The Echo & Thief Present
Spindrift - Ghost of the West Record Release Show (Plus Guests)
SWIMM, Church of Sun
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
This event is 18 and over
SPINDRIFT‘s fascination with the surreal qualities and legendary mythos of the Wild West, the album is described as a “sonic western exploration into the Great Unknown” and” an homage to “everything Western.” The record was inspired by the group’s 2012 “Ghost Town Tour”, a five week, self-guided tour through more than 20 of America’s western ghost towns. During the trip, many landmarks, tourist attractions (Deadwood, South Dakota), western museums and monuments (such as Cathedral Gorge State Park and Arizona’s Sonoran National Desert) were reached and at every stop along the way, SPINDRIFT made field recordings and performed live, putting their “spin” on classic, Golden Era cowboy songs of the old West.
SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West is not only a new SPINDRIFT album; it is also a Motion Picture Soundtrack that is being released prior to the feature film companion of the same name (slated for a 2014 release). Eccentric underground film director Burke Roberts and Cinematographers JT Gurzi and Rich Ragsdale were hired to film and document the ghostly five week journey, which brought forgotten history back to life and mimicked the days when Cowboys, Native Americans, Pioneers and Gunfighters ruled the land! SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West contains more of the signature elements that SPINDRIFT has grown to make their own; singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas’ twangy Spaghetti Western style guitar and heroic baritone is more present and defined than ever before. Pedal steels soar while high sopranos hauntingly bounce through lost cavernous gold mines. Bullfighting music? Check. Campfire Ballads? Check. Native American chants? Check. Awesome plays on cowboy classics like “When I Was A Cowboy” (1934), “Cool Water” (1936), “Buffalo Dream” (1953), “Gunfighter” (1962) and even an amped-up version of “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (which the band recently performed with Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra in San Francisco) ride sidesaddle with new SPINDRIFT originals on this one-of-a-kind release. SPINDRIFT: Ghost of the West promises to be the most quintessential psychedelic western crossover album ever made!
Since the release of the band’s 2011 recording Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1, SPINDRIFT has been hard at work crafting an album — and film — about their fascination with the Wild West. The origins of the Ghost of the West album started when Kirpatrick Thomas and bassist David Koenig (ex-The Brian Jonestown Massacre) would entertain remaining stragglers with old acoustic campfire ballads after SPINDRIFT shows in Joshua Tree, California. Pioneertown, CA to be exact (the birthplace of Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and The Sons of the Pioneers).
While SPINDRIFT‘s previous album and film combo The Legend of God’s Gun (2008) was a Grindhouse Psychedelic Spaghetti Western Rock ‘N’ Roll masterpiece, Ghost of the West picks up on the more factual “real” forgotten past of the old West, bringing that ghostly history back to life!
If one is to cast their vision far enough out to sea, their eyes will eventually settle on a point where the line between ocean and space becomes indistinguishable. Two unexplored frontiers intertwined in a beautiful, pseudo-psychedelic moment of infinite hope that begets the desire to pursue adventure. It is here that LA-based psych-pop duo, SWIMM, live creatively. Originally hailing from the stretch of Floridian beach known as the ‘Space Coast’, where residents deal with the sonic resonance of space shuttles shaking their houses and watch rockets launch into space from the beach, SWIMM has created a sound that blends ethereal soundscapes and sun-soaked, beachy vibes; a perfect representation of the unique place in which they grew up. When you add the poignant satire that the band tends to favor lyrically, SWIMM’s music takes on the delicate balance of thoughtful musicianship, social awareness and immediate relatability that seems to be the common thread shared amongst most bands that are considered timeless.
SWIMM”s latest release, the Beverly Hells EP (24West Records), maintains all of the traits that led to their debut Feels EP catching the eye of so many tastemakers around the blogosphere, but it also picked up a level of maturity and thoughtfulness that came along with the “culture burst” (as Hess describes it) of moving to Los Angeles. If you listen to the record, their new city has a very distinct influence over the lyrics and mood of each of the effort’s six tracks. From the tongue-in-cheek satire of LA culture that forms the basis of the EP’s title track, to the reflection on the duo’s friendship and pursuit of their dreams in “All The Time”, the EP is very much a statement on this formative experience for the band and the artistic evolution that has since taken place.
As every Angeleno-transplant knows, turbulent times are synonymous with sunny days. Like walking through a hallway of mirrors, SWIMM’s Beverly Hells EP paints a vivid picture of their adopted home city’s neverending search for validation and reason.
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