"Spindrift: experimental, epic, cinematically inspired music more akin to the textured, symphonic layers of Portishead than the chaps and 10-gallon hat–wearing Riders in the Sky….makes you feel like you've just been made love to by a handsome stranger, a genius visceral experience."
- LA WEEKLY
"[Spindrift makes] you feel like you've been granted access to the distant memories of a two-bit-saloon harlot as she watches her nameless lover ride off into the sunset."
- LA WEEKLY
"Spindrift are living the American dream, were it written by acid-popping UFO enthusiasts with a hard-on for John Wayne"
- THE SALT LAKE CITY WEEKLY
Kirpatrick Thomas - Guitar and Vocals
Henry Evans - Bass and Baritone Guitar
Luke Dawson - Pedal Steel and Guitar
Sasha Vallely - Keyboards, Flute, and Vocals
James Acton - Drums and Autoharp
Riley Bray - Sitar, Tablas
Marcos Diablero - Harmonium, Autoharp, & Slide Guitar
Dan Allaire - Drums
Frankie Emerson - Keyboards, Organ Guitar
Bobby Bones - Lead Guitar
Jason "Plucky" Anchondo -Drums & Percussion
Dave Koenig - Rhythm Guitar & Harmonica
Julie Patterson - Lap Steel, Organ
"Thomas and his musical cohorts are creating a scene that embraces the outlaw because of it. He calls this shady hombre the "spiritual vigilante," adding a psychedelic ingredient to the mix. It is in the old films and music of Leone, Morricone and the general spirit of the Wild West that he and other neo-cosmic cowboys have excavated an essence that seems more relevant today than ever before, a surreal and dark cowboy anti-hero for a spiritually and ethically decaying world." – LA Alternative
Spindrift frontman Kirpatrick Thomas's 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 Jonesy's 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 God's 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 forthcoming album "Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1" is scheduled for 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 is currently being 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 will be represented for each video ranging in cinematic style as well.
“Dry and tough as mule jerky, sexy as a swayed hip, the music weaves elements of electro-dance, Byrd’s-era country rock, inner-space jazz, and gnomic meditations in the manner of Spiritualized and Pink Floyd into a sound that’s unaffectedly homey, profoundly ambitious, and frankly revolutionary.”
-Ron Garmon, LA CityBeat
Gram Rabbit’s highly anticipated fourth record, Miracles & Metaphors, is now complete and plans for a spring release are underway. Produced by Ethan Allen(The 88, Luscious Jackson, Patti Griffin)who decided he loved the Rabbit so much he now joins them live on guitar, Miracles & Metaphors takes the listener on an epic journey of beauty and depth that has become all but extinct in today’s market.
Founded in 2004 by Jesika von Rabbit and Todd Rutherford in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree, California Gram Rabbit quickly gained attention for their offbeat styles as well as their decidedly bent take on modern music. Using beats, twangy guitars, programmed samples, a healthy dose of mind-altering lyrical illusion and super-charged sexual energy, Gram Rabbit were hailed as best new LA Band in 2005 at the LA Weekly Music Awards.
Momentum built as the band sold out West Coast clubs and earned rave reviews in monthly, daily and International publications. Their rapid ascent from outsiders to the top of the L.A. club scene could be attributed to the dichotomy of their audience. Well-heeled
hipsters in low-slung jean and ironic t-shirts could be found next to actress Scarlet Johansson. Uberfan John Cusack rounded out his iTunes celebrity playlist with music from the band. It's easy to see how the bands classy image combined with it's dirty sound was a lethal combination for their divergent audience.
When the band hopped the pond for some shows in the United Kingdom, the toast of Southern California made quite an impression on the tight-knit world of the London press with write ups in Time Out London, Dazed and Confused, The Independent and others. They were then invited to perform at the Wireless Festival in London sharing the stage with Basement Jaxx, M.I.A and LCD Soundsystem.
Gram Rabbit's must-see live show, their fantastic sound and their geographic desirability helped secure a much sought after gig at the desert music festival, Coachella. The trade magazine Daily Variety commented: Sunday's Coachella fest got off to a slow start with unimpressive performances by hyped artists like Fiery Furnaces and M.I.A. (with the definite exception of the acid-trip costume show by local, sexy psych-rockers Gram Rabbit.)
The adulation was not lost on Hollywood. A bevy of licensing opportunities were presented to band landing spots on CBS's "CSI", MTV's "The Assistant"' with Andy Dick, NBC's "Life" and “Dateline“, Fox's "Head Cases", ABC’s “10 Things I hate About You”, Bravo’s “Long Way Round”, STARZ’ “Crash”, and FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” to name a few.
With Miracles and Metaphors complete, Gram Rabbit is set to embark on the next phase of their career. Their fans are set for more hare-raising gigs, vital new additions to the live band and a sound that will surely get their asses moving and minds bending. Beatrix Potter couldn't have written it better herself.
Jesika von Rabbit- Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Todd Rutherford- Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Programming
Ethan Allen- Guitar, Programming
Hayden Scott- Drums
LP's to Date:
"Music to Start a Cult to" 2004 Stinky Records
"Cultivation" 2005 Stinky Records
"RadioAngel & ther RobotBeat" 2007 Royal Order
"Miracles & Metaphors" Coming soon!
the Blue Rider
We'd like to introduce you to a new sound in town, one we're sure will snap your cap. Now, let's get started, meet the boys! Alex, the lead guitar player (the boys call him "Eschen," "Freschen," or just "Esh" if need be), is the voice of logic in the group. You can catch him on a Saturday going for a cruise in his sea-foam green Valiant or playing blues riffs near a tree. Rett Rogers, (known as "Reggie", "Rodge-Podge," or "Rooster," depending on the day) plays the bass and is the most stoic Rider. Folks often mistakenly think he's "on something" but he's just meditating. He digs red cars and black cats. Shoose (born Marko Dmitriy Shusterman, L.A., 1985) is the Riders electric organist, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Famous for his pomme soufflé, he is always on time and likes to flirt with the girls in his Russian native tongue. Da! Finally, Scott Beck ("Becker," "Becherovka," "Beckman," etc), is the rhythmic manager on the 2's and the 4's. He says he favors the drumming styles of Bob Wyatt and Animal. His ideal date includes pizza, a skee ball session, and an action movie (not necessarily in that order), but he digs comedies too.
Patrick Hickey: Drums, Morals
Daniel White: Guitars, Vocals
Primordial Yang: Management