Saturday, January 30th, 2010
CONTEST – Hadouken! @ The El Mocambo – February 9, 2010
MySpaceI never played Street Fighter 2. I was all about Mortal Kombat 2, on account of it coming out for the PC when I was in first-year university and it’s effectiveness as a time-waster. I would generally play Raiden, partly as a tribute to the thespian skills of Christopher Lambert, and partly because his torpedo move was by far the easiest to remember. Back-back-forward. I could also teleport fairly consistently but only shoot lightning by accident and never actually knew any of the finishing moves so more often than not, my opponent would just fall down on his own.
The kids of British electro-rap-rock outfit Hadouken! were clearly Street Fighter disciples, having named their band after one of Ryu’s special moves, and it’s probably for the best since naming yourself after Raiden’s nonsensical battle cry would probably limit career prospects. A career which, given the interest surrounding the upcoming release of their frantic, dancey and party-friendly second album For The Masses next Tuesday, February 2, is coming along quite nicely.
They’re playing the El Mocambo on February 9, one of just three North American dates along with New York and Los Angeles to promote the new record before they return in April for Coachella and, presumably, more dates. Tickets are $12 in advance but courtesy of Live Nation, I have three pairs of passes to give away for the show. To enter, email me at contests AT chromewaves.net with “I want to HADOUKEN!” in the subject line and your full name in the body. Get that in to me before midnight, February 3.