Spindrift Premiere “Ghost of the West” Feature Film, Kicks Off US Tour

On July 24, Los Angeles psychedelic rock band Spindrift screened the long-awaited original film Spindrift: Ghost of the West, for which the group released the original soundtrack (of the same name) last year. Directed by Burke Roberts, Spindrift: Ghost of the West made its debut screening at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles to rave review. Advanced as “Spindrift’s New Psychedelic Rock Film Extravaganza” with the tagline “Some Bands Tour for Fame, Others for Fortune, Spindrift Tours Ghost Towns,” the film documents the cinematic rock band on a five week journey across the American West, where they traveled to ghost towns, national parks, and historic places of lore, performing classic Golden Age Hollywood-era cowboy songs and country western ballads along the way. As part of the the LA screening, Spindrift performed the soundtrack to the film live.

Check out the Spindrift: Ghost of the West film trailer at this location and check out an outtake from the film— featuring Spindrift performing the classic cowboy tune “Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie.”

In celebration of the film’s premiere and in support of the one-of-a-kind soundtrack, Spindrift has kicked off summer U.S. tour dates. At select performances on the tour, the band will be joined by punk rock innovator and subcultural icon Jello Biafra, who previously lent his talents to Spindrift: Ghost of the West, appearing on the band’s cover of the famous western track “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Biafra’s collaborations with Spindrift will include a spoken word set and DJ set. The live performances are as follows:

Spindrift: Ghost of the West U.S. tour dates:

August 1 Chico, CA The Maltese
August 2 Seattle, WA LoFi Seattle
August 3 Portland, OR Star Theater
August 4 Portland, OR Star Theater
August 5 Boise, ID The Crux
August 6 Idaho Falls, ID The Sickhouse
August 7 Jackson Hole, WY Pink Garter Theater
August 8 Ogden, UT Lighthouse Lounge
August 9 Salt Lake City, UT The Garage
August 10 Mammoth Lakes, CA Stellar Fest
August 22 Pioneertown, CA Pappy & Harriet’s (w/ special guest Jello Biafra)
August 23 Wonder Valley, CA Palms Restaurant as part of Rock Formation Fest II (w/ special guest Jello Biafra)

September 20: Giddings, TX Weird West Fest (film screening only)

Following the U.S. run, Spindrift will tour Europe and the UK for the entirety of September.

Photo by Andrew Baxter


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