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Spindrift finds renewed inspiration in old movies

By Gene Triplett Published: August 15, 2008
e Morricone-meets-Morrison sound can be heard on a four-song, vinyl-only EP just released on Vacancy Records called "Goin' Down,” their 2007 full-length "Songs from the Ancient Age,” and their 2006 release, "The Legend of God's Gun.” The latter is the soundtrack to a basement-budget independent Western film of the same name which Thomas wrote and produced with director Mike Bruce.

Thomas calls it his "psychedelic, rock 'n' roll, grindhouse, spaghetti western.”

Reminiscent of such offbeat oaters as "El Topo,” and "Zachariah,” Thomas film has been shown at Cannes and various independent festivals and screenings around the country. Its cast includes Thomas and members of Spindrift, and it tells the story of a preacher turned gunslinger who's riding a vengeance trail.

"It's kind of a Western ‘Dante's Inferno where he kind of comes back from the dead to basically rescue a dying town,” Thomas said.

It's been seen by no less than Quentin Tarantino, who liked Spindrift's music enough include one of their songs, "Indian Run,” on the soundtrack of his latest film "Hell Ride,” starring Dennis Hopper and Michael Madsen.

"There are two people we wanted this film to get to, and they were Quentin Tarantino and Clint Eastwood,” Thomas said.

Spindrift Photo provided BY Melanie Leigh Wilbur
•With: The Mean Spirits, the Ethereals

•When: 8 p.m. Wednesday

•Where: The Conservatory (all ages), 8911 N Western

•Tickets: At the door

•Info: www.conserva or 607-4805.

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