London based five piece, Hoodlums have released their debut E.P.,Virtue, today and are on the verge of completing a national tour, concluding with their biggest headline show to date at the famous London venue, The 100 Club for an EP launch party.
The EP demonstrates the band's mutual love of groups like The Cure, Prince and Suede, showcasing a strong mix of art rock aesthetics, and the big, emotive riffs of classic rock acts. Perfect for fans of The Maccabees and Arcade Fire.
'Summertime Euthanasia' is a driving slice of pop rock, which features Lou channelling both the wistful melancholia of Robert Smith and the attitude of Prince. 'The Great Outsiders' mixes in the post-rock flavours of bands like Talk Talk and Cocteau Twins to create an evocative ballad that avoids the usual clichés. Finally, lead track 'Anything Goes' perfectly highlights the bands strengths. Powerful, melodic and with a soaring chorus, it's a song set to light up stadiums as well as indie dance floors.
The band initially started out as a vehicle for the song writing talents of, frontman, Lou Vainglorious. As each new member gravitated towards the band they each brought their own, distinctive musical identity to create the Hoodlums sound.
From their early beginnings playing gigs to 50 people in the back rooms of pubs, to prestigious support slots at the Brixton academy, the band's live sounds has always drawn acclaim. These guys are a band that you need to see in the flesh.