The brainchild of Kirkpatrick Thomas and a shifting cast of wildly talented musicians, Spindrift has spent the last two-plus decades as an integral part of the West Coast psychedelic rock scene. Since it formed in 1992, Thomas and company have rubbed elbows and shared stages (and occasionally members) with genre-leaders The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Black Angels, and The Dandy Warhols, all the while establishing its place in the psych revival of the '90s and early 2000s. Unlike its scene cohorts, Spindrift possess a certain affinity for the cinematic — so much so that Kirkpatrick has spent his career contributing music to films, including the soundtrack of the Quentin Tarantino-produced Hell Ride in 2008. This is completely in character: Classic Westerns and composer Ennio Morricone's film scores have acted as constant influences in Spindrift's music. Said influences also position the group ahead of the curve, given the hoards of young bands starting to discover Morricone's work for themselves. Sure, it's not a race, but there's still something to be said for getting there first.