Metal legends Down have announced the Punk Rock But Kinda Not Tour 2014. The 15-date trek, which marks the band’s first proper headlining run in support of their new EP, begins on December 1st and makes stops throughout the West Coast, Midwest, and Canada (full list of dates below). Down will be joined by Orange Goblin, BL’AST!, and King Parrot. VIP package pre-sales are available here with the general on-sale beginning Friday, September 19th.
Down frontman Phil Anselmo says, “Down are coming your way with some killer fucking bands – so come out to the fucking shows!”
The tour is in support of the Down’s latest EP, ‘Down IV – Part Two,’ which was released in May via Down Records/ADA and was the band’s highest charting release to-date (#1 on iTunes’ Rock Albums chart; #23 on Billboard’s Top 200). The EP has been met with a slew of critical acclaim, such as Decibel who proclaimed, “From Phil Anselmo’s feral opening scream to his last spectral croon, Down doesn’t waste a hook or a minute of your time. Jimmy Bower’s beats are the perfect bar-brawling accomplices for the rowdy riffs conjured by Pepper Keenan and newcomer Bobby Landgraf, kicking the songs in the guts for extra giddy.” “We Knew Him Well” – the EP’s lead single – has also garnered praise, with Stereogum calling it “a titanic, bludgeoning deep-head-nod groove…it’s gloriously messy but locked-in in the way that only New Orleans metal bands can pull off.” The official video for “We Knew Him Well” was premiered on Billboard.com and can be viewed here.
With a collective resume encompassing Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod, and Crowbar, Down puffed out its first haze of sonic smoke from the underbelly of gritty old New Orleans on the 1995 platinum-selling classic, ‘Nola.’ Since then, the band has released ‘Down II: A Bustle In Your Hedgerow’ (2002), ‘Down III: Over the Under’ (2007), ‘Diary of a Mad Band’ live CD/DVD (2010), and ‘Down IV – Part One’ EP (2012). Their live shows have built a legendary reputation due to their fierce and loyal following with unforgettable runs alongside Metallica, Heaven & Hell, The Melvins, and Black Label Society, as well as coveted spots on Download, Soundwave, Hellfest, Bloodstock and OZZfest.
Down Tour Dates:
12/1 – San Antonio, TX / The Aztec Theater
12/3 – Las Vegas, NV / House of Blues
12/5 – Riverside, CA Riverside / Municipal Auditorium
12/6 – Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern
12/7 – Sacramento, CA / Ace of Spades
12/8 – San Francisco, CA / The Fillmore
12/10 – Seattle, WA / The Showbox
12/11 – Vancouver, BC / Commodore Ballroom
12/13 – Edmonton, AB / Union Hall
12/14 – Calgary, AB / Flames Central
12/15 – Spokane, WA / Knitting Factory Concert House
12/17 – Denver, CO / The Summit Music Hall
12/19 – Oklahoma City, OK / Diamond Ballroom
12/20 – Dallas, TX / Gas Monkey Music Hall
12/21 – Houston, TX / Warehouse Live – Ballroom
**Down will also be performing on the Motörhead’s Motörboat cruise, which is set for sail September 22-26.
‘Down IV – Part Two’ EP is available for purchase here at iTunes.