The Drift are an instrumental band based in San Francisco California comprised of Danny Paul Grody (guitar/keys), Rich Douthit (drums), and Trevor Montgomery (bass). Their music draws upon elements of dub, rock, minimalism, and abstract leanings that combine to create a sound uniquely their own.
Since forming in 2002 the band has released two full lengths with their third on the way and a host of singles to critical acclaim. They have toured extensively in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Over those years the band has had the honor of working with upright bassist Safa Shokrai (2005-08) and trumpet player Jeff Jacobs who joined shortly after the band formed in 2003. Jeff succumbed to a long and courageous battle with cancer in early January 2011. The dedication he gave to music and the band’s development was paramount. He will be greatly missed, but his light shines eternally.
Hello and happy 2019! One of the intentions I have coming into this new year is to be more immersed in my music practice (making, collaborating, and listening). I look forward to sharing new sounds with you in the near-future. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a little rainy day sketch I did today with my cat Elijah by my side. Wishing you a happy new year filled with good heath, love, and togetherness!
I don’t normally share video of me playing out ideas, but for some reason this past Sunday I decided to capture a moment and share it with folks.
I was feeling the heaviness of the world… a heaviness that contained the full spectrum of emotions – hope, love, fear, sadness etc. As is often the case, when I’m having strong feelings I play music. It provides a space to reflect and ultimately lighten the load. My hope is this little ditty can bring some respite, even if only for a brief moment, to your day.
I’m very honored to have contributed a track to the latest Geographic North Halloween-themed series, Don’t Look Now. Aside from being stunningly curated, 100% of the album sales will go directly to youthSpark, an Atlanta-based non-profit working directly with at-risk youth in an effort to protect them from exploitation, abuse, and trafficking in the Southwestern US.
Available as a limited cassette with die-cut, interchangeable sleeves or as a download here.
I never know how useful it is to post day-of reminders but here goes anyway….
Very excited to be sharing a bill with my longtime friend and Bay Area alum, Christopher Willits at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts to round out the For the Sake of Summer series co-presented by Noise Pop, Canyon Cinema, and Roxie Theatre. The series is in conjunction with Ragnar Kjartansson’s exhibition: Scenes from Western Culture. Doors 6:30/music begins at 7p – FREE (RSVP is recommended).
I’m happy to share news of a few exciting upcoming shows…
The first of which will take place in Columbia, Missouri presented by the folks behind excellent film and music festival True/ False. They put on a summer event called ‘Boone Dawdle’ that brings together film, music, biking, food, and nature. I’ll be playing a couple dates while there:
Revisiting this ditty recorded back in January, 2017 after attending the Women’s March in SF. Listening back, I am reminded of the hope that day inspired for me and countless others who chose to resist an administration that seeks to divide rather than bring together.
As many Americans celebrate their independence today, let’s remember all those systematically being denied the opportunity to make a life in this country… we can do better than this!
Hope this tune can bring a little brightness to your day and inspire you to keep pushing back against the insanity…
Greetings astral travelers! I have a couple exciting summer shows coming up in San Francisco that I hope you can attend:
Sunday, June 24th @ Cafe Du Nord w/ Immersion (Colin Newman of Wire And Malka Spigel of Minimal Compact)
Thursday, August 23rd @ McEvoy Foundation for the Arts w/ Christopher Willits as part of the “For the Sake of Summer” series put on by Noise Pop/Canyon Cinema in conjunction with Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Scenes From Western Culture”. FREE! (reserve advance tickets here, as space is limited)
In other (more personal) news, I’m officially a father of a beautiful healthy daughter. She is an incredible force of nature and by far one of my greatest teachers thus far! Life is sweet ❤️