The dusty, desert-scorched moods that tumble through Spindrift's "When I Was Free" get set to an interesting set of visuals, as the band pair elements of documentary with bits of the surreal. The imaginative video serves as homage to photographer Stanley Sanger; an enigmatic, solitary artist who captured thousands of images of the band, before ultimately disappearing.
Spindrift frontman Kirpatrick Thomass fascination with the West has existed from childhood, stemming from his passion for films depicting the wild American frontier, especially those scored by Italian composer Ennio Morricone. This early interest has played a major part in his songwriting, and his druggy, spacious, psychedelic music found a supportive community in Los Angeles, where he arrived in the early part of the new millennium after a stint with the Brian Jonestown Massacre as a touring guitarist.
Wholeheartedly embraced by the local music scene, members of BJM and the Warlocks joined Thomas in fits and starts at first before eventually leaving their former positions to play with Spindrift fulltime. The completed line-up prompted the rare phenomenon of creating a new genre unto itself, Spaghetti Western psychedelia.
With a rapidly expanding fan base and a growing resume of many high profile shows, Spindrift attracted the attention of Indie 103.1 disc jockey (and Sex Pistol) Steve Jones of Jonesys Jukebox, who began playing tracks from their album Songs From the Ancient Age on a regular basis. Since then, they have toured nationally a number of times.
In 2005, Thomas, along with filmmaker Mike Bruce, produced a feature film entitled The Legend Of Gods Gun, for which Spindrift also wrote the soundtrack. Starring members of the band, it was shot in and around Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Los Angeles in the style of 1960s Spaghetti Western films, and was screened at the 2008 Cannes Market and premiered (as a drive-in) in California in May of the same year. Spindrift was also given the nod by Quentin Tarantino who chose their song Indian Run to be included in the soundtrack for the latest film he produced, Hell Ride, released August 2008, and starring Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen.
The bands tracks, "Ace Coletrain" and "Girlz, Booze, Gunz", have also appeared on HBO's East Bound and Down and will be featured in upcoming films, Treasure Of The Black Jaguar, Dust Up, and Legend of the Widower Colby Wallace.
Relentless US touring has given them the opportunity to share the stage with such bands as Dead Meadow, The Black Angels, Vietnam, country legend Charlie Louvin, A Place To Bury Strangers, Black Mountain, and The Dandy Warhols, as well as headlining nearly a dozen US tours of their own and an appearance at The Monolith Festival at Red Rocks. In the spring of 2010, the band seized the opportunity to tour in Europe as main support for Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
Spindrift's album "Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1" is was release early May 2011 on Xemu Records (Dead Meadow, The Morning After Girls). The album was mixed and engineered by Ethan Allen (Gram Rabbit) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Ramones).
"Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1" is a highly cinematic album. The songs on the album were written as themes from films past and present and range greatly in style. A different director was represented for each video ranging in cinematic style as well. The Films were all premiered on IFC(Independent Film Channel) and the band went on to tour Europe for over two months supporting the likes of Black Mountain, Dead Meadow, and Kurt Vile & The Violators.
In Fall 2011, Spindrift went into the studio once again, this time to score a film. DUST UP was released on Oct. 2nd, 2012 on VOD, Itunes, Amazon, and everywhere else. Both Soundtrack and Film compliment each other.
2012 did not stop the band at all. After a tour supporting Black Angels and Dead Meadow across the US, Spindrift continued across the States as a headlining act to secure their place in many clubs as a mainstay. An epic GHOST TOWN TOUR in the Fall 2012 took the band to the most remote locations in the Western USA to be filmed and documented while playing to "Ghosts". This film and album companion is scheduled for release in 2013 after the group performs at SXSW.