Hadoken : interview

Until now, we talked with established bands within the post-rock genre.Hadoken breaks that trend : they just released their second album "Luminary" and are still looking for their place.

What do you think of the current state of the instrumental/post-rock scene?

Eric : Well there's definitely a lack of a scene. Instrumental/post-rock music is very niche but with niches comes loyal fans who are truly about the creation of music rather than the factors that surround it. That's the best part, and is what makes Hadoken keep playing. I think it's hard for people to either have the patience or affinity towards instrumental or post-rock music because without a singer many people think that music isn't anything without one. So crossing that barrier and showing people that the music itself can have its own voice is really important. Some people will open up and some people will just ignore or block it out. Either way as long as somebody walks away with a new outlook on life and music, we as a band are happy and feel accomplished. I used to remember going to the town VFW to see pop punk shows back when I was in high school and those were some of the best times of my life. The music felt like it had such a strong community and people supported it. Ever since then, music scenes have seemed to be less frequent and rampant. Maybe I'm growing up, but it's hard for instrumental and post-rock to have a definite scene because it's almost entirely more diverse, making it more broader and vague than say a hardcore scene or indie rock scene.

Do you think that the Internet created virtual communities that "destroyed" the real ones,or do you believe that online forums are helping more than harming?

Eric : I think most online forums and communities are fantastic tools and I wouldn't know half the music I know now without the help of online forums and music websites throughout the internet. In a sense, these communities bring people together from places far away from their own home in topics and interests they share in common, so in that sense it is extremely useful and fun. I have actually met up with a few people on a couple of small forums I frequent to go to a show or two, so that's really cool. I feel like if anything is stopping a scene from maintaining is the idea that people will be people, which is unpredictable. We live in a society where there is so much to do sometimes that it is overwhelming and people like to stay in an do nothing a lot of the time.

What are the main ideas behind Hadoken's "Luminary"?

Eric :The album itself was mainly our true first effort as a band because before the current lineup of the band, there were other members and songs already written. Our previous album "The Ancient Machine" had a couple songs that were written by Will Theis, one of the original members and the rest were created after. We were new as a band with the current lineup so our styles and songwriting wasn't the most concrete. Luminary we feel is though and is a great example of who we are as a band now and what we were before. Every member in the band brings something new to the table and we kind of bring ideas from there in forming unique songs. If you want to know some more, Will Theis (one of the guitarists) did a short film project at school about the band that is on youtube.

You can watch it here (it's in three parts):

What are the band's plans for the near future?

Eric : Well we have a nice little East coast tour set up in July so that should be awesome. Other than that we have just started writing new material and we can't wait to release another album. It's all so early to say anything but we feel as though we keep getting more creative with our song writing. For us, as long as we're playing shows and making music we're happy.

What inspires you to write a song?

Eric : Well it's whatever we're feeling at one particular moment or time. Like I said earlier, usually one of us will come in with a theme or idea in which we all then try to build upon. From there as the song is being constructed, we also think about a central theme. But essentially the songs we write are somewhat random and a culmination of what we are thinking of the time.

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