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Jesika von Rabbit | Sash The Bash | Where.Are.We
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SPINDRIFT is a psychedelic western influenced cinematic rock band created by singer-songwriter-composer-producer-actor Kirpatrick Thomas. Founded in 1992, the band originated in Newark, Delaware along with such other local bands of the period including Jake and the Stiffs, The Verge, Boy Sets Fire, Zen Guerilla and Smashing Orange. Heavily influenced by such bands as The Doors, My Bloody Valentine, Hawkwind, Bruce Haack, and Chrome, Spindrift’s early stages were heavier, experimental, and differed greatly from their present Ennio Morricone inspired sound. However, the bands unique, ideal, creative DIY style, and knack for a hard working tour ethic has always remained. Throughout the 90’s, the group performed mostly in and around the East Coast (CBGB’s, Star Bar Atlanta, The Stone Balloon(DE), Khyber Pass(Philly), Mercury Lounge NYC) while evolving their sound to have a more 60’s psychedelic garage/punk space-rock style influence. As guitar player Chris Andrews and drummer Paul Budd left the band to start SUNFLY, other members joined the ranks. Original bass player Pete Van Kouwenburg and keyboard player Jay Caddle would remain involved throughout later years as the band still continued to do reunion shows showcasing earlier material. Kirpatrick and drummer Z. Miles Hansen were known in local circles for inventing the “Hansen Guitar Mic”, essentially a cheap microphone routed and wired into his guitar with an on/off switch enabling vocals and feedback through guitar effects. Earlier 90’s albums by SPINDRIFT include the heavier but catchy debut Strange Range(1996), the Hawkwind influenced We Come From the United States(1999), and the space-punk upbeat sound of 10 Million Asians Can’t Be Wrong! (2000).

After a quick run of shows in Japan in 2001, band members Kirpatrick Thomas, Joe Baluta and Zachary Hansen made an eye opening trek relocating to Los Angeles where they re-formed to include Bobby Bones of Psychic TV, Dave Koenig, Dan Allaire, Frankie “Teardrop” Emerson and Rob Campanella of The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Jason “Plucky” Anchondo of The Warlocks. Inspired by their new desert locale, the band began a new stylistic approach evoking the spirit of the Old West as mythologized by Western Cinema, “Spaghetti Westerns” in particular. Both styles of East meets West Coast melded together on the album “Songs from the Ancient Age“, which was independently released in March of 2003 and is currently awaiting a repress.

By 2005, Kirpatrick Thomas along with filmmaker Mike Bruce began production on the independent feature film The Legend of God’s Gun, inspired by the same classic Western Films that influenced their music, most often those directed by Sergio Leone and scored by Ennio Morricone. The band’s style was coined as “Psychedelic Spaghetti Western”.

During this period (2005–2009), the lineup consisted of David Koenig on rhythm guitar and harmonica, Julie Patterson on vocals, organ, and lap steel, Jason “Plucky” Anchondo and Dan Allaire (also of The Brian Jonestown Massacre) on drums. The group was rounded out by now longtime member Henry Evans on double neck bass and baritone guitar, and Kirpatrick Thomas on vocals and guitar. Tours with Dead Meadow (Kirpatrick filled in for an ailing Jason Simons on guitar during one tour), The Black Angels, and The Dandy Warhols followed until November 2009 when the band suffered a major lineup change due to tour burnout and financial difficulties. They had been living in Los Angeles, touring non-stop for several years straight, with a hefty studio schedule.

It was around this time that SPINDRIFT began performing electro-acoustic shows with a more intimate, stripped down campfire atmosphere under the name of “BLUNIFORM” and “BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE” with Koenig and Thomas taking the lead harmonies and performing tunes written by the likes of the “singing cowboys” such as Johnny Western, Johnny Bond, Tex Ritter, The Louvin Brothers, Frankie Laine, The Sons of the Pioneers, and Rex Allen. This proved to be a strong building block to later endeavors.

In December 2009, Henry Evans and Kirpatrick Thomas began reforming and rebuilding SPINDRIFT once again while rehearsing and writing new songs in the Gram Parsons death room of Joshua Tree Inn. Added were Luke Dawson (who was innkeeper at the time) on psychedelic-pedal steel and rhythm guitar, the amazing Sasha Vallely on vocals, organ, and Native American flute, and Salt Lake City native James Acton on autoharp, vocals, and drums. This lineup went on to perform at SXSW 2010, Psych Fest III, and toured the USA with The Black Angels & Dead Meadow. They immediately returned to Europe to support B.R.M.C. in 2010 and Black Mountain, and performed with Chrome frontman Helios Creed in 2011. In December 2010 after a 7 week U.S. Tour and following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the band recorded Classic Soundtracks Volume 1 at Hicksville Trailer Palace in Joshua Tree, CA.
Jesika von Rabbit
Jesika von Rabbit, the former frontwoman of Joshua Tree’s hi-desert trailblazers, Gram Rabbit, is about to release her second solo album Dessert Rock the follow-up to her 2015 release Journey Mitchell, both on Dionysus Records. While Journey Mitchell is laden with new wave-influenced synths, keyboard melodic and infectious dance beats, Dessert Rock is an avalanche of appetizing amalgams that incorporate hints of calypso, sci-fi, psychedelic, rock, electro and funk. You are going to want seconds after sampling this dessert!
Jesika’s solo endeavor began with her performing literally solo with two dancers and has evolved into a full band line-up that includes former Gram Rabbit guitarist and independent producer Ethan Allen. JvR has toured with Eagles of Death Metal, performed at Desert Daze and has shared the stage with a diverse roster of acts including Wanda Jackson, Cat Power, and Crystal Method. Dubbed “The Queen of the Hi-Desert”, Jesika even has a menu item named after her at the world renown Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA - the delicious “Nachos von Rabbit”.
She is drop dead gorgeous and has an absolutely incredible voice. But von Rabbit is more than a pretty chick singer. She is an innovative creator and expressionist as well as one hell of an entertainer… Her show is brilliantly nonsensical; a sonic and visual spectacle that is unlike any other and you cannot take your eyes away. She is an artist that you just have to keep coming back to see because you evolve every time you do. – Coachella Valley Weekly
Jesika von Rabbit’s original compositions have been licensed to CSI, Life, The Real World, Sons of Anarchy, Crash, Hit & Miss, Crazy Stupid Love and War Inc., as well as a commercial spot for Fruit of the Loom that aired during the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Sash The Bash
Sasha Vallely has been performing across the globe for over a decade with various bands such as Midnight Larks, Spindrift, The Silver Chords, The Mobsters and The Warlocks, and guested with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Mondo Generator, Lords of Altamont, King Adora and members of QOTSA, The Hives, Portishead, Massive Attack, Cat Power, Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Masters of Reality, The Seeds, The Black Angels, Gong, Dead Meadow, Entrance Band, Yahowha 33 and Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys along with many others. She has opened for some acts such as Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, The Black Angels, Black Mountain, Dead Meadow, Flaming Groovies, Strawberry Alarm Clock, King Khan, Shannon and The Clams, Night Beats, Biters and The Coathangers. She has also worked on many independent film scores such as El Gringo starring Christian Slater and directed music videos.