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Spindrift – The Legend Of God’s Gun

August 7, 2009

Label: Tee Pee Records
Rating: 2 guns

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Review By: Ralph Greco, Jr.

A ‘Psychedelic western band’ is what Spindrift is called in their press. Consisting of Kirpatrick Thomas and Henry EvanKirpatrick Thomas on guitar and vocals, Henry Evans-bass and baritone (whatever this is?) guitar, Dave Koenig -rhythm guitar and harmonica, Julie Patterson-organ and lap steel, Jason “Plucky” Anchondo and Dan Allaire drums and Marcos Diableros, playing harmonium, autoharp, melodica, the band is re-releasing their 2005 “The Legend Of God’s Gun” to coincide with the release of the film of the same name.

It’s definitely a soundtrack ‘thang’ we’re into here, a loose, little-to-self-aware-for-its-own-good collection of tunes that truly don’t deliver beyond some loudness.

The title track has a cool jangle guitar lagging beat, “Conversation with a Gun” shows Henry Evans’ walking bass in good form and “Preacher’s Theme” is kinda spooky cool-this might be the best tune of he 14 here for me-with a nice acoustic guitar with odd keys western feel, and “Greenhorn’s Introduction” is neat enough, at least the beginning, the lifting harmonium and autoharp at the end bring it around enough to make it interesting tune here. But too many of the tunes on “The Legend Of God’s Gun” are like “Indian Run” which starts out cool with chanting and rambling drums and guitar but by two minutes it’s has run it’s course (and it stays with it another minute or so!) and “Blessing The Bullets”, while a great title, its the same ole heavy electric riff that sounds like much of everything before it.

The sad fact of a soundtrack -even an album that maybe wasn’t meat to be a soundtrack-is that what connects the songs sometimes is not a strong enough concept to begin with You get lackluster tunes, certainly not something worthy of a full collection of songs but one can tell Spindrift probably has something interesting to say, they nearly pull out the stops on “The Scorpion’s Venom” with getting close to something unique, but alas most of God’s falls flat for me. I’d like to hear something else from these guys (and girl) and while I can’t completely recommend this one I do think the band is talented.

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Spindrift Announce Dates w/ The Dandy Warhols, Monolith Festival, and More

July 14, 2009

Download This! – “The Legend Of God’s Gun

Spindrift have announced that they will be embarking on a US Tour this summer that includes a string of dates supporting The Dandy Warhols and a performance at the Monolith Festival in Denver!

The band will be releasing The Legend Of God’s Gun on July 21st through Tee Pee Records.

Mixing the dusty, cinematic soundscapes of old spaghetti-western films with the mind-expanding Psych Rock of modern practitioners like The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre (not to mention drone forefathers The Velvet Underground), L.A.’s Spindrift makes music that sounds like what one would hear while tripping in the desert on a vision quest.

Originally formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Kirpatrick Thomas as two bands — an East Coast Rock one and a West Coast version more in line with Thomas’ Ennio Morricone Jones — the frontman bled all of the influences into one and dropped anchor in California, forming a seven-piece band (including former BJM and Warlocks members) to re-create the spooky Old West sounds in his head. The unique hybrid caught the ears of Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones early, leading him to champion the band on his popular L.A. radio show. Since then, Spindrift has worked songs into movie soundtracks — most notably the indie The Legend of God’s Gun, in which the band’s music plays a starring role — and are currently enjoying success with The West, the band’s first album for the Dandy Warhols’ Beat the World label.

Both haunting and hallucinogenic, “The Legend of God’s Gun” soundtrack takes the listener on a cosmic journey through the desert as a preacher-turned-gunslinger sets out for vengeance.

With a guitar in one hand and six-shooter in the other, neo-cosmic cowboy Kirpatrick Thomas and his current band of banditos resurrect the spirits of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai and combines them with the ghosts of Velvet Underground and Jim Morrison, weaving a dusty backdrop to a story of sin and salvation in the wild wild west.

Spindrift On Tour!
7/31 – The Henry Miller Library – Big Sur, CA*
8/01 – Downtown Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA**
8/02 – Audie’s Olympic – Fresno, CA
8/04 – The Prospector – Long Beach, CA
8/07 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA***
8/25 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
8/26 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
8/27 – Cake Shop – New York, NY
8/28 – AS220 – Providence, RI
8/29 – Talking Head – Baltimore, MD
8/30 – Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH
8/31 – The Majestic Cafe – Detroit, MI
* w/ Sleepy Sun, Dead Meadow, Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound
** w/ Dead Meadow
*** w/ Gris Gris

Spindrift with The Dandy Warhols:
9/01 – The Vogue Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
9/03 – The Beaumont – Kansas City, MO
9/04 – Pop’s – East St. Louis, IL
9/05 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
9/07 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
9/08 – The Granada Theatre – Dallas, TX
9/09 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
9/11 – Sunshine Theatre – Albuquerque, NM
9/12 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
9/13 – The Monolith Festival – Morrison, CO

Spindrift will release The Legend Of God’s Gun July 21st on Tee Pee Records.

June 19, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Spindrift – The Legend Of God’s Gun

This will be the first official release of the soundtrack to their critically acclaimed film of the same name.

“[Spindrift has] upgraded the master’s spaghetti sonics for the new millennium on its imminent full-length debut The West…” -Wired.com

“L.A.’s leading practitioners of exotic soundscapes, conjuring up dreamy spells that alternately evoke spaghetti Westerns, psychedelia, dusty blues and Old World klezmer.” -LA Weekly
Mixing the dusty, cinematic soundscapes of old spaghetti-western films with the mind-expanding Psych Rock of modern practitioners like The Dandy Warhols and Brian Jonestown Massacre (not to mention drone forefathers The Velvet Underground), L.A.’s Spindrift makes music that sounds like what one would hear while tripping in the desert on a vision quest.

Originally formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist Kirpatrick Thomas as two bands — an East Coast Rock one and a West Coast version more in line with Thomas’ Ennio Morricone Jones — the frontman bled all of the influences into one and dropped anchor in California, forming a seven-piece band (including former BJM and Warlocks members) to re-create the spooky Old West sounds in his head. The unique hybrid caught the ears of Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones early, leading him to champion the band on his popular L.A. radio show. Since then, Spindrift has worked songs into movie soundtracks — most notably the indie The Legend of God’s Gun, in which the band’s music plays a starring role — and are currently enjoying success with The West, the band’s first album for the Dandy Warhols’ Beat the World label.

Both haunting and hallucinogenic, “The Legend of God’s Gun” soundtrack takes the listener on a cosmic journey through the desert as a preacher-turned-gunslinger sets out for vengeance.

With a guitar in one hand and six-shooter in the other, neo-cosmic cowboy Kirpatrick Thomas and his current band of banditos resurrect the spirits of Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai and combines them with the ghosts of Velvet Underground and Jim Morrison, weaving a dusty backdrop to a story of sin and salvation in the wild wild west.

The Legend Of God’s Gun Tracklisting:
1. In The Beginning…
2. Titoli
3. The Legend Of God’s Gun
4. Conversation With A Gun
5. Preacher’s Theme
6. The New West (instrumental)
7. Speak To The Wind
8. Organ Fugue In Dm Op 42
9. Burn The Church
10. Greenhorn’s Introduction
11. Girlz Booze and Gunz
12. Blessing The Bullets
13. The Scorpion’s Venom
14. Indian Run

Upcoming Tour Dates:
June 17th: The Redwood – Los Angeles, CA
June 19th: Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
June 20th: The Lounge Underground – Monterey, CA
June 22nd: The Press Club – Sacramento, CA

UPCOMING TEE PEE RELEASES:
4/07: ASSEMBLE HEAD IN SUNBURST SOUND – WHEN SWEET SLEEP RETURNED
4/21: BLACK MATH HORSEMAN – WYLLT
4/21: THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX – TAB 4
5/05: HOPEWELL – GOOD GOOD DESPERATION
5/19: THE WARLOCKS – THE MIRROR EXPLODES
6/09: QUEST FOR FIRE – S/T
7/07: NEBULA – HEAVY PSYCH
7/21: SPINDRIFT – THE LEGEND OF GOD’S GUN
8/14: NEBULA – LET IT BURN VINYL REISSUE
FALL 2009: NAAM – TITLE TBA
FALL 2009: ANCESTORS – TITLE TBA