Selwyn Sounds: Zed back together for the love of it

Zed members Ben Campbell, Adrian Palmer, Nathan King and Andy Lynch will play Selwyn Sounds on...
Zed members Ben Campbell, Adrian Palmer, Nathan King and Andy Lynch will play Selwyn Sounds on March 7.
When Zed formed in the late 1990s, they were a group of fresh-faced teenagers from a Christchurch high school.

The band’s transition from the classroom to reaching international audiences and being managed by New Zealand music legend Ray Columbus happened quickly.

Their first album Silencer debuted at No 1 on the New Zealand album charts in 2000 and included hit singles Renegade Fighter and Glorafilia.

Lead singer and guitarist Nathan King said the highlights of their young career include opening for Robbie Williams and Coldplay and touring Europe.

Now fans who want to take a trip down memory lane and hear a set filled with Kiwi classics can do so when Zed reunites after 15 years to play at Selwyn Sounds on March 7.

King said the band is looking forward to playing in front of fans whose lives may have been impacted by their music.

“We love bringing a show which involves the crowd.

"We will be playing all the hits but also there [will be] some surprises there and there are some nods to our heroes in terms of a cover or two that we do which I think people will love. We’re just very conscious as a band, we were a big part of a lot of people’s lives growing up.”

The crowd at Selwyn Sounds will be treated to Zed’s original line up of King, and fellow Cashmere High School old boys Ben Campbell and Adrian Palmer, as well as Andy Lynch.

King said the band has developed musically over the years the members have been apart and they are looking forward to showing this off.

“Musically, I think we’ve all developed and matured over the years.

"We got together for our comeback shows that we had in September and as the frontman with essentially three guys playing with me, I was blown away by the calibre of musicianship that was still there and still evident after all these years.”

King said the pressure on Zed to make a living in the band's early days has now gone. King and Lynch now run Auckland-based music studio Hum Studios, Campbell owns Akaroa restaurant Ma Maison, and Palmer is the-owner of the Addington Coffee Co-op.

Zed will play Selwyn Sounds purely for the love of it, said King.






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