dread beat and blood

david grace, nana parata, alan huriwai, nathan rae, johnny tipuna, nathan warren, tam epiha, hope pohatu and gerald grace.


picks in bold

  • tribute to a friend [1985]


yuri frusin and helen johnstone (also both of garbage and the flowers). both members have since reunited with GATFs guitarist paul ling in the melbourne-based minit.


picks in bold

  • dress 10″ lathe-cut ep [hell on]

drones de dames

picks in bold

  • gymnastic 12″ lathe-cut [self-released]

dribbling darts

matthew bannisters post-sneaky feelings band, along with alice bulmer, alan gregg, ross burge. they later shortened the name to just the dribbling darts, and released 2 albums and 3 eps – all on flying nun from 1990 through 1993. noteable for their hugely catchy single ‘hey judith’.


picks in bold

  • shoot 12″ ep [1990 flying nun FN161]
  • florid dabblers voting 12″ ep [1991 flying nun FN197]
  • dribbling darts of love [1991 compilation flying nun FN213]
  • present perfect [1993 flying nun FN247]
  • ‘hey judith’/’how to waterski’/’it’s not unnatural’/’let me be mean’ (original version) cd single [1993 flying nun FN273]


john pitcairn, steven sinkovich and michael kwok. put out a self-titled album on flying nun in 1995.
picks in bold


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

Discography (picks in bold)

  • Land Of The Free / The Farmers Song 7″ [1986 Ddr]

  • Drone [1989 Ddr1]

  • The Fat Controller Ep [1993 Q.D.K. Media Cd007]

  • Stravinsky / Cavern 7″ [1993 Ddr]


drongo’s, the

richard kennedy, jean and tony mcmaster and john mitchell.
picks in bold

  • the drongos ep [1985 wea]
  • small miracles [live recording 1985 proteus PROTE2]

drowning is easy

formulative and short-lived christchurch post-punk band featuring future scorched earth policy members ian blenkinsop (guitar, vocals) and mick elborado (bass, vocals) along with craig davison (drums, vocals) and andrew vallance (keyboards). the formed in early 1981, and split in late march 1982, with only a split 7″ ep left to document their brief existence.
picks in bold

  • you explode me! woman 7″ split ep [1982 w/ erich zann, the zeds tandem PR2012A]

drugs vs. grandchildren

kez and shaun jury.
picks in bold

  • noise and fumes 7″ lathe-cut ep [dirtlove]
  • ‘gravity bleeds’/’a waste’/’the secret in the sea’ 7″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • black eye staredown: ‘words are power’/’30 seconds remaining’ 7″ lathe-cut [dirtlove]
  • sick monks in a dirty room lathe-cut 12″ ep [1995 discordant axis]