Sunday, 25 November 2012

Spindrift - Classic Soundtracks

Dust down your ponchos! Time for some spoof spaghetti western soundtracks with a dose of heavy west coast psych.

Somehow the music you hear in your childhood stays with you all your life, so if you spent your early years glued to the TV showing Sergio Leone spaghetti western re-runs, those wonderful soundtracks by the likes of Ennio Morricone are going to have an effect on the music you make as an adult. And so it is with Kirpatrick Thomas, front man with Los Angeles band Spindrift, self-proclaimed leaders of the neo-cosmic cowboy revolution.

So what we have here is a concept album of sorts, songs and instrumental pieces taken from movie soundtracks that don't (though possibly should) exist. The song titles are evocative in themselves; “Japexico (Flute Theme From Treasure Of The Black Jaguar)”, “Legend Of The Widower Colby Wallace”, “Showdown (From The Legend Of God's Gun)” and so on. 

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This time round they're scored for and played by a group of rock musicians rather than Italian orchestral players, and hell it works too. Funky in parts, (there's even some sitar thrown in at one point), with a large helping of west coast psych-rock. The band have previously toured with the likes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, The Dandy Warhols, and Dead Meadow (whose label Xemu Records are actually releasing this album).

Go west, there's gold in them thar tunes!

Click here for the band's website.
Classic Soundtracks is released on Xemu Records