The Newtones Profile

Andrew Schmidt
22 May 2013

Tony Peake was a crucial figure in the development of the Christchurch punk and post-punk scene. The punk, new wave and reggae records he imported through the University Bookshop were a vital source of new music for the city’s musicians and music fans.

The charismatic Tony Peake was also a performer but his early bands ­– the punkish Vandals and the more experimental Street of Flowers – never recorded. He left his mark with The Newtones alongside bass player Mark Brooks (another major player in the Garden City punk scene with The Vauxhalls) and drummer Graeme van der Colk (in his first serious band). After forming in mid-1980, they quickly became regulars in a thriving scene at The Gladstone.

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The Newtones - Graeme Van Der Colk, Mark Brooks, Tony Peake
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The Newtones – Mark Brooks, Graeme Van Der Colk, Tony Peake
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The lyrics to Christchurch Pt. 2 off the Paint The Town Red EP
Photo credit: Mark Brooks collection
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Paint The Town Red
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Androidss, Newtones, Playthings, Ritchie Venus @ The Gladstone
Photo credit: Robin Neate - Christchurch City Libraries Collection
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The Newtones in the Quad at the Christchurch Arts Centre, March, 1981
Photo credit: Photo by Gordon Bartram
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The Newtones head south
Photo credit: Andrew Schmidt Collection
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The Newtones with soundman, Fred Kramer. L to R: Graeme Van Der Colk, Mark Brooks, Fred Kramer, Tony Peake
Photo credit: Andrew Schmidt Collection
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Robin Neate's proof sheet of Newtones photos for the My World single, October 1981
Photo credit: Photos by Robin Neate. Mark Brooks collection
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Mark Brooks, Tony Peake and Martin Archbold
Photo credit: Andrew Schmidt Collection
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Tony Peake - vocal, guitar

Mark Brooks - bass, vocals

Graeme van der Colk - drums

Martin Archbold - drums