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Wednesday To-Do: Down

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Down plays Juanitas Wednesday night.
  • Down plays Juanita's Wednesday night.

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8 p.m. Juanita's. $25.

Down's bruising stoner riffage is the ideal soundtrack for when you're rollin' down a back highway at a steady 42 MPH in a primer-covered '86 Monte Carlo SS, burnt jernt in the ashtray, 24-oz. Mountain Dew in the cup holder, some Popeye's trash over in the passenger floorboard, softball bat in the back seat, on your way to go break a bunch of some jerkoff's expensive property.

I suppose before I go too much further I should point out the whole supergroup element of Down (members of Crowbar, Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Eyehategod). That's cool and all, but Down has its own identity separate of those other, admittedly awesome, bands. That said, if you dig those groups and somehow haven't checked out Down, well you'd better just get on it, hoss. Begin at the beginning, with 1995's "NOLA."

But anyways, whereas a lot of your doomy longhairs primarily focus on channeling only the most crushing and heavy elements of Black Sabbath (and to be clear, I'm way into that), Down is the rare band that says, "Hey dudes, wait a minute. Remember 'Planet Caravan'? Remember 'Solitude'? How they'd get all cosmic 'n shit? Let's go for a little of that for a sec." And then they do, and it's awesome and then they go back to that groove-heavy Southern Sabbath-worship that so many of us love, and it's awesome again.

The opening act, haarp (all lowercase and with two "a"s like that) traffics in ultra-pained sludgy crushingness. The group's forthcoming album was produced by Down's Phil Anselmo. There's a video online of Anselmo and haarp performing Pantera's classic "Walk." No telling if such a thing might happen at Juanita's. It could've been a total one-off, but who knows? There's only one way to find out for sure.

Check out the video for Down's "Stone the Crow" after the jump.

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