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

Propeller


Ripper

Members:

Jimmy Juricevich - guitar, vocals

Steve Roach - guitar, vocals

Peter Solomon - bass

Chris Burt - drums