Queenstown’s band of brothers clicks

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Some of Queenstown’s most popular covers-band musos have teamed up for an all-originals local supergroup. 

English brothers Anthony and Dave Waldock are best known around the resort bars for belting out Pearl Jam and Kings of Leon numbers as acoustic duo A.n.D. 

The pair has now teamed up with Mutz Nutz drummer Matt Wilson and ex-Magnum Force bassist Nick Nairne to form new outfit Mandatory Sound. 

Their live debut went down a storm with punters at the Dux last month – despite a few sound gremlins – and they’re back at the same venue tomorrow night. 

“An amplifier blew up while we were playing, which caused a few problems,” Wilson says. 

“That aside, we were really pleased with the way everything turned out and the crowd certainly seemed to
like it.” 

The Waldock brothers are busy several nights a week with A.n.D. but had been searching around for the right outlet for their self-penned tracks. 

“We really enjoy playing other people’s songs but it’s also good to show we can write our own stuff as well, so that’s why we put Mandatory Sound together,” Anthony says. 

Wilson joined the new band when his Mutz Nutz mates recently took a break from gigging and went on an overseas trip. 

“I was looking for something to do over the winter months and the project with Anthony and Dave clicked
straight away,” Wilson explains. 

“Within 10 days of us first getting together to jam, we played our first show, so it all came together really quickly. 

“To pull a four-piece band together within a few days and play a set of all-original music was pretty impressive. 

“Anthony and Dave had written the songs over the past few years so everything was pretty much ready to go.” 

Wilson describes their rock-based music as “a bit like Jeff Buckley mixed with the Dave Matthews Band”, and reckons Mandatory Sound is a long-term project. 

As well as tomorrow night’s gig at the Dux, the group has been asked to open the show for rising Wellington rockers Supermodel at gigs in Queenstown and Wanaka next month. 

The Queenstown lads also plan to rush-release their debut album to coincide with the dates.