Nocturnal Projections Profile

Andrew Schmidt
22 May 2013

Nocturnal Projections’ soaring harmonic avant rock was one of New Zealand’s stand-out responses to the bottomless pool of left-field sound coming out of the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The New Plymouth post-punk quartet of Peter and Graeme Jefferies (vocals, guitar), Brett Jones (bass) and Gordon Rutherford (drums) were resident at New Plymouth’s Lion Tavern from July 1981 until February 1982, where they built up the dynamic, nervy set they took to Auckland in March. There they linked up with the Queen city’s strong post-punk crop for performances at The Reverb Room, Rumba Bar, city halls and Mainstreet cabaret.

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99 Change Hands at the Piccadilly, February 14, 1981. After the 4th gig they would be renamed as Nocturnal Projections.
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You'll Never Know
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Ad for 'Nerve Ends In Powerlines', 1982
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Peter Jefferies with Nocturnal Projections, New Plymouth 1981
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Pink Noise was Graeme and Peter Jefferies band prior to Nocturnal Projections. Lion Tavern, October 1980
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Nocturnal Projections at St. Josephs Hall, New Plymouth, March 1981
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The first cassette from 1981
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Worldview 7" compilation from 1998
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Nocturnal Projections at the Onerahi Hotel, Whangarei, June 1982
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Nocturnal Projections at the Westown Public Hall, March 1981
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Andrew Frengley, Gordon Rutherford, Graeme Jefferies, Brett Jones, Peter Jefferies
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Nerve Ends in Power Lines, 1995
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Graeme Jefferies with Nocturnal Projections, 1981
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Peter Jefferies and Brett Jones, Nocturnal Projections, Lion Tavern, 1981
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Nocturnal Projections, 13 February 1981
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Nocturnal Projections, late 1981: Peter Jefferies, Graeme Jefferies, Brett Jones and Gordon Rutherford
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The second cassette, from 1981
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Brett Jones, Peter Jefferies, Andrew Frengley (sound), Graeme Jefferies, Gordon Rutherford
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Understanding
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Gordon Rutherford with Nocturnal Projections, Lion Tavern, 1981
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Graeme Jefferies with Nocturnal Projections at The Lion Tavern, 1981
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Out of My Hands
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Nocturnal Projections, Lion Tavern, New Plymouth, 28–29 August, 1981
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In Purgatory
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Nocturnal Projections, Auckland 1982
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Peter Jefferies on Nocturnal Projections (Ross Cunningham interview, December 2016)
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Gordon Rutherford and Brett Jones, Nocturnal Projections, Lion Tavern, 1981
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Nocturnal Projections
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Trivia:

Gordon Rutherford became an in demand soundman in Auckland, who later drummed in Muttongun, a 1990s outfit with Justin Harwood, who released two albums.

Peter Jefferies was a central mover in Xpressway Records.

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Members:

Peter Jefferies - vocals

Graeme Jefferies - guitar

Brett Jones - bass

Gordon Rutherford - drums

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Hit Singles


Raw power

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