Guest Collector: Hadouken!
Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:21:08
When you name your band after the most renowned special attack from the arcade classic Street Fighter, your music better deliver a hefty punch. That's why UK export Hadouken! pack their indie with grinding electro beats and spit melodies spiked with cockney attitude. As they gear up to bring their debut, Music for an Accelerated Culture, stateside, we caught up with the group via email to get a list of their favorite albums and catch a glimpse of what to expect from their US invasion.
Prodigy - Experience
Probably the biggest single influence on our sound and production.
Radiohead - OK Computer
Radiohead's constant evolution as a band is massively inspiring and something we will always aspire to.
The Streets - Original Pirate Material
Mike Skinner is definitely one of our favorite current lyricists and this is his finest work.
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say That I Am, That's What I'm Not
Another great lyricist and a fantastic band, infinitely superior to the rest of the current crop of British indie bands.
At The Drive In - Relationship of Command
A hugely underrated classic, we put this album on before going on stage to get everyone hyped.
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
One of the bands that got us excited by live music again when we were starting out.
Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
Rap/rock was generally a terrible idea for most bands involved, but RATM were the exception. This album is ace, every track is devastatingly intense.
The Chemical Brothers - Surrender
We're currently writing and recording our second album and it definitely feels like there will be a distinct chemical brothers influence coming through on some tracks.
Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only
A really fun and exciting album that soundtracked a lot of good times for us when it came out.
Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
Dizzee's vocal is incredible, an instant classic.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff