Techtones Profile

Simon Burt
2 Sep 2020

Auckland’s music community was going through a major transition in 1980. Emerging from the healthy (if you could call it that) punk scene, it seemed like every week there was a band replacing their safety pins with snappy suits in the manner of England’s “new wave” of popsters. One of the more promising and high-profile at the time, but strangely forgotten since, was Techtones.

Techtones was essentially a re-invention of very popular but rapidly disintegrating five-piece, Sheerlux. In early 1980, bassist Peter Solomon joined Sheerlux’s remaining members Steve Roach (guitar/vocals), Jimmy Juricevich (guitar/vocals) and Graeme Schnell (drums) for the band’s last gasp. A few weeks later Schnell had left, and Chris Burt was recruited from hard-working covers outfit Picture This. “I thought I was joining Sheerlux,” Burt recalls. “Picture This was also falling apart, so it seemed like a great offer.”

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Techtones – Chris Burt, Steve Roach, Peter Solomon, Jimmy Juricevich.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones complimentary pass.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones at the Rumba Bar, 1981.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones live, late 1980.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones - That Girl (Propeller, 1980)
Techtones at the Windsor Castle, January 1981, design by Terence Hogan. 
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones - The Silencer (Propeller, 1980)
Techtones - Too Young, the B-side to T.T.23 (Ripper, 1981)
Techtones posing for a publicity photo, wearing costumes designed by Ngila Dickson. Clockwise from left: Jimmy Juricevich, Steve Roach, Chris Burt, Peter Solomon.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones set list.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones, Rip It Up Extra, December 1980.
Photo credit: Murray Cammick
Techtones posing for a publicity photo, in costumes designed by Ngila Dickson. Clockwise from left: Jimmy Juricevich, Peter Solomon, Chris Burt, Steve Roach.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones - TT23 album tour poster, 1981.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones - TT23 album cover (Ripper, 1981)
The Furys and Techtones at a school cafe, 1981
Side 2 label, Techtones - TT23 album (Ripper, 1981)
Techtones, from left to right: Jimmy Juricevich, Chris Burt, Steve Roach, Peter Solomon.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Side one album label, Techtones - TT23 (Ripper, 1981)
Techtones performing live. Left to right: Peter Solomon, Jimmy Juricevich, Chris Burt, Steve Roach.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones, Furys and Androidss at Auckland's Mainstreet, 1981
Techtones - That Girl picture sleeve (Propeller, 1980)
Techtones onstage at Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland, supporting the B52s.
Techtones (L-R): Jimmy Juricevich, Chris Burt (drums), and Steve Roach.
Photo credit: Simon Burt collection
Techtones - back cover to That Girl/ The Silencer (Propeller, 1980)
Mainstreet band pass for Chris Burt of Techtones, April 1980.
Photo credit: Chris Burt collection
Techtones, Same Old Game, the B-side of State of Mind (CBS, 1981). Produced by Glyn Tucker, group photo by Louise Franklin.
Techtones - State Of Mind (CBS, 1981). Cover art by Terence Hogan.
The Techtones, 1980. Poster design by Joe Wylie. 
First page of a two-page press release on the Techtones from New Music Management, promoting their album and tour.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
Techtones. Peter Solomon (top), Chris Burt and Steve Roach (middle), Jimmy Juricevich (bottom).
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection. Photo by Louise Franklin.
Techtones tour poster, 1981.
Photo credit: Steve Roach collection
The poster for the opening night at XS
Members:

Jimmy Juricevich - guitar, vocals

Steve Roach - guitar, vocals

Peter Solomon - bass

Chris Burt - drums

Labels:

Propeller


Ripper