Drone Profile

Andrew Schmidt
7 Dec 2015

It’s late 1982 and Barry Jenkin is spinning a plain label 45 by the little-known band Rome on his popular late night ZM network radio show. “A doomy guitar band from Tauranga,” the influential DJ pronounces in a deep smoky voice as the song drifts off, before adding that he will only play the record once.

No matter. The solitary airing proved more than enough. For those listening outside the main population areas the track being highlighted, ‘A Collision’, was a revelation. Here finally was proof that the New Zealand post-punk resurgence was bearing fruit in the nation’s smaller centres.

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Drone - Music for Guitar and Piano
Drone: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Rome: Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Rosemary Whitehead at a Drone rehearsal
DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
Drone in Wellington, October 1987
Drone, London, Brixton, UK, 1993
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
Darryl Hocking and Daniel Newnham at a Drone rehearsal
Drone at Auckland's Muriwai Beach: Rosemary Whitehead, Daniel Newnham and Darryl Hocking
Drone: Darryl Hocking, Rosemary Whitehead and Daniel Newnham
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone at City Gallery, Wellington, 1990
Drone in Wellington, October 1987
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Rome at the Taita Hotel, Wellington, May 1982
Daniel Newnham, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone: Darryl Hocking, Daniel Newnham and Rosemary Whitehead
Drone at Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
Drone - Dance O' Machine Gun (1989)
Drone - Greenwich (2000)
Drone - Pole Video (1987)
DRONEnsemble, Freemans Bay Community Centre, Auckland, October 1987
Drone - Opus I (1989)
Darryl Hocking, Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000
Drone - Moonsong
Drone at The Rising Sun, Auckland, 1988
Drone at Catherine Grove Studios in Greenwich, London, 2000


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All three key Drone members still perform and record: Rosemary in The Grey Lynn Ukuladies; Darryl in Snake Salvador with Kevin Tutt; Daniel in TLC.


Daniel Newnham - bass, cello, vocals

Darryl Hocking - guitar, vocals

Gareth Farr - percussion

Rosemary Whitehead - violin, keyboards, vocals