Andro Coulton's ZXY





Shaz Coulton:- Rhythm Guitar.

Andro Coulton:- Octave Lead Bass Guitar &  Vocals.

Jake Weekes:- Drums.

Gram Swan:- Vocals

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. 

In 1980 just three days after he left Witchfynde, Andro Coulton together with his future wife Shaz formed Malleus.

Over the next 2 years the band went through several line-up changes but despite this they managed to play a considerable amount of gigs around the UK.

The band officially split up in 1983, however not long after this split in early 1984  Andro and Shaz went into the studio to record Malleus tracks. Only Andro and Shaz were on the recordings and until 2016 these recordings which are a 'lost' chapter of New Wave of British Heavy Metal have never been released.

The appetite from NWOBHM fans around the world for the release of these tracks and the renaissance of interest in both NWOBHM and Malleus had prompted Andro and Shaz to consider a return to the stage as Malleus.  

In 2017 it was decided that Malleus should return.

​ Things have moved quickly and Malleus have been booked by many promoters and venues, so with these gigs and studio time booked NWOBHM fans can finally see Malleus live again and will soon be able to add Malleus to their album collection.

In the meantime the 1984 recordings have surfaced on the first official Mallues release the 3 track EP White Noise which is available through Andro's label Vyper Records from Monday 25th April 2016.

34 years may have passed but the band that NWOBHM lost have returned in 2018....

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