Spindrift is a psychedelic rock band created by singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas. Founded in 1992, the band originated in Newark, Delaware. Throughout the 90′s, the group performed in and around the Eastern Seaboard(CBGB’s, Atlanta, The Stone Balloon, Khyber Pass, Mercury Lounge) while evolving their sound to have a more 60′s psychedelic garage/punk influence. Kirpatrick and drummer Z. Miles Hansen were well known for inventing the “Hansen Guitar Mic”, essentially a cheap microphone routed and wired into his guitar with an on/off switch.
After a quick run of shows in Japan in 2001, band members Kirpatrick Thomas, Joe Baluta and Zachary Hansen made an eye opening trek relocating to Los Angeles where they re-formed to include Bobby Bones ofPsychic TV, Dave Koenig, Dan Allaire, Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson and Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo of The Warlocks. Inspired by their new desert locale, the band began a new stylistic approach evoking the spirit of the Old West as mythologized by Western Cinema,Spaghetti Westerns in particular. Both styles of East meets West Coast melded together and the album “Songs from the Ancient Age” was released in 2003.
By 2005, Kirpatrick Thomas along with filmmaker Mike Bruce began production on the independent feature film The Legend Of God’s Gun, inspired by the same classic Western Films that influenced their music, most often those directed by Sergio Leone and scored by Ennio Morricone. The band’s style was coined as “Psychedelic Spaghetti Western”.
Spindrift s’est formé autour d’une passion commune de ses membres pour le Far West historique. Ils se font remarquer dès leurs débuts par un mélange d’influences psychées de toutes les époques, qui voient les Doors percuter Hawkwind et Chrome. Fasciné par Sergio Leone le groupe réalise un film puis un documentaire autour du Grand Ouest. Spindrift c’est la version musicale et fantasmée de «Il était une fois dans l’Ouest», pimentée à la sauce californienne: expérimentée et électrique!