Zed (band)

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Zed (New Zealand)
Origin Christchurch, New Zealand
Genres Rock
Years active 1998–2005
Labels Universal Music
Past members Nathan King
Ben Campbell
Adrian Palmer
Andy Lynch

Zed was a New Zealand pop/rock four-piece band formed in 1998.


'Zed (originally known as Supra) was formed by students at Christchurch's Cashmere High School: Nathan King, Ben Campbell and Adrian Palmer, along with veteran manager Ray Columbus.

King felt the band needed a second guitarist; Andrew Lynch was hired in that capacity in 2000.

The band worked with producer David Nicholas on their first album Silencer. Rhythm and vocal tracks were recorded at Revolver Studios in Auckland, with final overdubbing and mixing at Mangrove Studios, north of Sydney, Australia. Recording sessions were over in seven weeks.

Released in New Zealand in 2000, "Silencer" debuted at number one on the New Zealand Album Charts, quickly achieving triple platinum status, and ultimately resulting in six hit singles. "Renegade Fighter" was also the number one song in New Zealand for the year 2000.

The band's final album This Little Empire was released with two different song lists, one for the New Zealand market in 2003, and another aimed at the United States the following year.

Zed took a break in 2005, and since then have reunited only for a small number of live gigs (a 2008 performance at Auckland's Vector Arena,[1] and two corporate events in 2011.[2])

Nathan King launched a solo career, then later sang with band Paper Planes. Campbell and Palmer formed a new band, Atlas, which disbanded in late 2008. Lynch is working as a session musician in Auckland.




Year Title Details Peak chart
2000 Silencer
  • Label: Universal Music NZ
2001 Silencer (bonus disc edition)
  • Label: Universal Music NZ
  • Catalogue: 0140382
2003 This Little Empire
  • Released: 11 November 2003
  • Label: Interscope Records
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
1999 "Oh! Daisy" 15 Silencer
"I'm Cold" 19
"Glorafilia" 9
2000 "Renegade Fighter" 4
"Come On Down" 12
2001 "Drivers Side" 36
2003 "Starlight" 15 This Little Empire
"Hard to Find Her" 9
2004 "Don't Worry Baby" 16
"She Glows" 21
2005 "Firefly"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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