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


   by Nicky Garratt  

The "collective" called Snake Farm is very interesting. 
I've seen these type of living communities many times across Europe. There they are usually Squats, here they have rented a complex in a more undesirable area and created a Mad Max style village. 
19 people live in units about the size of, and sometimes actually, shipping containers. It is very colourful but quite organised. Everyone has plenty of freedom to create their own space. I took a shower in a cobbled-together small greenhouse first thing in the morning.  There is a communal kitchen, bathroom and even some sort of fish keep/hydroponic garden. That seemed somewhat arbitrary and more symbolic than functional. 
Photo below: Homeward bound Kaphera (Driving) and Ariana - click to enlarge
With a few hours before we needed to go to Long Beach, we dropped in on Amoeba Records for Jason and Ari to boost their Prog vinyl collections. Jason found the first Curved Air and a couple of Family records and Ari found Uriah Heep Live.
I've played Alex's Bar a few times before, it's a great venue, if a little on the dark side. Tonight is the last show of the tour and talk has turned to the nuances of the upcoming recording. 
I've not mentioned this until now, but Ursula is pregnant. Now she has had time to let her circle of friends know she has given me the nod to mention it. This means the bass parts on the album will be shared in some fashion. She will play the songs we toured with but the on-going album layout calls for a few additional tracks which we might get the replacement bass player to finish off. This will mean the replacement will at least be on a couple of tracks which is nice if you are out slogging around the country promoting it. 
We are starting to gather fans and one guy had caught three shows on this tour, although with the early start missed us in LA. 
The opening band Roco Jet are a three piece out of LA. https://www.facebook.com/RocoJet. They played a delicate acid folk; they and Inner Ear Brigade, for me, were our most interesting opening bands of the tour.
This might have been the best show for us of the tour. The energy level was great, and the set flowed really well with enough of a crowd to maintain an atmosphere. It was Sunday night, but we went down great. People were calling for an encore, but our secret is, is that we'd played all the music that Ursula has learnt. 
Yes it was a great night, Space Bath were brought in at the last minute to replace China's Chui Wan whose visas were delayed. 
After the show we went to a record store and spent the night there. 
The tour is over. It already seems like ages since St James left after the San Francisco show.
On reflection, the tour can be seen as a success in that we stayed in the black, mostly due to owning the bus and with continued work the whole project is becoming viable. 
A dozen or so more people per night would have been nice, but merch sales made it less painful going into the studio for Fall Of Chronopolis.
 ...Nicky Garratt 5 May 2015

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 7  

'Pregnant pause'

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 seventh part of Nicky's tour diary has been published today (06/05/2015)


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..."