Q&A Scene: Sean Simmons – The SPOILS

How do you feel about the upcoming event at the Flying Saucer Club?

Very excited to be reprising our rendition of the Velvet’s debut album with old friends The Sand Pebbles doing White Light White Heat.

What is your favourite Velvet Underground/Nico song? Why?

European Son is one of the most chaotic and cacophonous pieces of music I have ever had the pleasure of playing. Only the first minute is scripted. The rest is a look to each other as if to say,” Ok. See you at the end”.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

For the purpose of this Velvet Underground show I would have to say a BANANA

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

There are many but the best ones aren’t printable.

What’s your scene?

When we started off in the early 2000s people put us in the Alt. Country category but we soon wriggled out of that unscathed and ended up in some velvet thread minor key convict music category with far to many references to Nick Cave. Woody McDonald once called us “Too drunk to rock”.

Since they formed at the turn of the century, The Spoils have become a regular fixture on Australia’s live music circuit. Their strong and loyal following has led them to tour with Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, Bonnie Prince Billy, Catpower, The Church, The Drones, The Flying Burrito Brothers and more plus appearances at most Australian festivals.

They have released three albums and toured Europe 5 times and signed to French label, Beast Records.


Peel Slowly & See : 50th Anniversary of ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ + White Light White Heat

Presented by The Spoils & The Sand Pebbles

Saturday 25 March – FLYING SAUCER CLUB

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To celebrate 50 years since the release of “The Velvet Underground & Nico”, arguably one of the greatest debut albums of time, The Spoils once again join forces with psychedelic flower punks, The Sand Pebbles to reprise their take on The Velvet’s first and second albums, ”The Velvet Underground & Nico” & “White Light White Heat”. [pullquote]‘The Velvet Underground’s first album only sold a few thousand copies, but everyone who bought one formed a band’. –Brian Eno[/pullquote]

Both albums back to back track by track in an exploding plastic inevitable.


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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.