Spindrift - Ghost of the West Record Release Show (Plus Guests)

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!

Blending elements of dance music, rock n' roll and shoegaze/folk with psychedelia as the cohesive element, SWIMM has created an original sounding first release that has people very curious about what will come next from this Florida group. Following the release of the Feel EP, SWIMM began playing a number of energetic DIY shows in California, New York and Florida, building a rep for an experiential live show. The release launched the band into an abundance of positive press.

"Get ready to have your mind blown!" - Nylon

"Although the band's American, fans of British guitar sounds a la Stone Roses, The Verve, Marc Bolan and Tame Impala will fall hard for SWIMM's unforgettable music" - iTunes

SWIMM is the music of Chris Hess & Adam Winn. They write, record, and play live with several friends including Spencer Petersen, Adrian Martinez, Jared Bowser, Gavin Little, Jonathan Berlin, Zac Sullivan, Justin Morales & Thomas Carroll.

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Spindrift - Ghost of the West Record Release Show (Plus Guests) with SWIMM, Church of Sun

Wednesday, October 23 · 8:30 PM at The Echo