Zed Profile

aka Supra
AudioCulture
29 Jul 2019

Zed was the contender of the early 2000s. The first five singles from the Christchurch teenagers all entered the Top 20 and debut album Silencer went No.1 in the New Zealand charts, quickly selling 45,000 units. Songs such as ‘Glorafilia’ and ‘Renegade Fighter’ have remained in the national consciousness, reminders of a new era when radio and New Zealand rock once again had a symbiotic relationship. They were radio friendly, professional and ambitious.

The band was formed in the mid-1990s by three students at Cashmere High School: Ben Campbell, Nathan King, and Adrian Palmer. They had grown up on well-crafted pop of an earlier era, and influences included acts such as Radiohead and Supergrass.  

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Ben Campbell, Zed, 2001 NZ Music Awards.
Photo credit: Recorded Music NZ
Zed's Andy Lynch and Nathan King, 2001 NZ Music Awards.
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Zed and Tadpole at the Dux de Lux, Christchurch, 13-14 August 1999.
Zed set list, Invercargill, 18 February 2000.
Zed - This Little Empire cover art.
Zed, winners of the Tui for Best Album at the 2001 NZ Music Awards. From left to right: Ben Campbell, Andy Lynch, Nathan King, Adrian Palmer. Manager Ray Columbus is at right.
Zed onstage at the 2001 NZ Music Awards: Andy Lynch, Adrian Palmer (drums, obscured), Nathan King, Ben Campbell.
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Zed, from left: Adrian Palmer, Ben Campbell, Nathan King, Andy Lynch.
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Zed - Renegade Fighter (2000)
Nathan King from Zed at the Melt concert in North Hagley Park, Christchurch, 6 February 2000. Other acts included Dead Flowers and Fuce.
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An early photo of Zed for the Glorifilia single cover: Adrian Palmer, Nathan King, Ben Campbell.
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Zed: Andy Lynch, Nathan King, Adrian Palmer, Ben Campbell.
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Zed In the Park set list, New Year's Eve 1999.
Zed - Driver's Side (2001)
Zed - She Glows (2003)
Zed on tour: Ben Campbell, Andy Lynch, Nathan King, Adrian Palmer.
Zed - Oh! Daisy (1999)
Zed's Ben Campbell performing at the 2001 NZ Music Awards.
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Nathan King onstage with Zed, 2001 NZ Music Awards.
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Zed, 2019. Ben Campbell, Adrian Palmer, Nathan King, Andy Lynch.
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Zed collecting the Tui for Best Album at the 2001 NZ Music Awards: Nathan King, Adrian Palmer, Andy Lynch, Ben Campbell.
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Zed on the rocks: Ben Campbell, Andy Lynch, Nathan King, Adrian Palmer.
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Zed, from left: Nathan King, Andy Lynch, Ben Campbell, Adrian Palmer.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Zed - Glorafilia (1999)
Zed, from left to right: Ben Campbell, Andy Lynch, Nathan King, Adrian Palmer.
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Nathan King, Zed, 2001 NZ Music Awards.
Photo credit: Recorded Music NZ
Zed: Nathan King, Andy Lynch, Adrian Palmer, Ben Campbell.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Nathan King from Zed, 2001 NZ Music Awards.
Photo credit: Recorded Music NZ
Members:

Nathan King - vocals, guitar

Ben Campbell - bass, vocals

Adrian Palmer - drums

Andy Lynch - guitar

Labels:

Universal


Interscope