I was at the Oosterpoort on Wednesday, and it’s been wel over a year since I was last there. Two concerts in March 2016 and before that I even have to go back all the way to 2014. So a visit to the Oosterpoort venue was well overdue and it couldn’t have been with a better band: Wovenhand!
All the way back in 2004 a friend convinced me I had to come to a concert by a band called 16 Horsepower. For some reason I had a completely different band in my mind and so didn’t think much of it… until I actually saw 16 Horsepower perform in Tivoli/Utrecht. That blew me away. The intensity of that concert was incredible!
I never got to see the band again as 16 Horsepower was over in 2005. However front man David Eugene Edwards had already started a side project with somewhat more folky style. And it was this Wovenhand that I saw in 2005 at Hedon in Zwolle. At that concert I met Coen from the website FileUnder.nl. His photographer wasn’t able to make it to that concert that night and he asked if I could send in some photos and not much later I was included into the FileUnder-team and I’m still a part of that to this day.
I saw Wovenhand again in 2006 and 2012 and after that I’ve missed a few of the bands appearances. However now that they were coming to De Oosterpoort again, I was not about to miss yet another concert.
Opening for the band was Groningen based Sexton Creeps. Psychedelic rock with influences from Nick Cave, 16 Horsepower andSonic Youth. A heavy and somewhat typical set with an enigmatic frontman.
However… as much as I have loved Wovenhand and 16 Horsepower, I was in no way prepared for the huge force that was to come. As long as I remember, David Eugene Edwards has been sitting on a stool during concerts, looking like he’s in a deep trance. And that stool was nowhere to be found. Unfortunately so was the stage light, so I had to work hard to bring home anything at all.
The concert was brutally loud, bordering on the line with ‘Doom metal’. Starting with Indian chanting, the band entered the stage and ripped loose. The concert is still incredibly intense but there’s no folk to be found, it’s heavy all the way. However that’s in no way criticism, it was absolutely awesome. As for the songs, the latest album that I have is the 2008 release ‘ Ten Stones’ (not counting the 2010 live recording at Roepaen) and mainly all the songs on the setlist are from the more recent releases.
David at least still is completely in a world all of his own, but now he does that all over the stage. All during the concert there are little somewhat mystical gestures by him that completely draw you in. It was fantastic to see the band again and I had the time of my life, now for next time just a little bit more light please :)
I missed the end of the show as there was also a concert by the Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at Vanslag and I thought I might be able to catch the second set of that show. Unfortunately they decided on doing one long set so as I arrived at Vanslag the concert was just over making me miss both the end of Wovenhand and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club :( I’ll have to make up for that next time…