The energy of a club-bouncing Electro rave is hard to recreate on an album, but UK-based band Hadouken! does just that on their new release, Every Weekend, out this week via Surface Noise Records. Frontman James Smith said the group wanted to craft a record that acted as a unifying, hedonistic force, and the band doesn’t disappoint with their new full-length effort — a bass-thumping, atmospheric adventure of an album.
Formed in 2006, the forceful five-piece drew its name from the special attack in the video game Street Fighter (which, if you haven’t seen, is a “surge of spirit energy” shot from one’s hands) and this moniker is fitting as the group definitely packs some serious punch. For the new record, the band wanted to channel the spirit of the UK weekend, or as they put it, the feeling of pure bass-driven escapism. With enough bass drops to make Skrillex smile and a plethora of anthemic vocal hooks, Every Weekend is a balanced record that hits hard.
The Electro enthusiasts from London blend House, Dubstep, and an assortment of Electronic flavors into their highly anticipated third album, which is chock-full of wobbling, grimey bass tones and celestial synth lines. In addition to the diverse array of sounds, Hadouken! recruited a smattering of world-class producers for the record, including Bristol’s Loadstar (who worked on “Parasite,” “Levitate,” “Stop Time,” and “Come Down”), Noisia, and Drumsound & Bassline Smith.
Check out the music video for the band’s newest single, “Levitate,” below. It features a human slingshot, a ton of longboards, a pair of denim overalls, and a lot of epic wipeouts — need we say more? And if you’re located across the pond, catch the UK tour dates for the group after the jump.
Hadouken! UK Tour Dates:
March 20: McClusky’s, Kingston
April 17: The Waterfront, Norwich
April 18: The Cockpit, Leeds
April 19: The Arches, Glasgow
April 20: O2 Academy 2 Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne
April 22: The Leadmill, Sheffield
April 23: The Library at The Institute, Birmingham
April 24: Academy 2, Manchester
April 25: Electric Ballroom, London
April 26: Concorde 2, Brighton
April 27: Bristol Fleece, Bristol