>>> Pre 'Fall of Chronopolis' tour & LP recording <<< 


   by Nicky Garratt  

I hate those leeringly uttered words, "Do you want some more?" Encores should be earned. Perhaps a short one can be gratuitously offered like dessert after a meal. Coaxing an encore out of an audience is crass but sometimes the pomp and pageantry can be dialled back by just building in the ‘encore’ number into the set.
We knew Sacramento would be tough on a Monday night. It was perhaps a little better than last night though, at least we sold a little merch and yes, did that stealth encore.
St James were on top form and quickly won over the audience. They do not use set lists and choose different songs nightly. 
Apparently a transformer for the lighting controller was left in Concord. We had a temporary engineer for that show and we scrabbled to replace it right before the set. 
The Sax player from the opening act lived close enough to go to his garage and find one that worked for the time being, but in the morning we need to find a replacement before the five hour drive to Ashland. 
Our set was shaky but people didn't seem to notice, I did end up swapping out the Starcaster for a Breadwinner after Concord and that seemed to do the trick. The bus, despite all the anxiety is really nice. For the first time in years we have ample room for everything. 
Before the drive to Ashland Jason, Kephera and St James’ drummer Jeff took the bus to get everything sorted out with the stereo and picked up two transformers.
Hedersleben with St James and The Apostles heading down the highway...
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The bus is actually performing very well. The drive through Northern California into Oregon is stunningly beautiful and the diesel engine seems powerful enough to get up the steep hills. The idea of playing Ashland on a Tuesday is in the hope of making enough money to get up to Portland. We managed that, plus sold a little merch but despite being the ‘pick of the week’ in the Rogue Valley Messenger, it was pretty dead.
We headed off after the show an hour north to stay in the woods and woke up the next morning in a sturdy house built in a valley surrounded by Manzanita and Fir trees. Wi-Fi enabled me to get some business done before everyone woke - even out in the bus where I slept. 
The beautiful drive up to Portland took a few hours and we arrived at KBOO in plenty of time. Branden the DJ is one of those old school, passionate music guys who belongs on the radio like a Giraffe on the savannah. 
St James & the Apostles acted like a road crew for us and helped enormously to keep things running smoothly. In fact guitarist/singer James Mahon jumped in and mixed for us. It all went okay, but Kephera suddenly didn't feel too well. So immediately after the show we got her on the bus. 
Above: Here's a photo from KBOO.
Left to Right: Ariana Jade, Kephera Moon, Ursula Stuart, Jason Willer, Jeff Castner (St James), James Mahon, (St James), Nicky Garratt, Mike Kiker (St James) - click image to enlarge
Photo by Kate Welch - cheers Kate!
We played; ‘An Empire’, ‘Ghost Armada’, ‘3rd Time Fleet’, ‘Fall Of Chronopolis’ and ‘The Imperator’. I forgot that we were going to play the last song which caused us to scramble to switch everything back on; resulting in a few late entrances and chaos at the start.
This morning we can relax as the drive to Salem is a short one but as always; I can't seem to sleep past around 7:30am when I'm on the road. This often leaves me four or more hours before the others get up…
  ...Nicky Garratt 23 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 3   

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 third part of Nicky's tour diary has been published today (25/04/2015)


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..."