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.
In April 1982 Nocturnal Projections captured ‘Nerve Ends In Powerlines’ and ‘In Purgatory’ with old school producer Tony Moan at Stebbing studios for a self-released single that they made available in June 1982. The same month, they began recording their definitive statement Another Year – a five song EP for new Auckland indie imprint Hit Singles – which peeked into the charts at No.44 in November.
Out of town shows in Whangarei and New Plymouth speckled a busy live schedule, which took in the Windsor Castle and a prized support spot The Fall in August and before John Cooper Clarke and New Order at Mainstreet in early December.
The rest of New Zealand got a chance to check them out alongside Children’s Hour in March and April 1983. Their second EP for Hit Singles, Understanding Another Year In Darkness, emerged in June 1983 after the group split.
Nerve Ends In Powerlines, a 1995 retrospective compilation for German label Raffmond Records, collected tracks from the three records, live performances, and an unreleased third EP, alongside, intricate acoustic guitar based songs from Graeme Jefferies.
Auckland reissue label Raw Power Records then plundered Nocturnal Projections two self-released 1981 tapes for an extended play single, Worldview (1998).
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.
Graeme Jefferies - guitar
Brett Jones - bass
Gordon Rutherford - drums