The first lineup of Drone was formed in Auckland in early 1986 – members : Darryl Hocking , Dan Newnham, Gareth Farr and Rose Whitehead. Did a few gigs in Akld , Hamilton and New Plymouth – and released a 7″ ‘Land of the Free / The Farmers Song’ – own label. Gareth left at the end of 1986 and the other 3 continued. More gigs / tours all over NZ – released debut album on own label DDR, recorded The Fat Controller and left for gigs in the USA and Europe 1991. Settled in London – more gigs – got The Fat Controller released on QDK / Normal ( Germany ) – another 7″ on DDR ‘ Stravinsky / Cavern’ and an album on Freek Records. Final gig in London as DRONEnsemble, Jan 2000.
Darryl and Dan had played together before in Rome ( Tauranga 1982 – released one 7″ on their own label – ‘ A Collision / Authoritarian Mother / Jasna Gora ‘ – and supported Beat Rhythm Fashion over one weekend at the Taita Hotel , Lower Hutt, May 1982). Dan played in Chch. bands A Fragile Line and Crane 1983 – 84. Darryl’s project Snake Salvador and Drone stuff can be downloaded at – punchywah.com – Dan has a new project – Transcendental Learning Collective – demo at bandcamp – album finished and awaiting release. Art stuff can be seen at – djn.co.nz – also includes Drone details on the CV page.
– Dan Newnham
- Darryl Hocking (1986 – 2000)
- Dan Newnham (1986 – 2000)
- Gareth Farr (1986)
- Rose Whitehead (1986 – 2000)
- Land Of The Free 7″ Single (1986, DDR)
- Drone LP (1989, DDR, DDR1)
- Cavern 7″ Single (1993, DDR, DDR2)
- The Fat Controller EP (1993, Q.D.K. Media, CD007)
- Drone CD (1996, Freek Records, FRR024)
- Blow X Blow 7″ Single (1996, i, IRE1057)