Hadouken! return with a brand new EP on September 14 that cements their reputation as Britain’s most dynamic and forward-thinking young band.
Recorded in Holland with gilded Dutch electronic dance producers Noisia, the M.A.D EP is proof of further massive progression for the quintet. The EP evolves the cutting edge dance-rock sound unveiled on their UK number 12 debut album, 2008’s Music For An Accelerated Culture, by delivering tracks that are harder, louder, more rhythmic and tightly focused than anything they’ve attempted before.
If an historic comparison was to be attempted, cast your mind far back to the earliest, comparatively sketchy works by the likes of the Prodigy or the Chemical Brothers. Britain’s next great dance-rock band have arrived.
Lead track M.A.D (an acronym for Mutually Assured Destruction) is a booming, bass-heavy explosion that ponders the psychology of violence in the broadest sense. Musically, it’s a bold statement of intent, the perfect mix of state of the art rhythm, edge of your seat guitars, and bright-eyed, keen-witted howling at the moon.
There are also three remixes of M.A.D on the EP by Detboi, Phace and Plastician respectively, as well as two more brand new tracks: Something Very BAD, which is exclusive to this EP, and a dub of Ugly, a track that will appear in a different form on the forthcoming, as yet untitled second album.
“I feel like the stars are aligning for us right now,” says vocalist James Smith. “The Prodigy came back with a huge hit record this year. I’ve seen Chase and Status rise to the forefront, Pendulum too, and the whole dubstep scene.
"We’re cut from the same cloth as all that but I think we’re doing something really new and exciting with the M.A.D EP, as well as with the album that we’ve also recorded with Noisia. It’s a big, big progression. The time is right for us.
12th – Cleethorpes Rocks Festival
22nd - Academy, Derby
23rd – Moho Live (16+), Manchester
25th – Liverpool Academy, Liverpool
26th – 53 Degreed (16+), Preston
27th – Waterfront, Norwich
29th – Forum (16+), Hertfordshire
30th – Stylus (14+), Leeds
3rd – Blockparty @ Custard Factory, Birmingham
4th – Foundry (14+), Sheffield
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