New music from Down was kind of like the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy, in that we kept hearing about it, but it was hard to prove that it existed. Finally, via Rolling Stone, the first taste of their forthcoming EP, snappily titled EP ONE, surfaced earlier this morning. “Witchtripper” is vintage Down that sounds like it was worth the five year wait. According to Phil Anselmo, he had to be coerced into naming the song “Witchtripper.”
“Somebody would suggest to me, ‘Hey, man, that might make a killer song title,’ he told the magazine. “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.’ “I was like, ‘OK, check this out, you dicks. ‘Witchtripper’ you want, ‘Witchtripper’ you will get. 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.” Check it out over at Rolling Stone.