Belgian stoner rockers FIRE DOWN BELOW share new single “Cocaine Hippo”; new album out September 8th on Ripple Music.

Belgium’s fast-rising stoner rock torchbearers FIRE DOWN BELOW unleash the third single taken from their upcoming new album “Low Desert Surf Club”, to be released this September 8th on Ripple Music.

About this raucous new single, FIRE DOWN BELOW say: “The song is, perhaps unfortunately, neither about cocaine nor hippos, it’s a working title that just sounded way too cool to drop. It’s the album opener and the message is: ‘get in the car and buckle up, we’re driving to the desert and it’s going to be wild’, and the lyrics are emphasizing that from the first line: ‘Start ‘er up, we’ll take you for a ride!’. It’s the kind of song we’d want to hear playing on the radio when we’re driving on the desert highways. There are also some references to the album’s artwork (by Christi duToit) in the lyrics”

Get high on fuzz with new single “Cocaine Hippo
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. Check out their latest singles “California” and “Airwolf“!

FIRE DOWN BELOW “Low Desert Surf Club”
Out September 8th on Ripple Music
US preorder – Bandcamp

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 (GER) and Westill Fest (FR).

About their new album, they say: “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.” 

Kevin Gernaey – lead guitar
Sam Nuytens – drums
Jeroen Van Troyen – vocals, guitar
Bert Wynsberghe – bass