The Newmatics Profile

aka Newmatics, Sistermatic
Andrew Schmidt
16 Apr 2013

Up there on the high hall stage, The Newmatics are emerging, one by one, ushered in by a slim powerful horn section. With short hair, Modish suits and pointy-toed black shoes. They look so British. And Britain is where it’s happening right now.

Singer Mark Clare strides confidently on in the fanfare’s wake and starts working the capacity crowd like an old hand in a classic soul revue as the group blasts out number after original number, including tracks from the Top 20 charting double single Broadcast O.R.

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Maybe the Newmatics last gig at Mainstreet, 1982? With guests: John Quigley (from The Bongos), Nick Crowther (Prime Movers), Brian Tipa (Bongos), Mark Clare, Kelly Rogers and Chris Watts
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Mark Clare's artwork for the 'Broadcast OR' double 45, 1981
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Benny Staples (right) with The Woodentops 
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The Newmatics 1981 - Benny Staples, Mark Clare, Simon Clark, Jeff Smith, Sid Pasley
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Sistermatic, 1988
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Sid Pasley, Mark Clare, Benny Staples, Kelly Rogers, Simon Clark, Jeff Smith - 1981, at John's Diner, cnr Albert and Swanson Streets
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The Newmatics, mid-1980 - Mark Clare, Simon Clark, Jeff Smith, Sid Pasley, Dick Reed
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The Newmatics: Brent 'Sid' Pasley, Ben Staples, Mark Clare, Simon Clark, Jeff Smith
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The 'Riot Squad' - Mark Clare's inner sleeve for the Newmatics double 7-inch, adapted from a police graduation photo around the time of the 1981 tour
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Mark Clare, Sid Pasley
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October 1981 RipItUp cover
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Riot Squad
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1981, perhaps at a private party? Simon Clark, Sid Pasley, Benny Staples, Mark Clare, Jeff Smith
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The handwritten lyrics to the debut Newmatics single Judas, released in April 1981
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Sid Pasley, Benny Staples, Mark Clare
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The Newmatics at XS
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Judas poster - 1981
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At XS Café with original drummer Rick Reed
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Sistermatic - Benny Staples, Koi-Ski, Sina Saipaia, Sid Pasley, Mark Clare
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Members:

Mark Clare - vocals

Jeff Smith - bass

Brent ‘Sid’ Pasley - guitar

Benny Staples - drums

Dick Reed (aka Rick Reed) - drums

Simon Clark - saxophone

Kelly Rogers - saxophone

Chris Watts - brass

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Trivia:

Mark Clare is an Auckland based actor and director.

Jeff Smith is a documentary maker and cameraman, who co-directed the 2011 Chants R&B documentary Rumble and Bang.

Ben Staples drummed for The Woodentops in the U.K, Lava Lava and his T Son project.

Kelly Rogers was involved in setting up and managing Rialto Cinemas.

Sistermatic’s single was withdrawn after one morning’s sales due to a threat of legal action – it named a financier then on the run from the authorities for fraud.