From Rice Is Nice Records, Meet….SPOD


Spod is our next Musician from Rice Is Nice Records. A true veteran of the music industry and a singer=songwriter extraordinaire. The songs on SPODs’ newest Album “Taste the Sadness” will require you to give some serious listening, it’s like your listening to Harry Nilsson , you just can’t go about your business, you have to unplug and actively listen to the lyrics, the music, and the composition of it all to truly appreciate, the years of work and introspection that go into the making of a record like this. I’m not a musician but I do know ART when I hear or see it…Give a listen today to SPOD and like he says….buy his Albums and tell your friends…

Hi our name is….

SPOD. Nice to meet you.

People say we sound like…..

The beginning and end of it all.

We are..

SPOD. I’m SPOD, i’ve had many others with me through the ages, but none on this day. A lone ship sailing through the night of life, hunting the dawn of truth.

We are originally from…..

Sydney, Australia. Still kind of are. Who cares, the world is just the internet now anyway.

Who are some that have an influence on your sound??

Ween are (were) my spirit animal, Pre-2000 Beck, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, 2 Live Crew, Beastie Boys, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Reebok.

The first time we met one another ..

Probably when I was born, as I did mention i’m completely alone. Thanks for reminding me.

Books we recommend …

You should check out Lord of the Rings. It’s a nice story about a kid who has a horrible father so he walks the whole way home with the family ring just to throw it in a hot river just to piss him off. If you’ve had a Dad, this ones for you.

Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the way through getting the album ready?

Sure, it’s really quite simple. You dream a little dream, you take that dream and dream on it and then take those dreams and pursue them into reality. You put that through physical sound creators which are then in turn plugged into sound converters and in turn to a sound capture unit. From here you electronically mail it to your girlfriend, she says ‘yeah its fine I guess’ and you upload it to soundcloud.

Our craziest gig ever was….

Supporting Duran Duran. At the last minute this band Lotel broke up, giving us the support slot. We fly to Brisbane, go onstage and immediately start building up a good solid chant of ‘GET OFF!’ from 5000 people with about 20 people standing on their seats yelling back at them in the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. We used up all of Simon Le Bonbons towels and their road managers ripped our butts apart with their words, being told that we can’t swear and that parents were leaving with their kids and complaining. That show we had 3 dressing rooms (I had a guitarist, Andy Clockwise, and a Sound Guy) with bottles of all kinds of drinks, food, the red carpet was really rolled out. The next show in Melbourne, no one would look at us and we got put in an electrical closet with a 6 pack of warm Tooheys (our deadshit beer). I get death threats and accused of being homosexual in a very derogatory manner. We get our own sound guy in Sydney who knew the crew, they let him actually turn it up past whispering level and we have a top show. I also had my 2 Scorpion backup dancers which helped the dickheads who never get out of their house to relax & realise i’m not a threat to their bored penises.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go and what year would it be….

Either 1996 to see Matchbox 20 form or 1969 to take photos out the front of a Hendrix gig to post on instagram with a #69dude hashtag. Perhaps to 1993 so I could watch godheadSilo live as I never realized that dream and it haunts me to this day.

Growing up, at home we listened to…..

As a child, I listened to a solid mix of WASP, Australian Crawl, Dire Straits, The Beatles and that quickly slid into Black Flag, Descendents, Dead Kennedys which quickly became Public Enemy, NWA, Ultramagnetic MCs and then morphed into godheadSilo, Unsane & Slayer which grew into Harry Nilsson.

What tunes are on heavy rotation for you…

At the moment, the new Aphex Twin record is getting a good belting. Been gorging on Nilssons catalogue again and been listening to lots of podcasts like The Bone Zone & WTF.

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?

A current band? I don’t know, I love playing with Australian band Richard In Your Mind, so probably them. Shit, who do I like? Uuuummmm…. I don’t know, support slots are normally pretty horrible things.

If you could give any advise to the kids who are just picking up their 1st guitars or drum sets and want to be in a rock n roll band , what’s your advise?

Don’t be fuckwits and make something that grows from your heart, not your wallet.

When you are touring and have some time off , where could we find you..,.,

Either bitching about how I can’t afford a tinny (small aluminium boat) to belt around our river on, making music videos for some legends or in the kitchen running Griffin Jerky.

The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us

Remember to breathe deeply, and think about the first thing you ever fell in love with, that first magical thing you ever became a fan of. And then associate those memories with me and buy all of my albums on Spotify.

listen to the new Album out now from Rice Is Nice….

and you can follow/keep up with/ LIKE…Spod

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and don’t forget to visit Rice Is Nice Records for some great Bands and tunes that you should add to your collection……

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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