In desperate times of dancing, you can always expect HAIKU HANDS to come on for a good jam. Last Friday, the all-women group lit up Fat Controller for one of the best boogies yet. With only four releases under their belts, I was a little anxious to see what they would play. But there was no anxiety needed as they went through their hits such as ‘Squat’, ‘Jupiter’, and the very first: ‘It’s Not About You’.
But before all that, there were the openers.
DJ FlexMami (Lillian Ahenkan) was effortlessly cool and spinning tracks that got you warmed up and ready to go. The multitalented, self-identifying ‘spooky binch’, is a presence you need in your life all the time. (Seriously, go follow her on Instagram and spot her face the next time you’re at the train station and MTV is on)
Following her were Adelaide Hills duo Homeward Bound. Facing tech difficulties and an unforgiving small crowd, the couple songs that they got through were okay. Luckily, FlexMami was there to help them through it. She didn’t leave the stage after that and become the unofficial fifth member of HAIKU HANDS -- who absolutely killed it.
They started off by running onto the stage, singing about working off the sweat in deep blue coveralls and fluro headpieces. It just got better and better, with every song, known and unknown, daring you not to dance. Spoilers: You’ll lose that dare every time.
Seeing HAIKU HANDS live is like the coolest arts and craft project you’ve ever seen but with nightclub lighting and intoxication. Actually, make that arts and craft project a sleepover with your best mates. You’re working out group choreography and raiding your mum’s arts box for the hot glue gun. Now put that in a nightclub and you’ve got HAIKU HANDS.
There were paddlepop headpieces, seamless choreography, and some of the best crowd interaction I’ve ever seen. There’s no doubt that whatever music gets released by them next will join the ranks of ultimate bops of sweat and feminism.