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Sam: So you guys finally got
around to recording a 2nd album eh?
Rex: "Hell yeah..."
Sam: What took so long?
Kirk: "Four different bands fuckin' tourin'
Rex: "Yeah, it's pretty tough to get everybody even
together in the same city at the same time or anything. It just where
everybody's schedule could just coincide, where we had the chance to do
Sam: Is the sound still the same? Is it still
the southern rock direction or did it branch out into anything?
Kirk: "Basically it still takes all of the same
elements from the begining, from the idea that we had with the band,
you know, alot of 70's stuff, some southern rock stuff in there as well
but it definately branched out. And this time, alot broader spectrum
of stuff, from super heavy stuff to really dark mellow acoustic stuff.
It pretty much runs the whole board, I think it's alot more diverse
than the first record was."
Sam: Does Phil play guitar on this one at all,
or does he just sing?
Rex: "Yeah he plays guitar on the very last
track called "Wars", and it's killer".
Sam: You guys gonna do any shows for this album?
Kirk: "Fuck yes, we definately plan on touring
Sam: There's going to be a whole tour?
Rex: "There's gonna be a whole tour and then
Kirk: "Yep, we're geared up and excited, I know
Rex: "Fuuuck yeah"
Sam: So you guys have put your other bands on hold
just to tour for this project?
Rex: Yeah, pretty much"
Rex: "I mean everybody needed to take a break
anyway so, the main focus right now is definately Down."
Sam: Will any of the shows be recorded for a cd
or a video?
Kirk: "Hopefully, I'm pretty sure for a video."
Rex: "Yeah, right now we're at the end of...hell,
we just finnished mastering this thing last week and doing press in NY
so we're just at the very end of getting this thing done. It's taken
us 3 years to get everybody together to fuckin' get in the same room
and knock this thing out. We hammered 15 songs in 28 days ya know."
Kirk: "So it's ready to get this shit rollin'"
Sam: Were the songs all written together recently
or had they been building up in little peices over the years?
Rex: "We had just had little jam tapes from here
and there, you know, everybody basically lives down in New Orleans
except for me and Pepper, Pepper is from New Orleans. We'd fly down
back and forth here and there when they asked me to get in the band.
And we'd kinda listen to all these tapes and fuckin' basically kinda
put 'um together and arrange 'um and wrote 'um in the studio and
just knocked them out right there. Not in the studio, excuse me,
it was in a fuckin' barn."
Sam: In a barn?
Kirk: "Yeah, literally, in a barn. We rented all
this fuckin' gear from Nashville, you know this old shit that you
could make a Zeppelin record with, and got this fuckin' killer
producer down and uh, actually he was producing it like a 6th member
or some shit. And we drank alot of booze and put all this shit down on
Sam: Who produced it?
Kirk: "Warren Riker, and Down."
Sam: Did you guys just soundproof the barn?
Kirk: "We tried like a motherfucker, we...at first
it was just kinda like a jam room, we said well hell let's just knock
out a room over here and make it into a control room where we can hear
all this shit and put the gear in, and just made it into a sonically
fuckin' devastating place."
Rex: "It was pretty much way out in the middle
of fuckin' no where."
Kirk: "In a swamp, take you a tank of gas just to
get to and from this motherfucker."
Rex: "So we holed ourselves up in there for a
whole month and stocked up on the booze."
Rex: "It's called fuckin' controled chaos"
Kirk: "24/7 we didn't stop around the clock,
bassically, somebody was always doing something..."
Rex: "But we had that goal in mind, exactly what
we wanted to do, at the same time we fuckin' ripped our goddamn skulls
and livers out."
Sam: Did you guys mess around with any different
sounds on the album?
Kirk: "A bunch of drum loops n'shit..."
Rex: "nah, just raw rock."
Kirk: "We just wanted to make an old classic,
fuckin' killer...you know, the fuckin' whole scene these days is
nothin' but, hey let's play this one song! that's killer, let's go buy
the record for one fucking song. We wanted to make a fuckin' goddamn
hard rock record you know?"
Rex: "This thing is defninately like a throwback
type thing in the sense that to get the full feel, what the whole
thing is about, you can't just pop on track #10 or whatever, you've
got to listen to the whole thing front to back. To get what the record
is about, it's alot of different styles, it's all Down definately, but
it's alot of different styles involved."