Drone Profile

Andrew Schmidt
7 Dec 2015

It’s late 1982 and Barry Jenkin is spinning a plain label 45 by the little-known band Rome on his popular late night ZM network radio show. “A doomy guitar band from Tauranga,” the influential DJ pronounces in a deep smoky voice as the song drifts off, before adding that he will only play the record once.

No matter. The solitary airing proved more than enough. For those listening outside the main population areas the track being highlighted, ‘A Collision’, was a revelation. Here finally was proof that the New Zealand post-punk resurgence was bearing fruit in the nation’s smaller centres.

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DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
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Drone - Moonsong
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Drone - Pole Video (1987)
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Drone in Wellington, October 1987
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Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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Darryl Hocking, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
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Darryl Hocking and Daniel Newnham at a Drone rehearsal
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Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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Drone at The Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
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Drone - Dance O' Machine Gun (1989)
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Drone at Auckland's Muriwai Beach: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
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Drone, London, Brixton, UK, 1993
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Drone - Greenwich (2000)
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Rosemary Whitehead at a Drone rehearsal
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Drone: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
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Rome: Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
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Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
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Drone: Darryl Hocking, Rosemary Whitehead and Daniel Newnham
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DRONEnsemble
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Daniel Newnham, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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Drone: Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
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Rome at the Taita Hotel, Wellington, May 1982
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Drone in Wellington, October 1987
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Darryl Hocking and Daniel Newnham at a Drone rehearsal
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Drone - Opus I (1989)
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Drone - Music for Guitar and Piano
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Drone at City Gallery, Wellington, 1990
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Drone at Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
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Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
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Q.D.K. Media


Freek


Adespoton Productions

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Trivia:

All three key Drone members still perform and record: Rosemary in The Grey Lynn Ukuladies; Darryl in Snake Salvador with Kevin Tutt; Daniel in TLC.

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Members:

Daniel Newnham - bass, cello, vocals

Darryl Hocking - guitar, vocals

Gareth Farr - percussion

Rosemary Whitehead - violin, keyboards, vocals

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