Spindrift Going On Tour Of Western Ghost Towns

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Spaghetti Western-influenced band Spindrift has announced the “Ghost Town Tour 2012″ in which they will be embarking on a series of live dates where they will be performing in ghost towns across the Western frontier. The band will be recording their live performances as part of a documentary for their upcoming album Songs Born Of The West, which they are currently recording in Joshua Tree, CA. The album has a Spring 2013 release. Tour dates for the shows are below.

Bodie, CA holds a special place for singer/guitarist Kirpatrick Thomas. He says “Bodie sprang up in the late 1880’s and was a mining town. There were so many miners in there that the town quickly became a thriving boomtown with over 65 saloons, opium dens and cat-houses. This was a place of life that went from bringing in 3 million dollars of revenue at its peak to being desolate by 1912.

The band has also scored the film Dust Up, which is directed by Ward Roberts and stars Amber Benson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Supernatural). The soundtrack (iTunes) and film were both released Oct. 2nd.

Speaking on the score for Dust Up, Thomas says “We were able to record live in the studio to the cues of the film and go through the proper scoring process. Director Ward Roberts sat in with us to convey his ideas for each scene. As a composer, that really helped bring things to the forefront for each different theme in the film. Some of this footage will be seen on the DVD extras.”

Continuing on about the tour, Thomas says “Obviously the West is a topic of fascination to us. Ghost towns are mostly towns that sprang up on the outskirts of civilization to fill a demand in a product. Examples of these are natural resources like copper, silver, or gold mining. When that need was sated, the towns were just abandoned to the elements. It’s very eerie, but it’s a connection to a way of life and a spirit that draws back to this country’s origins. In this day and age, when many tours and events get bigger and bigger, we have decided to go the OTHER route – to play to the elements and elementals along the way.

10/16 Los Angeles, CA (Campfire Jubilee Bigfoot Lodge Ghost Town Tour Launch)
10/17 San Francisco, CA w/ Special Q&A/Dust Up Screening at The Vortex Room (live show at Monarch)
10/18 Port Costa, CA (Warehouse Cafe)
10/19 Nevada City, CA (Coopers)
10/20 Reno, NV TBD
10/21 Bodie, CA
10/22 Rhyolite, NV
10/23 Belmont, NV
10/24 Salt Lake City, UT (Garage)
10/25 Valley of Fire, NV
10/26 Las Vegas (Beauty Bar)
10/27 Pioneertown, CA (Pappy & Harriets w/ Gram Rabbit)
10/28 Amboy, CA
10/29 Unknown Area
10/30 Los Angeles, CA (The ECHO w/ Balmoreah)
10/31 Sonoran Desert/ Goldfield, AZ
11/01 Tucson, AZ (La Cochina)
11/02 Tombstone, AZ TBD
11/03 Albuquerque, NM (Wheels)
11/04 Denver, CO (Walnut Room)
11/05 St. Elmo, CO
11/06 Valley of the Gods, UT
11/07 Flagstaff, AZ TBD
11/08 Laguna Beach, CA Wax Ball (Marine Room)
11/09 San Diego, CA TBD
11/10 Ojai, CA (The Deer Lodge)

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