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It wasn’t until Spindrift left Delaware for good and immersed itself in Los Angeles and its great Western film tradition that the band found its true identity. By 2008, Spindrift had completed the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s Hell Ride, which led to contributing material to HBO’s Eastbound and Down and scoring a restored version of director J.X. Williams’ Tecumseh’s Curse. In 2012, Spindrift played a tour of Western ghost towns and had underground filmmaker Burke Roberts document it. This is that film's soundtrack. Most of the songs are covers: country-western standards from the mid–20th century, performed as if Spindrift were equally influenced by Ennio Morricone and Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds. Among the few originals, “The Matador and the Fuzz” captures the sound of spaghetti western musicians battling with a Dick Dale surf band. Native American influences mix with Spanish flamenco and European classical modes. Of the covers, “Cool Water” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky” are the best known, but the excellent “Hangin’ Me Tonight” deserves to be center stage.


Formed: 1992 in Newark, Delaware

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Spindrift are a cinematically inspired rock band that call Los Angeles home by way of their hometown, Newark, Delaware. The group was founded by singer, songwriter, and actor Kirpatrick Thomas. The group's early sound, as depicted on recordings such as Diablo and No Way to Anthill Heaven -- which appeared in 1994 and 1996, respectively -- was influenced heavily by the sounds of the the Doors, My Bloody Valentine, Hawkwind, Bruce Haack, and Chrome. In 1998, Thomas, Joe Baluta, and Zachary Hansen...
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