Loud and proud

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Queenstown music fans are in for a double dose of high voltage rock when a tour dubbed ‘Live & Loud’ hits the Dux this week. 

Tomorrow night’s headbanging bill features epic-sounding Christchurch band Sleeping Dogs and the 15-strong outfit House of Mountain. 

Sleeping Dogs’ extravagant songs are already being compared to the likes of Queen and Muse, while House of Mountain pound the crowd into submission with their relentless wall of sound. 

“We were compelled by the Rock Gods to start a band,” claims the Dogs’ classically-trained pianist Thomas Reid. 

Reid also warns that the four-piece band’s over-the-top bass player – simply known as Rocky – is a showman extraordinaire. 

“He bounces around the stage like his sneakers are on fire,” Reid says. “He’s frequently the group’s lighter relief and therefore an ideal balance in an industry that attracts deeply brooding artistic types.” 

Although they only formed in 2009, Sleeping Dogs are already far travelled. 

In May last year they went to Britain to finish their debut album Myth Reducer and are delighted with the results. 

They roped in acclaimed Kiwi actress Brooke Williams, from television hit Outrageous Fortune, to star in the video for the title track – and they’ve been getting a great reaction from TV music shows and radio stations around New Zealand. 

Sleeping Dogs’ touring buddies House of Mountain boast a lineup of top-class session musos and vow to “kick ass” in Queenstown.

Catch Sleeping Dogs and House of Mountain at Dux de Lux tomorrow from 9pm