Yesterday night God was in the house. The Patronaat for once gave in to its religious roots and made way for the sermons of David Eugene Edwards. The frontman of 16 hp has a side project called Woven Hand.
Woven Hand sounds old and wise, but uses the latest technology to achieve this goal: samplers, delays and reverbs make sure you hear more than just a drummer and a guitarist. He managed to keep me entangled in his web of fire and brimstone for two hours. Does anybody know what language he's speaking when he's chanting on this drone? I suspect it's something biblical, like Aramese.
A friend of mine was a bit upset by a tattoo on his left arm, displaying a David's Star with a cross in the middle. According to him, it could mean that he believes that the Jews have nailed Jesus to the cross. Personally I couldn't care less if he had fascist signs on his arm. I'm only interested in his music. Naturally, I made no friends with that remark.
Things I learned: use a sample loop with some drone sound to fill the gaps when you're tuning. When the audience started to chatter away, he simply upped the volume. What I see more and more, is artists singing off-mic. This way you look like a nitwit who's completely lost in his music, and you create a lot of dynamics. From loud (in the mic) to almost inaudible (away from the mic). The Evens do this as well, and some other acts I've seen.
Of course I shot a lot of pics. The best can be found here.