Well, considering that Brockwind cancelled its North American tour–twice!–last year, I figured I might as well see the closest thing (which, in terms of founding members, is just as close as the other thing) in Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, aka Nikwind. Mind you, my main reason for attending this gig was the touring support. Witch Mountain is one of my favourite female-fronted doom bands going today, and since they reside on the other side of the continent, I’ll always make a point of seeing ‘em whenever they’re in town. And hey, Nikwind puts on a pretty stellar show in its own right. ;)
I didn’t catch all of opening act Hedersleben, an experimental kraut rock band that may or may not actually be from Germany, but let’s just say they were kinda like Hawkwind in disguise. (Foreshadowing much?)
Much like the first time I saw em, a couple years back, Witch Mountain was touring in support of a new album that I hadn’t even heard yet. (In fact, I just bought a copy at the gig.) But while the songs were all new, they maintained that signature Portland style, and Uta Plotkin’s voice is still as amazing as ever!
Now, I will say this about Nikwind. Not sure what an actual Hawkwind gig was like back in the day, but they did a pretty decent job of recreating the atmosphere I’d imagine. Frankly, I’m just glad I got to see someone play “Silver Machine…”
Hmm, haven’t I seen this guy before?
Note the “What Would Lemmy Do” container atop the bass head: