“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”
“Soundtracked by a mix of brash house, high energy hip hop and a mutation of riot grrrl previously unheard this side of the Atlantic, Bea Lewis, Claire Nakazawa and her sister Mie, aka Haiku Hands, have proven themselves one of the biggest musical revelations of 2018.”
“When Haiku Hands become one of the most hyped live acts on the planet, it should come as a shock to nobody”
“The Australian trio…bring a truly eclectic melting pot of styles to the table, all ending up in a brilliantly fun, intoxicating end product…they proceed to give the trio the best reaction that Horatio’s sees all weekend.”
Dance-pop renegades Haiku Hands have announced the highly anticipated release of their debut self-titled album out September 10 via Spinning Top Records (AU/NZ) and Mad Decent. To celebrate, they have shared their new single and dance-floor anthem Fashion Model Art (feat. SOFI TUKKER).
Haiku Hands revel in satire and sass in their latest serotonin boost. “The chorus of Fashion Model Art was created on the train coming home from the Sydney Biennale. It was the moment we swapped from being composed, observant art critiques to our boisterous playful selves. We ended up having half the carriage chanting fashion fashion, model model, art art art art on the train,” says Haiku Hands of the track.
“This song celebrates the fashion model art character within ourselves. We revel in the hilarious, tense, fun, ridiculous and utmost seriousness of these moments. Sofi Tukker jumped on this song after we toured with them for a month in the US. We ask ourselves, what should we do with our hands?” they add.
“We met Haiku Hands on tour in Australia.” says SOFI TUKKER, “After seeing them literally once live, we immediately asked them to go on tour with us. We’ve been good friends ever since. It was so fun working on this track with them. We love how they build in humor and choreography into their music.”
Rebellious, experimental and wildly unconventional, Haiku Hands was primarily recorded in Melbourne with Joel Ma (Joelistics) and features emblematic collaborations with SOFI TUKKER, Mad Zach, Machine Drum, Mirac, Elgusto of Hermitude and Lewis Cancut. Featuring lead singles Not About You, Manbitch and Onset, the 12-track LP probes themes including technology, relationships, the absurd and social commentary. “The record explores an attitude of empowerment, humor and positivity whilst also delving into darker themes and expressions. We aimed to be original in our creative choices, we were influenced by multiple genres and artists but were aiming to create something that sounded new and different,” muses Haiku Hands of the album.
2019 saw Haiku Hands make their way to the US for the first time, winning over audiences nationwide with a series of shows at SXSW, tour support for feminist Japanese punk quartet CHAI across both coasts, opening for Aussie psych kingpins Tame Impala, Chicago rapper CupcaKke, footwork producer DJ Taye, a tour with dance duo SOFI TUKKER and finished the year with a national tour with Hermitude.
Based across Melbourne and Sydney, the core of Haiku Hands is Beatrice Lewis, Claire Nakazawa and Mie Nakazawa. Together, they curate, perform and work as a collective of artists, engaging and exploring social norms with their lyrical and visual content. Their influences range from hip-hop to pop, electronic to dance, and everything beyond.
Haiku Hands have brought their singular, unruly, and outright fun sound across multiple continents over the past two years. On the heel of their breakthrough performances at the UK’s Great Escape, Haiku Hands has been touted by NME as “Australia’s most electrifying pop prospect” and “a thrilling pop hybrid” who combine the pure pop attitude of Charli XCX with the energy and swagger of The Beastie Boys.
HAIKU HANDS TOUR DATES
23 + 24 January 2021 | Yours and Owls Festival, Wollongong NSW
NEW SINGLE FASHION MODEL ART (FEAT. SOFI TUKKER) OUT JULY 30
DEBUT ALBUM ‘HAIKU HANDS’ OUT SEPT 11
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