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Leeds, United Kingdom (2006 – present)

Hadouken! are a band formed in 2006 at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom by vocalist James Smith (born 1985) and guitarist Daniel “Pilau” Rice (born 1986). Many different terms have been applied to them to describe their style, including , , , , and . After forming their own record label, Surface Noise Records, in February 2006 Smith began writing and demoing the first Hadouken! tracks. The band was formed in October 2006 with Daniel Rice’s brother, drummer Nick Rice (born 1988) and James Smith’s girlfriend Alice Spooner who plays synths. In December 2006 they added bassist Chris Purcell (born 1986) to their lineup. Nick Rice’s brother Steve Rice was originally the band’s drummer, though pulled out after two weeks.

In February 2007 the band released their first record, a two song vinyl with the song “That Boy That Girl”, which gained mainstream popularity after the video, directed by friend Bob Harlow, made it onto MTV2. Shortly after the video, the band added bassist Chris Purcell. After releasing their 12-track mixtape “Not Here To Please You” on November 12, 2007 featuring originals and remixes, the band returned to the studio to complete their debut album Music for an Accelerated Culture. This featured nine new songs as well as the single “Liquid Lives” and was released on May 5th 2008. It achieved reasonable success reaching 12th in the UK album charts.

In mid-2009, the band recorded their second studio album, For the Masses, in Holland with drum and bass producers Noisia. The band described the new album as being different, both lyrically and musically.


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  • grigorynokhrin

    They're fucking amazing! [12]

    26 Jul 11:31am Reply
  • Petie__Weedie

    They're fucking amazing! [11]

    25 Jul 8:44pm Reply
  • girlindeath

    for the masses rulz. what happened to these guys, they just shine a time and lost now. dont like the oxyjen era. want their masses time to come back again. at least hope so.

    5 Jul 11:09am Reply
  • peppev


    1 Jul 6:45pm Reply
  • LorranCipriano

    Midnight <3

    21 Jun 8:24pm Reply
  • South_Hill

    Come to Ukraine

    18 Jun 6:56pm Reply
  • Alexburne

    For "Norma Jean" fnd "Every Time I Die" fans

    15 Jun 10:40am Reply
  • D_A_R_K_Phoenix

    "Midnight" is a total crap.

    13 Jun 5:17am Reply
  • marwin836

    Never thought I would love electronic music so much until I heard Hadouken!. [2]

    12 Jun 9:57pm Reply
  • Nordpolar

    Listens to Skrillex. Finds, "For the Masses" is a bad album.

    9 Jun 8:21am Reply
  • SayJustDie

    Не гоните, хуже не стали. Очень мощный альбом выдали в этом году.[4]

    31 May 6:31am Reply
  • sing_it_loud

    ахуительные ребята

    23 May 10:05pm Reply
  • MrsSima

    Не гоните, хуже не стали. Очень мощный альбом выдали в этом году.[3]

    16 May 8:18am Reply
  • Kiro_

    Can't wait for new releases ㅠㅠ

    1 May 10:32am Reply
  • Tiemuuu

    Bought "For The Masses". Easily in my top 3 list of WORST albums ever bought, alongside with Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned and Photek's Form & Function 2. Just awful.

    25 Apr 10:11am Reply
  • sanicdaheghod

    Never thought I would love electronic music so much until I heard Hadouken!.

    20 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • edikstepanov

    Что за жанр, давно слушаю уже, понять не могу.

    15 Apr 12:47pm Reply
  • nastyailove

    They're fucking amazing! [10]

    25 Mar 7:20pm Reply
  • frikiloko


    25 Mar 6:46pm Reply
  • Sad_r0b0t

    For The Masses просто огонь, а Every Weekend ни разу не хуже, но какой-то более спокойный получился. Жду не дождусь новых релизов.

    16 Mar 10:07pm Reply
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