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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Tuesday, November 09, 2004
    The Uncomfortable Faith of David Eugene Edwards
    "What I try to do with my music is to say that it's never enough, and it never will be enough. It doesn't matter what you do - how good you are. It doesn't matter what you've done - how bad you are. ... Basically, my job is to tell people that they are hopeless. Hopeless without Christ."

    In the mould of Johnny Cash, David Eugene Edwards aka Woven Hand, is pretty clear about his life's mission. Ain't no middle ground in his world. His music's uncompromising too. The article in Paste magazine indicates what a lonely road he's thus set himself upon:

    As his message is an uncomfortable fit for those who don't share his faith, and his music is anathema to the comparably sterile contemporary Christian music establishment, he now assumes an unusual place in the modern musical pantheon. Rubbing elbows with artists who don't share his view but have come to similar conclusions on the ethical deficits that define man's condition, Edwards holds tightly to his idea of the uncomfortable truth. "They can see it. All men can see it," Edwards says of the ugliness that colors man's character and leaves him in need of redemption. "Whether they want to spend any time looking at it or not is another story. And I've always been drawn to those kinds of people, whether they were Christians or not, like Joy Division, Nick Cave, Tom Waits. There's not a lot of hope there, but there is truth."

    His influences show in his tortured country sounds. His new cd's out now. This week I am engrossed in his entire back catalogue. It is a purging, purifying experience.