With Flex Mami on the decks spinning out tracks like ‘Luxury’ from Azalea Banks, ‘Day & Night’ from Kid Cudi and ‘Chameleon’ from PNAU, she instantly turned The Foundry from a usually low key music venue into a full blown nightclub. With the venue packed with excited fans, the lights dimmed with a voiceover making the much waited announcement. “Welcome everyone and welcome to the best night of your lives. Here is Haiku Hands!”. Making their way onto the stage, they immediately delivered the highly choreographed party tracks ‘Sweat’, ‘Squat’ and ‘Man Bitch’ which had the crowd singing along ecstatically. “Brisbane!” they screamed “We released this song today, so I guess your lucky” they cheekily added as they introduced their energetic new single ‘Dare You Not To Dance’.
Being the first night of the tour I expected a few minor hiccups but the 40 minute set flowed seamlessly. ‘Bang My Drums’, ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Me And My Friends’ continued the euphoric singalong vibes with easy to learn hooks that the sold out crowd screamed along. Because they have only officially released four tracks, the majority of this set was unreleased material but they owned it and had the crowd hooked from start to finish. ‘Rodeo’, ‘Watching You’ and ‘Right, Left’ continued the party vibes with streamers even thrown into the crowd for extra party effect. Their onstage banter and charisma was un-clockable. They were also so humbled by the raucous party vibes the crowd were turning up that they kept hugging each other and beaming from smiling. Throwing some ultra-fashionable glasses on for ‘Not About You’ they delivered the biggest singalong moment of the night. “This is our last tune, love you” they screamed whilst closing the show with ‘Fuck This Shit’.
The energetic four piece have played almost every Australian festival you can think of and have extensively toured overseas which has made them a force to be reckoned with. Their live show is tight, memorable and ridiculously fun. Even with mostly unreleased material dominating their set, they had the crowd hooked and screaming along to the party ready hooks.
HAIKU HANDS 2019 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Fri Feb 1 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney *SOLD OUT*
Sat Feb 2 – The Cambridge, Newcastle
Tue Feb 5 – University Of Canberra, Canberra *SOLD OUT*
Fri Feb 8 – Party In The Paddock, Launceston
Sat Feb 16 – Howler, Melbourne *SOLD OUT*
Sat Feb 23 – Spore Festival, Auckland
Fri Mar 1 – Fat Controller, Adelaide
Sat Mar 2 – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth