Finish off your 4/20 weekend with this wild, rollicking psychedelic spaghetti-western rock and roll journey through a glass darkly. SPINDRIFT have just reissued their classic album THE WEST on vinyl via Xemu Records and are riding through the Elbo Room with THE SPIRAL ELECTRIC (who are about to unleash a double-LP produced by Steve Kille of Dead Meadow) and legendary songwriter/composer JEFFREY LUCK LUCAS (of The Morlocks).
21+SPINDRIFT's most recent SF performance was almost a year ago, do NOT miss their triumphant return!SpindriftKIRPATRICK THOMAS:LEAD VOCAL, GUITARBECCA DAVIDSON:GUITAR, VOCALJOE ZABIELSKI:DRUMS, PERCUSSION, SAMPLESRILEY BRAY:LEAD VOCAL, BASS/BARITONE GUITARSPINDRIFT is a cinematically-driven, psychedelic "western" rock band based out of Los Angeles, CA, led by singer-songwriter-producer-composer Kirpatrick Thomas. Among many various EP/Single releases, they've produced and released two feature films with soundtracks available on Teepee Records, (The Legend of God’s Gun, Ghost of the West), in addition to two full LP albums on Xemu Records, (Classic Soundtracks Vol 1, The West). SPINDRIFT has contributed to several film scores and soundtracks, most notably HBO’s “East Bound & Down", Quentin Tarantino’s "Hell Ride", and Viceland’s "Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia.”The band has actively toured the U.S. and Europe since 2004 while performing with acts such as X, The Dandy Warhols, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Dead Meadow, The Black Angels, and Kurt Vile. They've helped ignite the psychedelic revival of the 2000's, with highlighted performances being Austin Psych Fest, Roadburn Tilburg, Levitation, Liverpool Psych Fest, SXSW, and film screenings accompanied by performances at Park City's Slamdance Film Festival and Spain's Almerian Western Film Festival 2014, 2017. Members of the band have crossed over with other acts such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Psychic TV and have had strange collaborations with punk legend Jello Biafra on tunes such as “Ghost Riders in the Sky”.While in their formative years in the 1990’s, SPINDRIFT slowly developed their own mixture of sounds reminiscent of 60's psychedelic rock like The Doors and 90's shoegaze similar to My Bloody Valentine, however, while relocating from Newark, DE to Los Angeles in 2001, Thomas & Co. were captivated by the wide, expansive, unfolding western landscape and began to develop a more mature, conceptual approach to songwriting. Utilizing Ennio Morricone influenced chord progressions, spacey soprano vocals, twangy doubleneck bass/baritone guitar, and string section like guitar effects, their sound has evolved into that of a psychedelic, spaghetti western rock orchestra which continues to evolve with each film they score.Upon their most recent call 2017 European tour, the band collaborated with Hollywood/Bollywood actor Bivas Biswas and actress Sapna Gandhi on the Hindi sung “Dil Gera Na De (Don’t Fall For Me)”. The new single is set to be released by Divine Droid Records in the United States and India with a new video directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, The Legend of God's Gun). The original East Coast lineup recently reunited to celebrate the release of the first 8 songs the band recorded (in Newark, Delaware) from 1991-1995 with a newly added studio tune "Cabin Fever," released on SDS Distribution. Currently, the band is actively working on finishing the next studio release and continue to book US and European tours for 2018.Links:spindriftwest.comThe Spiral ElectricThe Spiral Electric began in San Francisco as a psychedelic guitar duo consisting of Clay Andrews (vocals, keyboards, guitar) and Nicolas Percey (lead guitar), and has shifted through various lineups over the years, venturing through acid rock with flavours of surf, post-punk, british goth and indie, noise, drone, and stoner rock. Between 2012 and 2017, they have gathered a dedicated international following and toured up and down the US west coast from Seattle to Los Angeles and played festivals like the Desert Stars Festival in Pioneertown CA, Starry Nites Festival in Santa Barbara, Gathering of the Tribes Festival in San Francisco, CA, and the Portland Psych Fest in Portland, OR. They have recorded two EPs at Skylab Studio in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree with producer Tommy Dietrick-- "Upon Your Shore" (released April 2015) and "Ask The Sky" (released December 2016), and are recording a new 12-song LP at Wiggle Room Studio in Los Angeles with Steve Kille (Dead Meadow / Xemu Records).The sound of The Spiral Electric is one part soaring melody, one part face melting guitar, one part orbiting synth, one part danceable groove and a heavy dose of west coast psychedelia, shaken not stirred. Drink it straight, no chaser!Links:https://www.facebook.com/TheSpiralElectric/Jeffrey
Luck LucasWhen Heidi Fleiss was spotted on “Celebrity Rehab” wearing a Morlocks tee shirt, it was a full 25 years after one of its founding members, Jeff Lucas, had released his first EP with that garage band. That was back in the days when he still lived in Southern California, stole his guitarist's girlfriend, and suffered a long-standing heart arrhythmia from regular amphetamine use.Two and a half decades later, Lucas leads a considerably more subdued life in San Francisco after he studied cello and composition for several years in Hungary and in the bay area, picked up the middle name "Luck" around the pool table, and created THE LION'S JAW, an album of sublimely arranged chamber noir produced and engineered by studio wizard Desmond Shea (Court & Spark, Neurosis, Dieselhead) and featuring Lucas' hushed yet resonant baritone.With breathy, deep-toned vocals that sit somewhere between the Velvet Underground and Roy Orbison, THE LION'S JAW is a concept album about the darkness and light of two people in love and contains echoes of Lucas' peripatetic youth spent in California,Texas, Maryland, and Indiana. Lucid strings show off Lucas' gift for composition while Desmond Shea gives the album a rich, rounded sound. In keeping with descriptions of Lucas’ music as “darkly gorgeous, unexpectedly uplifting,” (Dusted Magazine), THE LION’S JAW presents a sultry, obsidian view of love and the risks we take in its name.THE LION'S JAW is Lucas' third album of solo work. His other two albums are the critically acclaimed HELL THEN DIVINE (2004, Antebellum)and WHAT WE WHISPER (2006, Antebellum). Lucas appeared on the Will Oldham tribute, “I Am a Cold Rock I Am Dull Grass” with a cover of "Agnes, Queen of Sorrow." His song "Cascade" was featured on the covermount CD of British music magazine Comes with a Smile. Tract Records featured his song "Her Pale Silver Eyes" on its “Eye of the Beholder” compilation.Jeffrey has shared bills with Alejandro Escovedo, John Doe (X, The Knitters), Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Stuart Staples (Tindersticks), Maria McKee (Lone Justice), and many others. In addition to his own recording, Lucas has performed on the albums of dozens of fellow artists including Chuck Prophet, Paula Frazer, Neurosis, and Rykarda Parasol, Bob Frank and John Murry, and innumerable others.Links:https://www.facebook.com/jeffreylucklucasmusic/