|Hamburg (D) 03 August 2007 review by Ole
On August 3rd 2007 I had no special things to do. Just to
make an interview with Mr. David Eugene Edwards and to see the opening show of
the Woven Hand summer tour. So I awaked extremely nervous and insanely excited. I was
really concerned about my bad Pidgin- English and I didn´t knew Omri, the other
guy who had invited me to do the interview.
I met Omri at the Bus Station and was really glad that he´s
such a precious guy. We went near to the venue to prepair our interview. The
tour bus was already there. The guy on the other side of the traffic light who crossed
the street was David with very cool sunglasses. We also ´ve met Pascal, Peter
and Ordy doing some shopping and just strolling around. I always enjoy to see these
guys walking through MY streets - normally they are present just in my
Then it was 15:00hrs and a little shyly we entered the
venue to look for David. Inside the Fabrik we met Peter and Pascal drinking
beer and playing soccer in front of the stage. We´ve heard some strange sounds from backstage, then David
appeared with a toy flute (for children, this one with a rolling paper) making
funny noises. He came to us and then I had my one and only black out. I think
he presented himself but I can´t remember exactly, I just realized the we shook
hands without me finding another word than „Hello“. He asked us where we wanted to go but we decided to make it
just right there in the audience hall of the Fabrik to save time (though Peter
and Pascal had to stop playing soccer).
About the interview I am bounded not to reveal anything
until it will be broadcasted (appr. middle of september), I will keep you
informed here and in the saloon). Just this: if you wanna listen a 45 minutes-
interview containing surprising answers about Woven Hand and 16 Horsepower,
about religion, plans, politics and much more, don´t miss it! (I am the guy
stammering a very german sounding english). And this: everything went well!
After this Omri and me walked to my home to relax (I was
able to eat for the first time on that day). We entered very early to get a good place. The first row
was nearly complete occupied very early.
Then the band entered the stage, David took his bandoneon
and opened with Harms Way !! I was not the only one who was almost moved to
tears. It was such a joy to listen again to a 16 Horsepower song played in 16
HPs way. I´d never ever thought that my ears would listen to 16 HP again.
The setlist was completely different from former tours.
That´s consistent because Woven Hand already has been to Hamburg in last July
to play songs from Mosaic. Second song was „Tin Fingers“, one of my favorite live
songs (and it should be the favorite songs of all photografers).
Here´s the complete setlist:
Whistling Girl (with Banjola [not bandana as I wrote first])
They´ve played most of the songs in a very hard and
aggressive way, it was a pleasure! The Fabrik was only half sold-out but the
audience was excellent -at least 4 saloon members ;-) The crowd went completely mad when they´ve played „American
For me it was one of the best shows I´ve ever seen. Even if
they hadn´t played the 16 HP- bandoneon songs.
like Woven Hand were suprised that they were forced
to play a second encore. After this they came back to sign CDs (without
as far as I know but I havn´t been there until the end). Pascal
told me that he deeply enjoyed to play 16 HP- Songs because "we grew up
with them". "We, too", I answered.
It has been my greatest Woven Hand- day ever. I am still not
completely „cured“ by this and still full of undigested impressions and shivers
running down my spine.
Although it´s not easy for me, I will go to Berlin next
Monday!!! Hope to see you there ;-)