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Take the spunkiness of Scissor Sisters, the attitude of Azealia Banks, the kookiness of Björk and the colours and vibrancy of a Warhol pop-art print – combine all of that together and you get Haiku Hands, the trio that is everything the Ting Tings could and should have been, but better.
The electro-rave-pop trio is comprised of sisters Claire and Mie who reside in Sydney and Beatrice who lives in Melbourne, the group came together after Claire and Beatrice met at festivals in Australia, quickly becoming friends and working on projects together.
‘Haiku’, they say, represents their “lyrical interests, distilled ideas and imagery” and ‘hands’, the collaborative nature of our projects”. Indeed, their lyrics are a concoction of indiscriminate ideas and imagery. How often is it that you hear a group of girls chanting: ‘I’m going to tear up the lexicon with a hexagon and my sexy thong on, no matter where your head is gone or where you’re from Imma take you on’ and ‘chiiiiiilllllllllll’ at the end of the chorus?
The group deliver light-hearted, addictive, spunky and varied beats with their collaborations with artists of different trades, including producers Joelistics, Elgusto and hip-hop group, True Vibenation, “Not About You” being the electro-rave anthem and “Squat” the afrobeats, hip-hop dance track that as written, will make you want to squat. Their beats alone are enough to get a crowd going, but the girls take commandeering the stage to a whole new level. They don’t need cone- pointed-fire-sparkling bustiers and giant candy floss structures to give their audience a proper show. Their beats and electric energy as they deliver their K-Pop-like choreography is infectious.
Soon to be supporting Bloc Party in Australia, we eagerly await the group’s debut album and we’re certain that Haiku Hands is a name we will see at every festival lineup.
Why make the music that you do and how do you translate that onto the stage?
Claire: We love dancing and the music we make is fun to write and to perform – it’s also a great vehicle for exploring and expressing ideas and perspectives.
Mie: We want our listeners to feel happy, empowered, stimulated, amused but also challenged.
Beatrice: Our music explodes on stage! One of the best parts of Haiku Hands is that translations of our music into a live format. We have heaps of fun re-working the tracks and the vocals and we focus a lot on choreography and costumes to make it fun.
Who do you think your audience is?
Mie: We’re keen to reach as many people as possible.
Claire: We love seeing diverse audiences enjoying the show together, it’s so nice!
Beatrice : I’d hope our audience is also as varied as our musical taste. We’re lucky that we get to do shows in art galleries, festivals – we did a really fun show with Multicultural Arts Victoria and we’ve played in an underground club in Hamburg and a hectic warehouse party in Sydney.
Can you explain what each single is about?
Haiku Hands: Each song explores different ideas or themes, but in some way they all reflect or comment on social norms. Our first single, “Not About You” was written and recorded in two days. We brainstormed what we’d want to say to a festival crowd and went from there. Thanks to Elgusto’s beat it’s an immediate banger, we love it!
“Squat” was written in collaboration with our friends True Vibenation. I saw Vuli perform the original version of it live and asked him to let us include it in one of our sets. We added some verses and recorded it all together in Sydney. It’s so awesome when we get to perform it live together with both bands, horns and all !
“Jupiter” is the first song we wrote together in Beatrice’s garage studio in Melbourne with Joelistics. It was so much fun exploring and playing around, the result being, a happy, uplifting song.