by Tom Breihan
Wovenhand, the Denver group led by the former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards, have developed their own take on American roots music — one that’s grand and dark and gothic, one that draws on doom metal and postpunk as much as folk or country. You could think of them as a deeper-underground version of Swans or Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Two years ago, they released a great album called Refractory Obdurate. And later this year, they’ll follow it up with the new LP Star Treatment. The band recorded the album at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio, with the great Chicago metal producer Sanford Parker behind the boards. And this time around, the band includes Planes Mistaken For Stars members Chuck French and Neil Keener, as well as Crime & The City Solution keyboardist Matthew Smith. Edwards says that it’s a sort of concept album about our human fascination with the night sky. First single “Come Brave” is a vast, dark rager, and it sounds absolutely awesome.