Wovenhand
David Eugene Edwards live 2004
David Eugene Edwards live 2004
Background information
OriginDenver, Colorado, United States
Genres
Years active2001–present
LabelsGlitterhouse Records, Sounds Familyre, Deathwish Inc., Sargent House
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersDavid Eugene Edwards
Ordy Garrison
Chuck French
Neil Keener
Past membersDaniel McMahon
Paul Fonfara
Shane Trost
Peter Van Laerhoven
Gregory Garcia Jr
Pascal Humbert

Wovenhand (also stylized Woven Hand) is an American rock band from Denver, Colorado, United States, led by former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards.

Wovenhand’s songs are known for their strong and unsettling Biblical references, influenced by Edwards‘ atypically dark approach to his Christian faith. [1]

Musical style

Wovenhand’s music has incorporated elements of folk, country blues, gospel, rock and roll, rockabilly, surf, desert blues, progressive rock,[2] post-punk and heavy metal.[3] This style has been classified as indie rock,[4][5][6] Americana,[2][7] Christian rock,[8][9] folk rock,[7][10] gothic rock,[2][9] hard rock,[6][9] alternative country,[11] alternative rock,[12] bluegrass,[13] gospel,[7] gothic folk[14] and neofolk.[15] Cited influences on the band’s music include Joy Division.[16]

History

The band began in 2001 as a solo project for Edwards while 16 Horsepower was taking a temporary hiatus.[17] Wovenhand’s first live shows were performed by Edwards and multi-instrumentalist Daniel McMahon; the self-titled debut album was released in 2002 on Glitterhouse Records. Performances following this record featured Edwards, McMahon, drummer Ordy Garrison and cellist Paul Fonfara. 2003 saw the release of Blush Music, the score to a dance performance mostly composed of reworked material from the first record. Touring behind this album featured Shane Trost replacing Fonfara.

In 2004, Consider the Birds was released on the Sounds Familyre label, which has also released the previous Wovenhand releases domestically. Edwards performed the bulk of the instrumentation in the studio; he and Garrison toured behind the record as a two-piece. 16 Horsepower disbanded the following year, and Edwards further focused his attention on Wovenhand. Peter van Laerhoven, a Belgian guitarist, was added to the lineup, while McMahon and Trost became inactive with the group.

After 2006’s Mosaic, Pascal Humbert, a founding member of 16 Horsepower, became the band’s bassist. 2008’s Ten Stones was the first record from the group written and performed collaboratively – the project had thus evolved into a proper band, albeit with Edwards firmly at its head. In 2009, the band operated as a three-piece, sans Van Laerhoven.

Their fifth studio album, The Threshingfloor was released in June 2010. Shortly thereafter, the group announced touring plans opening for the progressive metal band Tool.[18]

September 2012 saw the release of Wovenhand’s sixth studio album, The Laughing Stalk, produced by Alexander Hacke (who along with Edwards is participating in the reunion of Australian post-punk band Crime And The City Solution). Wovenhand’s lineup for the album was changed once again, as Humbert quit and new bassist Gregory Garcia Jr. along with second guitarist Chuck French were brought in. The resulting record was described as being „the most heavy incarnation that ever existed of Wovenhand“.[11]

Discography

Albums

Other

  • Blush Music (2003) [performance score]
  • Blush (Original Score) (2003) [performance score]
  • Puur (2006) [performance score]
  • Black of the Ink (2011) [Book + 6-track EP re-recorded Best-of]
  • Live at Roepaen (2012) [CD/2LP + DVD]

References

  1. ^ Wovenhand: David Eugene Edwards speaks at length to pastor Jonathan Hanley, https://www.crossrhythms.co.uk/, Retrieved 7−2−21
  2. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. „Artist Biography“. AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  3. ^ Currin, Grayson Haver (May 1, 2014). „Refractory Obdurate“. Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. „Ten Stones Review“. AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  5. ^ Tangari, Joe (June 22, 2010). „The Threshingfloor“. Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  6. ^ a b Brinn, David. „Music: Wovenhand“. Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  7. ^ a b c Reidy, Julia. „The Threshingfloor“. Tiny Mix Tapes.
  8. ^ Stagg, David (July 10, 2014). „Top 100 Christian Rock Albums of all time“. HM Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  9. ^ a b c Kennedy, William (January 24, 2013). „Weaving Spells“. Eugene Weekly. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  10. ^ Currin, Grayson Haver (October 9, 2006). „Mosaic“. Pitchfork. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  11. ^ a b Kropf, Katrin (April 9, 2012). „Wovenhand – The Laughing Stalk“. Nothing but Hope and Passion. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  12. ^ Lawson, Dom (October 1, 2016). „Wovenhand - Star Treatment album review“. Louder. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  13. ^ Nickson, Chris. „Wovenhand Review“. AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  14. ^ Oliphint, Joel (April 24, 2013). „The Laughing Stalk“. Christianity Today. Retrieved 2022-04-10.
  15. ^ Currin, Grayson Haver (May 1, 2014). „Review: Refractory Obdurate“. Pitchfork. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  16. ^ Kelly, Jennifer (October 28, 2008). „WOVEN HAND: TEN STONES“. PopMatters. Retrieved 2022-04-09.
  17. ^ „Archived copy“. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2012-07-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Wovenhand Announce Tour with Tool and New Album Release, Antimusic.com, Retrieved 6−16−10

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