by Ruxandra Stoian, Bucharest, 2015
Listening to Wovenhand is a reminder that if people wouldn’t have a soul, music could certainly create them one.
On the 26th of April, Wovenhand, one of the greatest alternative country bands from the United States, will stick its American roots in the Carpathian soil. Their hard native American influences, combined with post-rock, neo-folk, punk and sometimes the dark sound of rock, will fill up the void from Silver Church, in an authentic and vivid mix of notes.
The voice of David Eugene brings the ancestral callings from the Indian Plains, in a spiritual trip where falling is necessary, for the soul to arise. Maintaining the religious themes about redemption and becoming one with the true nature of self, David Eugene turns into a preacher with his words that lead us to a temple, where the “stones will cry out from the wall.”
The nomad soul will find its path in the mystic, yet rough sound of Wovenhand’s songs, where every blade of grass becomes home. The whole nature comes to live: souls combine into trees, clouds, just like in a pantheistic story, told by David’s baritone voice. Because words can only describe parts of feelings and thoughts, the guitar and banjo will fulfill the scene.
The whole image gets complete by Chuck French’s guitar riffs, by the bass rhythm of Neil Keener and the drums of Ordy Garrisson, beating at once in a single heart as if music turned into a religious ritual.
The new album Refractory Obdurate (2014) is a powerful mixture of electric guitar surges, keeping the same rock and punk influences that David Eugene has been playing it for years (even since 16 Horsepower’s set-up), combined with the Indian and Tuvan throat-singing.
In search of justice and light, this Wovenhand’s album is an attempt to protect what’s most precious for human nature, separating with a trenchant voice the truth from the degrading society. Lyrics turn to mumbling in a synaesthetic rhythm of drums and guitar loops where stories of the higher love and hope are drawn on an Indian soil.
Wovenhand’s album Refractory Obdurate is a volcanic eruption of mixed feelings, stubborn only in giving the audience an authentic live experience that will give you shivers in an act of mystical revelation.
Sophisticart: – Hi David! Tell us about your tour in Europe, how come you’ve decided to visit Romania and why did it take you so long?
D.E.: – Hey! There are many places we have yet to go.
And still, we are happy to be able to go anywhere…
In this spring tour in Europe, Romania is finally in our path and we are glad for this.
Sophisticart: – Your main theme is religion, returning to God and redemption. How does it feel singing this kind of lyrics in a rock environment? We all know that it’s not a very religion-friendly zone. (Even though I’ve found a cover after Oil on panel by Marduk)
D.E.: -It is of course a religious environment…
In music there are all kinds of belief systems involved.
However, Jesus The Christ is not so welcomed for some reasons in this rock area.
Sophisticart: – Do you still collaborate with other bands in this Wovenhand project? I saw are going to sing with Marriages in this tour.
D.E.: -Yes, actually the show itself is the collaboration.
Sophisticart: – I saw you singing in different European churches, which is unique for a rock-country band. The atmosphere and the sound there were amazingly vivid. What do you prefer most: singing in a church or on an open stage?
D.E.: – Well, I have no preference really…
I guess I’m not so interested in chiseled stone.
Sophisticart: – Any difference in the way American people received your previous albums and how the Europeans reacted when hearing your songs?
D.E.: – It is pretty much the same thing, just much less people in the United States that come to our concerts…
More people here are smart enough not to like us :}
Sophisticart: – You come from a religious family. Have it occured to you the idea of becoming a preacher?
D.E.: – No I haven’t. I’m not interested in this either way.
Sophisticart: – You’re singing about Heaven and hell. Do you picture it in any way, as a physical place? Could hell be a matter of feelings, like simply the inability to love and not a room with boiling pitch and horned demons?
D.E.:- The grace and mercy of God in Christ is salvation to many and in the same it can be a torture to others.
Sophisticart: – When composing lyrics, do you have a place of your own or something that gives you a better connection with your higher self?
D.E.:- No, because I like to think that I have no higher self. There is no better angel of my nature.
Sophisticart: – Do you have any new projects you’re involved in at the moment?
D.E.:- Right now, I’m just writing for the next Wovenhand album…and much touring. This month of April will be full of concerts all over Europe.
Thank you for your words and hope to see you soon in Silverchuch on 26th of April at your highly expected live performance with Wovenhand.
More info about Wovenhand on their official website www.wovenhand.com
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