Hawkwind, Hedersleben and Tiny Shrine
Where: Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club
109 7 Avenue S.W Calgary
When: Thursday October 19th, 2017
Admission: $15.00 Advance Available at https://slothrecords.wordpress.com/ or https://www.myshowpass.com/nik-turners-hawkwind-hedersleben-and-tiny-shr...
Nik Turner's Hawkwind
One of the founding members of Hawkwind, saxophonist/flutist Nik Turner has had perhaps the most prolific and varied outside career of all the group's many alumni. Turner grew up in Margate, Kent, England, with future Hawkwind bandmate Robert Calvert, and came to Hawkwind's original 1969 lineup from a band called Mobile Freakout. Turner was an integral part of the band's prime period, contributing not only sax and flute work but also vocals and occasional songwriting (including the band staple "Brainstorm," which appeared on 1972's Doremi Fasol Latido, and the classic "Silver Machine," which he co-wrote with Dave Brock). Turner's final album with Hawkwind was 1976's Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, after which group leader Brock fired most of his personnel (including Turner).
XitintodayTurner used his newfound freedom to travel to Egypt, where he soaked up the history and culture, and also made a recording of his flute music in the King's Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. With backing from several musicians associated with Gong, the results were released in 1978 as Turner's solo debut Xitintoday (credited to Nik Turner's Sphynx). Turner next played on the 1979 Mother Gong album Fairy Tales, and headed up a new group called the Inner City Unit, which also featured guitarist Trevor Thomas, bassist Baz Magneto (soon replaced by Dead Fred Reeves), and drummer Mick Stupp. The group's debut album, Pass Out, was issued in 1980, displaying an odd blend of influences that ranged from prog rock to punk and big-band swing. Turner rejoined Hawkwind in 1981, but initially continued to record with the Inner City Unit, which released The Maximum Effect in 1981 and Punkadelic the following year. Also appearing in 1982 was Ersatz, an ICU collaboration with Turner's boyhood friend and Hawkwind mate Robert Calvert. Turner departed Hawkwind once again in 1984, restarting the Inner City Unit and releasing New Anatomy.
The Presidents Tapes In 1985, Turner relocated to the western side of Wales, where he set up a new age community in a fairly rural, isolated area. The ICU released The Presidents Tapes that same year, which would prove to be Turner's last album with the group; he left in 1986 to concentrate on a smaller-scale project called the Nik Turner All-Stars, who took the big-band swing predilections of the ICU into relatively straightforward territory. The group never recorded, remaining a largely local and concert-oriented outfit. In the early '90s, Turner moved to California, where he began working with progressive, industrial-influenced artists like Helios Creed and Pressurehed. He also resumed his solo recording career, beginning with 1993's Sphynx, a belated sequel to the Egyptian-themed Xitintoday. Released in 1994, Prophets of Time involved former Hawkwind members Simon House and Del Dettmar, with whom Turner would work frequently over the rest of the decade, sometimes as part of the spacy Anubian Lights (which also included members of Pressurehed, and debuted on record in 1995). Also in 1994, Turner put together a new backing band called Space Ritual that was mostly devoted to performing Hawkwind repertoire. The group toured in 1994 and 1995, releasing live recordings culled from each year (Space Ritual and Past or Future?, respectively). Turner remained active well into to the 2010s, frequently collaborating with various Swedish prog rock bands, including Darxtar and the Moor, and releasing a handful of solo albums, including 2013's well-received Space Gypsy, which he issued via Cleopatra. The similarly progressive Space Fusion Odyssey arrived in 2015, followed in 2017 by the thematic Life in Space. - www.allmusic.com
The proggy space rock experiments of Bay Area band Hedersleben took shape in 2011 during a cosmic jam session -- in a small German village of the same name -- between U.K. Subs founding member Nicky Garratt and Embryo bassist Uve Müllrich. While Garratt was busy with various other projects, including work with Krautrock legends Brainticket and Hawkwind's Nik Turner, the inspiration from that jam stayed with him and he began putting together a rotating cast of players that would embody the prog-minded spectral sounds he'd begun exploring in the village of Hedersleben. Under Garratt’s vision, the collective released their debut album, Upgoer, in 2013, featuring former U.K. Subs drummer Jason Willer, bassist Bryce Shelton, vocalist/keyboardist Kephera Moon, and Garratt on guitar. They returned less than a year later with second album Die Neuen Welten, this time with Moon still on keys but with vocal duties handled by Kati Knox. Over the course of their various albums and tours, the membership of Hedersleben remained fluid, with different players moving in and out of their roles as necessary. 2015’s sci-fi-themed The Fall of Chronopolis featured a shuffled lineup including vocalist Ariana Jade, as did 2017’s Orbit, which featured lead vocals by Alicia Previn, daughter of classical conductor Andre Previn. Following the release of Orbit, the band scaled back to a quartet and began work on a fifth album. - www.allmusic.com
Calgary via San Francisco’s Tiny Shrine is a flickering candle amid a great storm. No matter how strong the winds and the rain, their fire burns on. The band’s steady-building, full-bodied shoegaze takes the listener on far-out sonic voyages. - www.sledisland.com/2016/tiny-shrine