, Led Zeppelin, the CD case is merely adorned with a crescent moon logo next to the band’s name along the spine.

Will the forthcoming three EPs have different lunar phases on them? Or will they have other types of symbols on them, a la the mighty Zep on their fourth record?

But enough about what the title of the new offering may or may not be. It’s what’s contained within that’s really important: the music. These guys have never disappointed in the past, and they’re certainly not going to start now. This EP rules!

With six songs on it, this EP has got a fairly good chunk of music on it. And all six songs are amazing. They are heavier than heavy. I think that some of that heaviness can be attributed to the addition of Patrick Bruders on bass. His playing lays down a steady bottom that doesn’t waver. Kirk and Pepper’s guitars still have the same crunch to them that we’ve all come to know and love, as well as their impeccable harmonies. I swear, Pepper Keenan’s guitar has even got a Southern drawl.

Jimmy Bower’s drumming thunders like Thor’s hammer. He dwells in the low end with his toms, contributing to the overall weight of the music, while keeping a beat that you can really groove your bobbing head along to.

And then there’s Phil. Phil catches a lot of shit for being so out there. But if he wasn’t so far out there, he probably couldn’t do what he does. His voice carries so much power, and so much emotion, I just get swept up in it all. And when he tells me to “Tear this shit up young son,” I just might. I just might.

Particular standouts for me on this new disc are “Witchtripper,” “Open Coffins,” and “Misfortune Teller.” All of the songs are fan-fucking-tastic, but these three really get me going. I’m really looking forward to the next three EPs in this series, but I’ll be plenty busy listening to this one for quite some time.

I too, wear my heart on my sleeve, so I’ll be proudly blaring the new Down, and telling everyone I know about it, whether they want to hear about it or not.

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About Andy Boyle

Andy Boyle hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, and was GSA's personal pick from our recent writer search. He is a chef, father/stepfather, and self-professed "serious music fan." Andy has been listening to heavy metal for over 20 years. Long Live Rock and Roll!