Australian Tour August 2008
They took their name from the legendary special move from arcade game Street fighter and just like their namesake, Hadouken! have been blowing up all over the world. The Leeds 5 piece is set to explode their energetic sound across Australia in August.
Their unique brand of nu-rave/grime has propelled them the forefront of the UK scene in a little over 12 months. Hadouken! are a band that came out of nowhere, but refused to be ignored creating new youth anthems “That Boy That Girl” and “Get Smashed Gate Crash”. Hadouken! construct a brand of high energy rap fuelled dance music that screams through your stereo and slams you against the back wall.
Hadouken! are a blitz of UK youth culture’s high speed neon savagery. With lyrics about binge drinking, relationships, debts, parties and love are not meant for the faint hearted or the over 30’s. Their crass themes mashed with gritty gameboy inspired sounds have resonated with a generation across the UK and online. Hadouken! has attracted almost 5 million hits to their MySpace alone making them easily one of the biggest buzz bands around.
The group formed in 2006 when former grime producer James Smith called upon his girlfriend Alice Spooner, Chris Purcell and brothers Nick and Dan Rice. They joke that Hadouken! Is a band of two brothers, two lovers and a guy named Chris.
By 2007 they had begun the gain more recognition when they received airplay from BBC 1 guest programmer Mike Skinner of the Streets. NME has described them as “a savage, snarling work of genius”. 2008 has seen an appearance on a Kitsune Maison compilation and the band booked to play festivals like Summersonic (Japan) and Reading.
Australian audiences will get a chance to witness Hadouken! for the first time in August in support of their debut album ‘Music for an Accelerated Culture’.
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