The band ‘Quartz’ date back to as early as 1974, just when heavy metal was becoming a worldwide phenomenon. During the mid-seventies however they were known under a different name, known then as ‘Bandy Legs’. In 1976 they signed to Jet Records and shortly after they began supporting some of Rock’s biggest bands at that time including Black Sabbath and AC/DC. The band then changed their name prior to releasing their debut album to ‘Quartz’, with the album having the same name. The album was produced by the one and only Tom Iommi and shortly after it’s release the band went out on tour with the band to support it’s release. The band worked with a number of Rock’s biggest musicians in the 70’s, with Queen guitarist Brian May and Ozzy Osbourne featuring on the track ‘Circles’ that appeared as a B-Side to the ‘Stoking the Fires of Hell’ single. The band over their career have been associated with a lot of Rock and Metal’s biggest names, including Iron Maiden, Saxon, other former Heavy Metal Records band UFO, Gillan and even Rush.
In 1979 member the band’s line up changed when Geoff Nicholls left the band to join Black Sabbath, where he become the band’s new keyboardist and a key songwriter for the band from the brilliant ‘Heaven and Hell’ album up until 2004. The band however carried on and the following year they released their second album entitled ‘Stand Up and Fight’ in 1980. In the early 1980’s the band would then sign to Heavy Metal Records and released their last studio album ‘Against All Odds’ in 1983. The band was another fantastic effort from the band however line up changes and the loss of Geoff Nicholls led to the band disbanding not long after. Quartz reformed in 2011 to play a reunion gig on 16th December 2011 at The Asylum in Birmingham featuring most of the original line up, including Geoff Nicholls and a new vocalist David Garner.