Tee Pee Records & PopGun Present...
Spindrift (East Coast Record Release Party!)
Blaak Heat Shujaa, Mirror Queen
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:30 PM)
This event is 21 and over
Spindrift (East Coast Record Release Party!)
"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.
Blaak Heat Shujaa
Blaak Heat Shujaa's clamorous combination of cacophonic genres, a dissonant symphony unveiling visions of great natural expanses, is unlike any other. The trio's novelty resides in a transcendental tension between its heavy rock roots and an organic inclination to drift towards multiple forms of psychedelia. While they can rock out harder than many 'stoner' rock and metal outfits, the Blaak Heat members pay homage to the vast collection of mind-expanding sounds they grew up on: neo-psychedelia, surf rock, spaghetti westerns, Middle Eastern scales and Far Eastern melodies… The thickest, most colorful bass lines coexist with flying reverb guitars, while ethereal yet in-your-face chants and loud, tribal drums join forces and make way for a unique breed of rock'n'roll: heavy mental.
Blaak Heat Shujaa formed in 2008 in Paris, France, released its debut album in 2010 and put multiple European expeditions behind them. Recently signed to TeePee Records, the now Los Angeles-based trio spent the summer of 2012 at Kyuss's Scott Reeder's desert ranch recording The Storm Generation EP (out December 11, 2012), as well as a full length record, The Edge Of An Era (due April 9, 2013). The EP and full length will feature guest appearances by Nobel Prize-nominated gonzo poet Ron Whitehead and desert rock pioneer Mario Lalli. Pure expressions of Blaak Heat's signature psychedelia, these ground breaking releases will undoubtedly shake up the current state of underground rock'n'roll.
Out of the ashes of long running NYC band Kreisor emerged MIRROR QUEEN. Under the Kreisor moniker, the band put 2 US tours and 4 European expeditions behind them, including tinnitus-inducing sojourns supporting UFO and Uli Jon Roth all over the Continent.
A successful four week European tour in 2011 as part of the Germany based booking agency Sound of Liberation’s “Up In Smoke” tour series brought them back to Europe, winning over fans from Berlin to Torino and many points between. This was followed by their inclusion in the 2012 edition of "Brainbanger's Ball". Next up is "Cosmic Sonic Rendezvous", a package tour during July featuring Mirror Queen, The Atomic Bitchwax and Earthless. This kicks off in Erfurt, DE at the Stoned From the Underground festival.
Presently, Mirror Queen is hard at work creating the follow-up album to last year’s From Earth Below. Influenced by such 70’s legends as Hawkwind, Deep Purple, UFO, Blue Oyster Cult, Captain Beyond, the rockier sides of more recent outfits such as Motorpsycho and Swervedriver, as well as the best of the current heavy bands, they aspire towards psychedelic hard rock of the highest order.
Original members Kenny Kreisor (guitars, vocals) and Jeremy O'Brien (drums) have been joined by James Corallo (Zandelle) on bass and Phil Ortanez (La Ostracina/Polygmamyst) on second guitar. Together they transcend the sameness of much of today's stoner scene, blasting the audience by including songs with the volume and adding hooks to the timeless riffs.