Ghent, Belgium based stoner rock band Fire Down Below premiere a music video for the first single »California« taken from their forthcoming full-length album, »Low Desert Surf Club«, set to release on September 8th, 2023 via Ripple Music.
01. Cocaine Hippo
04. Surf Queen
05. Dune Buggy
06. Here Comes The Flood
07. Hazy Snake
08. The Last Cowboy
Courtesy of Purple Sage PR:
Ghent-based stoner rock foursome Fire Down Below announce the release of their third studio album »Low Desert Surf Club« through Ripple Music this September 8th, with preorders and a summer-ready first single available now!
About their new single, Fire Down Below explain: “»California« is our take on a feel-good party song that would lift us from the everyday doom and gloom and remind us that good times were going to be back. Now that they are, we hope people will feel the vibes and go crazy with us when we play this song live. Party time!”
“Embracing the contradiction of a Belgian band making songs about the California desert, we pinned down the album title because it captures the general ‘summer vibes upbeat rock ‘n roll’ vibe,” says the band. Produced by Elder frontman Nick DiSalvo and recorded by renowned Berlin engineer Richard Berhens at Dunk! Studios at Zottegem in Belgium, third album »Low Desert Surf Club« is filled with nine fuzzed-out and sunbaked feel-good hits evocative of a road trip through the Californian desert, from the high-speed stoner madness of »Cocaine Hippo« or »Surf Queen« to the heavier and mind-altering vibe of »Hazy Snake« and »Hear Comes The Flood«. An instant stoner rock classic that should enthrall fans of Fu Manchu, Kyuss and 1000mods!
Photo by Elke Verstraeten
“Written when people were confined to their houses, live music was banned and putting four guys together in a room to jam was borderline illegal, we made the decision not to lament and wee, but instead make an album full of positive vibes and hope for better days to return soon. So we started writing songs that made us feel like we were driving through wide-open deserts, exploring new lands or partying at the beach all day and all night long. After exploring outer space on our second album »Hymn Of The Cosmic Man«, this album feels closer to the vibes on our debut »Viper Vixen Goddess Saint«,” the band adds.
Formed in Ghent (Belgium) in 2015, Fire Down Below first stepped into the spotlight with their self-released debut album »Viper Vixen Goddess Saint« in 2016. The album quickly garnered international praise and caught the attention of California-based label Ripple Music, home of some of the finest bands in the world of stoner, doom and heavy rock. Ripple Music re-released VVGS worldwide and released its sophomore album »Hymn Of The Cosmic Man« in 2018. The second album again received excellent critique and Fire Down Below played over 30 shows throughout Europe in the next year.
Album three, »Low Desert Surf Club«, was recorded in late 2022. The band sought and found a producer in Nick DiSalvo, famed frontman of the bands Elder and Delving. Richard Behrens (Samsara Blues Experiment, Big Snuff Studio Berlin) was added to the team to record and mix the nine tracks on the album. »Low Desert Surf Club« will be released on 8 September 2023. With the new album, Fire Down Below is once again ready to rock any stage.
Fire Down Below has become known for energetic live shows, with sweat often dripping from the walls by the time they quit the stage. They have shared line ups with bands like Fu Manchu, Sleep, Monster Magnet, Acid King, Naxatras and Stoned Jesus and appeared on festival such as Desertfest Antwerp (BE), Desertfest London (UK), Desertfest Ghent (BE), Alcatraz Hard Rock and Metal Festival (BE), Ripplefest Cologne (DE) and Westill Fest (FR).
»Low Desert Surf Club« is due out on Vinyl/CD/Digital formats on September 8, 2023. Available worldwide through Ripple Music!
Fire Down Below is:
Kevin Gernaey – Lead Guitar
Sam Nuytens – Drums
Jeroen Van Troyen – Vocals, Guitar
Bert Wynsberghe – Bass