Despite signing to Ministry of Sound in April last year, Hadouken! are still yet to release their long-awaited third album.
Since their new record deal, the band have unveiled two new singles – but still no album. Hadouken! frontman James Smith sat down to chat about music videos, hangovers, and perhaps most importantly, when we’ll finally get to hear their new album before the band’s current tour’s opening night in Brighton.
You seem to play the Concorde 2 a lot, what brings you back again?
James: Well, we love Brighton. Brighton have always been nice to us, and we got booked essentially. So, we’re glad to be back.
The last time you played here was 2010. Since then, quite a lot seems to have changed. From the outside, the change might seem sudden but for you, does it feel more gradual?
I think it’s very difficult to say. We just get on with it and all we can judge things by is people turning up to shows and how much of a good time they’re having. So, we’ll see tonight.
Would you say that you’ve noticed a change in the kind of crowds coming to your shows over the years?
Yeah, certainly. I think people have got older as we’ve got older. I think it was more of a sort of an alternative rock crowd towards the start. I think that’s just because they tend to get to into new bands quicker than [those in] other walks of life. I think it’s quite a nice mixed crowd at the moment where you’ve got people from all different kinds of sub-cultures getting into the music, and that’s good for us because it just means more people are having a good time.
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