About ten years ago David Eugene Edwards’ new band Wovenhand (Woven Hand in the beginning) debuted with their self-titled album. His main band 16 Horsepower was still active at that time, but their three members – David Eugene, as well as Pascal Humbert (bass) and Jean-Yves Tolà (drums) were slowly drifting apart. Yet in the same year they still managed to release “Folklore” – a blistering album and their studio swansong. Long since has this former solo-project stepped out of 16 Horsepower’s long shadow.Wovenhand have just finished their 7th album – “The Laughing Stalk” – which represents the most radical change in the history of the band. After touring their last album “The Threshingfloor” long time collaborator Pascal Humbert left the band to move back to his native France. A turning point for David Eugene who reconsidered the basic music concept of the band and decided to break new ground. He kept drummer Ordy Garrison from the old line-up and recruited new members Chuck French (guitar) and Gregory Garcia JR. (Bass) resulting in the “most heavy incarnation” of the band ever. “Intense” was a word commonly used when describing the sound of the band. Especially on stage the last line-up was an incredible force, but the current band managed to transport this “heavyness” into the studio while losing nothing of its love for detail or delicate arrangements. That was accomplished by producer Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) who has created an intoxicating mix of guitars and other stringed instruments in the final mix.