Eye TV Profile

aka Nixons
Gareth Shute
18 Feb 2014

Eye TV began as The Nixons in 1990 and led the local field in heavy alternative rock. But there was already a band called The Nixons in the USA, so they took the name of their first album and subsequently eased up on the distortion pedals.

They signed deals with labels in the States and Australia, and then set off on two extensive USA tours. But their final breakthrough was in New Zealand, where they had hits with ‘Just the Way It Is’ and ‘One Day Ahead’. Their third album, Fire Down Below (2000) hit the Top 10, completing their transition to pop music. This final success wasn’t enough to keep the band going, but it was a fitting last statement of the band’s talent, as well their unpredictability.

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Sean Sturm
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Eye TV
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Mike Scott
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The Nixons - Down with a D
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The 1995 EP, Special Downtime.
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Eye TV - Luke Casey, Mike Scott, Sean Sturm.
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The Malchicks and The Nixons, September 1992
Photo credit: Jason Ennor collection
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Eye TV
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Luke Casey
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The Nixons - Eye TV
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Eye TV
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Eye TV - One Day Ahead
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The Nixon's Saturnalia tour, 1994
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The Nixons - Tick Tock
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Eye TV - Just the Way It Is
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The Nixons - Mark Pollard, Sean Sturm, Mike Scott
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The Nixons - Mike Scott, Sean Sturm and Mark Pollard
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Mike Scott, Sean Sturm, Mark Pollard
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1993 gig poster for Hamilton's Ward Lane
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The Nixons - Laughing
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The Nixons in 1995
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Eye TV - FFF
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Eye TV - Dynamite
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The picture used on the cover of the 1997 album Birdy-O of the top of Symonds St - Kurtz Lounge on the right-hand side before it was demolished to widen the street.
Photo credit: Mark Roach collection
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Eye TV - Wish It All Away
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Eye TV - Luke Casey, Sean Sturm, Mike Scott
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The Nixons - Mark Pollard, Sean Sturm, Mike Scott
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Interview with Sean Sturm and Michael Scott of the Nixons, 12 August 1994. Directed by Ross Cunningham.
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The Nixons - Sean Sturm, Mike Scott, Mark Pollard
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The Nixons' Malcolm Welsford-produced 1993 album Eye TV, which would provide the band's new name
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The Nixons, L to R: Michael Scott, Sean Sturm, Mark Pollard
Photo credit: Photo by Ian McCray
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The Nixons - Basement Static
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Mark Pollard also filled in on drums for Auckland group The Malchicks, who shared their practice space. After leaving the Nixons, he played in The Pet Rocks and Delta.

Luke Casey’s uncle (Andy Parker) was the drummer for UK heavy rockers UFO and Luke’s early forays into music were also noisy. He started out in an early incarnation of Flying Nun noise rock act SPUD (who were then called “Albino Slug”), before moving on to join hardcore act Bygone Era and metal band Seven Dials.

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Labels:

Pagan


Antenna Recordings


Incandescent


Silent Echo

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Members:

Sean Sturm - vocals, guitar, keyboards

Michael Scott - bass

Mark Pollard - drums

Luke Casey - drums

Grant Winterburn - keyboards