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The Hong Kong Sleepover
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Hometown: Macomb, Ill.
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Ted Renner — lead vocals
Pete Thompson — lead guitar/vocals
Mike Kump— drums
Waylon Brown — bass

Musical Influences
Motorhead, Anthrax, Corrosion of Conformity and Metallica (pre-haircuts).
From the Band
Before you begin to point your fingers at their faults, you should know that The Hong Kong Sleepover already knows they’re not perfect, nor pretend to be. In fact, the more distorted and deranged you think they are, the closer you are to what really drives them, which is honesty. An honest, stripped down approach to the genre of music that brought you Motorhead, Anthrax, Corrosion of Conformity, and Metallica (pre-haircuts) is the desired result of their live performances, which are more like metaphoric sacrifices to the god of metal – who resembles Lemmy Kilmister, only with horns. It was this deity that was summoned to produce their first LP, "Mustard," which was released in the autumnal equinox of 2009, and contains ten original tracks.

Mustard is a collaborative effort by all four members of The Hong Kong Sleepover, who formed almost exactly half-way around the world from the Far Eastern city from which they take their name. While Macomb, Ill., has seven million people less than Hong Kong, it did have the good fortune of being the residence of band co-founders Ted Renner (lead vocals) and Pete Thompson (lead guitar/vocals) who quickly recruited Mike Kump to play drums. Several months later, the band found a young, but able Statesboro, Georgia native Waylon Brown to play bass. With Brown in place, The Hong Kong Sleepover immediately felt as if all pistons were firing. They were able to shred the veil of anonymity and demand that their "laugh at yourself and your puny existence" message be heard.

While the band demands that The Hong Kong Sleepover fans take a tongue-in-cheek approach to their music, make no mistake, this is not the approach the band took when recording their debut album. The making of Mustard is an extremely serious venture that is evident early in the album by the Mao Zedong-like call to arms, “Fist of Consequence.” An evidently humorous song, “The Greasy Wheel,” follows later, but there is nothing funny about the driving rhythm and lead guitar that make this track a staple in the band’s live shows. And the arrogant march of “Bad as They Come” follows an Alice Cooper-like power chord slither, and is only complemented by the thrash metal “Hatchet Man,” which, instead of letting you slowly off the hook at the end of the album, adds that one last, "in your face" drive.

So, until The Hong Kong Sleepover pushes their way through the government controlled airwaves and kicks you in the head while you unconsciously suffocate inside your leased Ford Focus, take the initiative to pass through their proverbial “demilitarized zone” and check them out for yourself.

"Mustard" LP - 2009

"Hatchet Man"