Spindrift: “Ace Coletrane”
My first tri-fin surfboard was a Spindrift shaped by Rich Reed. I remember the day I tried it out at Westwards Beach near Zuma. The waves were enormous and the ocean was empty and held a deep green hue. The surfboard rode beautifully. I remember catching a set wave — it must have been at least ten feet — and just carving the ocean’s surface and watching the lip of the wave get blown off shore. Now, eleven years later, I’ve learned that a spindrift is the spray blown from cresting waves during a gale. I’ve also recently discovered the soothing sunbaked sounds of the Los Angeles-based band Spindrift.
Reminiscent of such greats as Ennio Morricone and The Ventures, Spindrift creates an atmospheric soundscape where desert meets the sea. Band members Kirpatrick Thomas, Joe Baluta and Zachary Hansen re-located to Los Angeles. The band also includes Bobby Bones of Psychic TV, Dave Koenig, Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson, Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo of The Warlocks.
Evil Monito sat down with Henry Evans, Spindrift’s bass & baritone guitar player, for a quick Q-and-A after the band’s extensive fall touring.
EM: How did you all meet? And what was the impetus to create a band around it?
SPINDRIFT: Kirkpatrick formed the band a long time ago in Delaware. Back then it was more of a weirdo psychedelic space rock band. Then he decided to move to Los Angeles, and on the road trip he was inspired by the western landscapes and the Italian soundtracks that he was listening to. On his way out, he ran into the Brian Jonestown Massacre guys, and I would say that is the basis for the line-up the band has now.
EM: How did your band name come about?
SD: The biggest influence was the title of a book called “Spindrift: Spray from the Psychic Sea.” It’s the spray that happens when a wave is crashing. It’s also the ship in Land of the Giants.
EM: Although the new album is quite consistent with its roots from the beginning, how do you feel your music has evolved since then?
SD: The music on this album is a lot more diverse than anything we’ve done before. We really explore a lot of influences: carnival music, sea shanty, swamp rock, traditional Spanish [music] and klezmer, as well as blues, western, and psychedelic rock.
The challenge was to present all of these types of music in a way that flowed, so that it wasn’t like, “Here’s this type of music. Here’s that type.” We wanted to make sure it was a Spindrift album, not a collection of different styles of music. I’m happy with how it turned out.
EM: You guys have been tirelessly doing the touring circuits. With all that time playing abroad, what would you say was your favorite experience as a band?
SD: There are too many to narrow it down. Austin, Fort Worth, Atlanta, Charlotte, Delaware, New York… and so many more.
EM: Considering your experience already with Tarantino’s flick [Hell Ride], are there any other film soundtrack projects that are currently in the wings?
SD: The Legend of Gods Gun is the western film we made based on our own music. The Tarantino movie used one of the songs from that soundtrack.
EM: If you could create music for your dream film from the past, which one would it be and why? Would you change the score or add to it?
SD: Once Upon a Time in the West. It’s the best. The score is perfect, except I just wish that “Cheyenne’s Theme” were less silly.
For more info on Spindrift’s forthcoming projects, visit: http://www.spindriftwest.com/
Or visit their myspace page at: http://www.myspace.com/thewest