ANDRO COULTON'S ZXY
BASS LED/LEAD BASS
ANDRO COULTON'S ZXY are:-
Shaz Coulton:- Rhythm Guitar.
Octave Lead Bass Guitar & Vocals.
Nigel Maxwell-Keys:- Drums.
ANDRO COULTON'S ZXY are a classic rock band heavily influenced by early 1970’s bands such as:-Grand Funk Railroad, Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, early Black Sabbath and many others, in their own imitable style, which is to use bass guitar as the lead/solo instrument instead of ordinary guitar. This is achieved by Andro using an octave pedal to enable him to play through a bass guitar amp and guitar amp at the same time.
Andro was originally bass guitarist with the legendary NWOBHM band Witchfynde from 1975 – 1980. Witchfynde have influenced bands such as:- Metallica and Bauhaus. Witchfynde not only toured with Def Leppard on their first UK headlining tour but also played with bands such as Thin Lizzy, Girl School, Saxon and Iron Maiden to name but a few. During this time the band recorded their first album Give’em Hell with Andro on bass and backing vocals, the album was No1 in the UK music weekly Sounds independent chart for many weeks and the cd re-release of this album was voted no 25 in the best re-released albums of 2005 by Classic Rock magazine in the UK. Andro was also bass guitarist on three tracks of Witchfynde’s second album Stagefright before leaving the band.
His next projects after Witchfynde were as leader of the early 80’s bands Malleus and Sabotage where he teamed up with his future wife Shaz.
In 2006 Andro recorded a solo album called Dragonhead, with lyrics by Shaz and music by Andro. This was Andro’s first solo album and attempt at record production which has sold copies through out the world.
The idea for ZXY was conceived in 2010 as a vehicle to continue the song writing
talents of Shaz and Andro Coulton after their previous band Prophets For The Damned
unfortunately came to an end with guitarist Nick Higgins and Drummer Kirsty
Coulton leaving the band because of college commitments. This has now
culminated in the recording of 11 songs recorded during 2011 at Sharandor
Studios. The album was recorded in the same not overly produced way that bands
such as early Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Grand Funk Railroad etc,
used so that it has a raw live energetic sound and the album is called Evolvalution.
This album will be released on Vyper Records May 2013