It was ten years ago when the world witnessed the first signs of life from David Eugene Edwards‘new band Wovenhand („Woven Hand“in the beginning). 16 Horsepower still existed at that time, but the three core members, bass player Pascal Humbert, drummer Jean-Yves Tola and David Eugene were slowly drifting apart. However, they still managed to release „Folklore“in the same year, a fierce, intense and radical final studio cooperation.
In the meantime David Eugene’s solo project stepped out of 16 Horsepower’s long shadow. Six albums later old fans still feverishly worship David Eugene and his sound, a legion of new fans have converted and Woven Hand has undertaken an incredible development.
What both bands have in common is the intense personality of frontman David Eugene Edwards. It’s difficult to find a performer in the current rock- and indie scene that matches his expressive voice and rivals his stage presence. In fact you will have to go back a couple of decades… Jim Morrison? Ian Curtis? These are the legends that come to mind when looking for a frontman of equal charisma as David Eugene Edwards, someone who really can cast a spell over an audience like the singer and guitarist from Denver, Colorado.
A Wovenhand gig always is a special event, a deep experience of emotional intensity that sucks you in, turns over body and soul and spits you out leaving a feeling of purification. This is not your average rock & roll concert; this is a life-changing experience.
An experience that also works on a musical level: Ordy Garrison (drums), Pascal Humbert (bass, guitar) and Jeff Linsenmeier (keyboards) melt into David’s guitar- and banjo-playing, support his vocals and his shamanic spoken work passages and form a powerful entity that masters everything from the most filigree and quiet sounds to an intense rock crescendo that puts most metal bands to shame.
This exact line-up (Edwards, Garrison, Humbert and Linsenmeier) plus Greek percussion player Lukas Metaxas played a gig in an old church in Ottersum (Netherlands) in October 2010. An ancient building well known for its very special atmosphere and amazing acoustics, the room was the perfect setting for Woven Hand’s first live album – Live At Roepan. And due to high-end recording facilities the sound is sensational and of course, without overdubs. Every song (three stem from Folklore, 16 Horsepower’s swan song) is a significant progression from the studio version and the whole album acts as the missing piece in the band’s recorded output.
On top of this both the CD as well as the 180 gram double-vinyl version will come with a bonus DVD of the gig, filmed on location with 8 cameras by WDR’s Rockpalast crew. And last but not least Live At Roepaen will feature the complete magic evening and adds 20 minutes to the original Rockpalast television broadcast.
This live album is not only a must for every fan; it sets the standard for all future audio and visual live releases. And it is the ideal entrance into David Eugene Edwards’ wonderful and unique musical cosmos!