Hadouken! are an English grindie, new rave, dance-punk band who formed in London in October 2006 by singer, writer and producer James Smith, alongside his girlfriend, synth player Alice Spooner, guitarist Daniel "Pilau" Rice, guitarist Christopher "Chris" Purcell and drummer Nick Rice. The band name is taken from the name of a special attack in the Street Fighter video game series. It was in Leeds that Hadouken! began their own record label, Surface Noise Records. After forming the label, Smith began writing and demoing the first Hadouken! tracks. In February 2007, Hadouken! self-released a two song limited edition vinyl, a double-a side of "That Boy That Girl" and "Tuning In". The former gained popularity after the video made it to number one in MTV Two's NME Chart. Hadouken! played their first gig at the Dirty Hearts Club in Southend on September 16, 2006.
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