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   by Nicky Garratt  

We had a relaxing day in Portland.
I walked a couple of miles to Safeway’s and stocked up on cans of vegetables. I'm trying to be good and avoid the dreaded gas station cuisine. 
Most tours start off that way then the tedium of freeway travel overrides the will. Still this is only a short tour so I think I can make it. One thing about Portland is they have rain, and with the serious drought in California it really is nice to be surrounded by greenery. Showers seem to come regularly and the area we are staying in is stocked with majestic trees. 
Salem was a success, reasonable crowd; both St. James and Hedersleben went down really well. The Fifty is more of a bar than a club with no stage. Still, it meant we didn't need to worry about fitting our gear onto a little rectangle. This was a vinyl gig and we sold a decent amount of LPs. The younger crowd are usually interested in vinyl, it's collectable and an alternative to the disposable YouTube/iTunes pop market. The older audience, mostly when we tour with Nik Turner, prefer CDs.
I think having ditched their vinyl collections in the early 90s they are not about to rebuild it. Yet they still want to feel the album in hand. My favourite gig in the USA is Sellersville Theater in PA. The audience there is discerning and knowledgeable, there, CDs for us outsold vinyl there maybe 5 to 1.
We drove back at about 3:30 in the morning and on more than one occasion passing cars honked at us. Finally, a car pulled up beside us and indicated that the back door was open. Indeed it was and the pelican flight cases were stacked right up to the gaping door. We did a check of the essential large items and they seem to be all there.
Portland was one of the best shows yet. We had a decent crowd who were responsive to all three bands. The three piece RLLRBLL opened. They have been around for a long time playing something close to Krautrock. The club's stage area was really cramped and we were playing amid cases and equipment from the other bands. Things started late and we finished at around 12:30. Someone suggested that we should be playing art theaters instead of rock clubs.
I see the wisdom in that, but how to do that without sufficient name recognition?
As we parked the bus I noticed that we have a headlight out. We will need to get that fixed in Seattle…

After the drive further up the west coast we dropped Ursula off at her house and took the bus in; just a $12 light bulb fixed the problem!

Hedersleben have played Seattle twice before opening for Nik Turner; so we hoped we might get a good crowd. The LoFi is a perfect space for the band. It has a big stage and decent sound system. Tonight two opening bands are on the line-up before St. James. The first was an improv band with a clear Can influence. The second featured the sound engineer. He played a double neck six string guitar/sitar. St. James and The Apostles played well as always, coming down off the stage at the end to utilize the out-of-tune piano in a cowboy saloon jam. The crowd had thinned out for them but those who stayed were impressed.

Talking to people at the Merch table I found out that some had seen us before on the Nik Turner tour, some had heard us on Henry Rollins’ radio show (see photo below) and others read the preview in Seattle's preview paper.

We changed the set a little tonight putting ‘Somewhen Veaa (Dreamstate)’ later. This bettered the dynamics. The stage sound was great and we were a hit. It finally felt right. (See photo above...)

It was the best sales night since going out with Nik Turner, vinyl, vinyl, vinyl...

We are staying in a warehouse with a big Mexican fruit and vegetable market across the road selling the best Mangos. I ate two yesterday and will go back today

  ...Nicky Garratt 26 April 2015

Huge thanks to Mike Kiker (organist, pianist, bassist and multi-instrumentalist for
St James & The Apostles) for 
some of the photos used for Nicky's tour diary...
    St. James & The Apostles' Facebook page - click here   


Hedersleben 3 are:
Nicky Garratt - Guitar
Jason Willer - Drums & Percussion
Kephera Moon - Keys, Synths & Vocals
Ariana Jade - Vocals & Violin
Ursula Stuart - Bass & Vocals

   Live preview of new song from forthcoming Hedersleben album   

On their Facebook page, the band publicised "a clip from the last tour featuring a track from our up and coming album titled 'The Fall of Chronopolis'..." which you can watch below





   Nicky' Tour Diary Part 4   

Time & Matter are absolutely thrilled that ex-U.K. Subs guitarist Nicky Garratt has resumed his popular 'NICKY'S GUITAR NOTES' exclusive articles for this website.

The fourth part of Nicky's tour diary has been published today (27/04/2015)


Nicky will be detailing his thoughts about the preparations for his Krautrock/Spacerock band Hedersleben, who will be recording their eagerly anticipated third album 'Fall Of Chronolpolis', after this current tour finishes...

Regarding his ongoing Hedersleben project, Nicky enthused to T&M that "Hedersleben are doing very well, the reviews on the new (second) album have been great. Read them here: http://hedersleben.com/merchandise-reviews2.html.
The recording on the third album 'Fall Of Chronopolis' starts on May 7th with our new bass player 
Ursula Stuart and violinist player Ariana Jade, both of whom will also provide vocalshttp://hedersleben.com/news.html"
"This will be our most ambitious project to date - The Fall Of Chronopolis. Movements from this concept album were played live on the 2013 and 2014 tours and now the band is in rehearsals for a spring recording... my articles for T&M will give you exclusive insights to this exciting time for Hedersleben.."
Hedersleben 3 Tour 2015 (With St James and the Apostles)

Click the above tour poster to enlarge



The Time & Matter webstore has got the first two Hedersleben CDs in stock, of which we have a limited amount signed by Nicky, and we have also just taken stock of a limited number of Brainticket CDs, which Nicky has kindly also exclusively autographed for us...

Buy Hedersleben I CD - click here (autographed by Nicky Garratt)
Buy Hedersleben II CD - click here (not autographed)
Buy Brainticket CD - click here (autographed by Nicky Garratt)



The following articles/news have previously appeared on T&M and are added here to give the reader further information on Nicky's ongoing Hedersleben project...

  Nicky Garratt T&M Exclusive 

  Nicky explains the new songs exclusively for T&M  

Nicky Garratt's new band Hedersleben have a brand album out now. Entitled 'Die Neuen Welten', it is the second of a trio of albums, and follows on from their 2013 debut 'Upgoer'.
Time & Matter are pleased to announce that we are now stocking the second Hedersleben CD, 'Die Neuen Welten', featuring Nicky Garratt as well as ex-U.K. Subs drummer Jason Willer...
New album line-up: 
Nicky Garratt - Guitars / Kephera Moon - Keys / Kati Knox - Vocals / Bryce Shelton - Bass / Jason Willer - Drums/Percussion.

"This is the only time I've ever explained the meaning of these songs!

I envisioned the first 3 Hedersleben LPs from the band’s inception.
It's Time and Matter - or strictly Time and Space - in a sense.
The first album 'Upgoer' is about humanities ultimate goal of going up.

Upgoer (part one)
We look up! You will hear the sounds of Earth and at the end the voice is a recording of the last speaker of a dead language.
Der Donnervogel (Dreamstate)
Up we go and we pass, allegorically, through the mythical Thunderbird constellation.
Dark Nebula
Thoughts during the journey. (Words by K. Bean).
Upgoer (Part 2)
The expansive galaxy engulfs the ship as do the possibilities.
The End of Love. (Dreamstate)
The crew emerge from the cryogenic machines. To them they have just said their goodbyes to lovers, friends and families who have, by now been dead for thousands of years.

The second, new album, 'Die Neuen Welten' continues our saga as we celebrate the new worlds discovered by the Kepler space telescope. Now these planets await.

Zu Den Neuen Welten
To the new worlds.
(On The Ground) Safe and Sound
The unmanned probe lands.
Nomad World (Dreamstate)
We know planets can be ejected from star systems to drift darkly through interstellar space. It has been postulated that they might be more numerous than stellar bound worlds. These orphans mimic humanity itself until we can show we are not alone.
One of Space telescope Kepler's triumphs.
Tiny Flowers/Little Moon
…and life goes on. Little Moon is our keyboard player Kephera's world - you'll need a passport.

The third album 'Fall Of Chronopolis' is about that unsettling dimension that robs us of everything: Time. It is based on the glorious book of the same name by Barrington J.Bayley.


It is due to be recorded next year..."

Nicky Garratt 16 July 2014


Hedersleben released a 17 minute film/video version of Zu Den Neuen Welten back in August 2014. It was shot and directed by Erren Franklin, and at the end of the piece, there is a little footage of what Nicky described to T&M as "Hedersleben goofing around..."