Spindrift

Cinematic Western-psych outfit Spindrift is nearing the end of their haunting "Ghost Town Tour." The past few weeks found the group touring the Southwest in proper club dates as well as performing in actual standing ghost towns. Their visits to the remaining ruins of the old west included performances at the legendary Saloon no. 10 in Deadwood, SD and at the sight of the infamous gunfight at theO.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ.

While playing to the ghostly spirits of each town, Spindrift also caught the attention of major media outlets, including Noisey who had a frank discussion at the prospect of such a tour with Kirpatrick Thomas (vocals/guitar) of the band as well as major newspapers on the tour route including The Salt Lake Tribune, The Arizona Daily Star, and The Albuquerque Journal. Prior to arriving in Arizona, theTucson Weekly noted that "the band sounds cinematic, expansive and eerie. And anyone who has seen the band perform live — they've performed in Tucson at least twice before — knows the trademark Spindrift sound is trippy, chill-inducing and rattlingly loud." The "Ghost Town Tour" concluded with Spindrift's show with Restavrant and RT & the 44's at The Deer Lodge in Ojai, CA (presented by The New L.A. Folk Fest).

The "Ghost Town Tour" has provided Spindrift the opportunity to perform material from their forthcoming album, Spindrift: Ghost of the West. The group is currently putting the finishing touches to the new full-length, tentatively due out in spring 2013. The album will also include footage filmed by Burke Roberts, JT Gurzi, and Rich Ragsdale that documents Spindrift's ghostly encounters during the tour. While at the Gallows of Gold Point, NV, the band's Kirpatrick Thomas (guitars/vocals) and Henry Evans (bass/baritone guitar) acted out the song "Hanging Me Tonight" by Marty Robbins for the film. A production still from the filming, taken by Howard Wise, can be seen above. Spindrift is also planning a spring tour leading up to an appearance at South By Southwest 2013.

In addition to new material, the "Ghost Town Tour" also found Spindrift performing songs from the soundtrack for Ward Robert's neo-western epic Dust Up. Spindrift's score for the film contains both instrumental pieces and full on songs, indulging in the band's talent for both sun-soaked desert rock and cinema themes. Both the film and Spindrift's soundtrack are available via iTunes, Amazon and all other digital retailers. The film is also currently available on DVD.

The band's music will next appear in the feature film Treasure of the Black Jaguar, slated to be released in theaters on January 9th, 2013.

"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.


Instrumentation
Jesika von Rabbit- Vocals, Keys, Guitar
Todd Rutherford- Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Programming
Ethan Allen- Guitar, Programming
Hayden Scott- Drums

Discography
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!

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