Review by Alex:
WOVEN HAND – Munich, Ampere
at the location called “Ampere” (it’s beside the big one called “Muffathalle”)
at 6.30. Nobody was there but we heard that the band was making the soundcheck.
It was obvious that Woven Hand are at work, because of the wonderful drumming
of Ordy. At 7 o’clock we saw the band eating and drinking in the beergarden,
which was next to the Ampere. At 7.45 we entered the location and it was really
a very nice surprise. A small club with a balcony. The stage was very small and
when you stand in front of David (like me at this night) you are at eye-level.
The crowd was very small and we hoped that this will change otherwise Woven
Hand would play in front of approximately 50 people! But shortly before the
show began more people found the way into the Ampere and so it was well
began with an explosive “Tin Finger” and between the song David did some very
nice vocal improvisations. “Whistling Girl” follows – beautiful as always. So
after these two songs – a heavy and a soft one – it was obvious that the sound
was simply perfect for this night. Another vocal improvisations (“Horse Head
Fiddle”) lead into the first new song of the evening: “Beautiful Axe”! A
wonderful track which makes real appetite for the upcoming “Ten Stones” album.
When David played he suddenly stood up and played on on his red Gretsch
Tennessee Red guitar! Then one of my personal all time favorites “The Speaking
Hands” followed in a very powerful way. After that, it was time for another new
song: “Kingdom of Ice”! Therefore David fetched his Banjola and the very
intense track started. It was obvious that David loves to play the new songs.
He was shaking his left foot and before the song ended he stood up – the second
time of the evening! After that the Woven Hand classic “Dirty Blue” followed.
As you can heard of the applause, this song is really loved by almost
everybody. Following David changed the red Gretsch with the black one and
another vocal improvisations lead to the next new song: “Iron Feather”! A
wonderful beauty with some lyrics like “All these tears gathered together, down
your cheek, your neck and feathers”. Nobody applauded afterwards, because of
such a brandnew beauty – almost anybody was touched by this song. “Winter Shaker”
broke the silence and Ordy showed again, how powerful a drummer can play! And
David? Well, he stood the third time up during that song! Vocal improvisations
(parts from „Slota Prow“) introduced „Elktooth“. After one minute a security
guy tipped on my shoulder and said “Stop photographing!”. Well, so I stopped
it, because I didn’t want to hear the rest of the show outside. Then „Deerskin
Doll“ followed. During that song Ordy had some problems with one of his drum
and so he had to fixed it again. But David didn’t stop to play. He just waited
until Ordy was ready again and then they continued – what a wonderful version
it was! I never heard it that way – AMAZING! After that, Pascal, Ordy and Peter
left the stage and David played “Into the Piano” and “Chest of Drawers” solo.
Beautiful and very intense! In my opinion one of highlights of the night. I
enjoyed “Chest of Drawers” with closed eyes. The boys returned to close the
show with a dynamic and heavy “Your Russia“. You could see that Ordy enjoyed
the playing. He kicked the shit out of his drums! This guy is unbelievable! And
the real fans knew that this will be the last song before the encore. After a
short encore break, David entered the stage, fetched the banjola, thanked for
coming to the show tonight and the 16 Horsepower classic “Black Soul Choir“
followed. After a few seconds David stood up again and sang approximately one
meter far from the microphones. Another proof of his beautiful voice which is
getting better and better form year to year! This version was very special,
because of string and technical problems (drowning because of a cell phone)
David interrupted the song three times. But he took it with humour and laughed
a little bit. By the new beginning of the song he said “Voilà!”. Maybe he thought
already about the upcoming gig in Clergoux the next day. Then Pascal, Ordy and
Peter accompanied David for “Truly Golden” (wonderful as always!) and “White
Bird”. So the show ended like it began – VERY POWERFUL AND HEAVY!!!
show we met Peter, David and Ordy and talked a little bit with them. Then they
had to leave – what a fantastic night!
another review in german language can be found here