Written By | Hannah Robinson
If you weren’t at Howler in Melbourne Australia on Saturday night, you missed quite a night. The Australian four-piece group Haiku Hands attracted a sell out crowd with their hip hop, pop, electronic, dance, disco fusion sound. Their unparalleled energy and active stage presence entertained everyone in the room and left us wanting more. With DJ Flex Mami and Tasman Keith opening the night, we knew we were in for a treat.
The talented Flex Mami, not to be misnamed, as heard on the night, as Flexi Mama, Flex Miami, or any other variation that is not Flex Mami, warmed up the crowd that was slowly filtering into the venue. Spinning tracks including Beyonce, Azealia Banks and a killer mashup of Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” vocals over Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”, it wasn’t long until the floor was starting to fill with dancing bodies. Although I recommend you check out Flex Mami’s DJ skills, the beautiful, multi-talented Lillian Ahenkan has a lot more to offer than just her role in the music industry so definitely look into this slashie’s multifaceted empire.
Next to take the stage was young, New South Wales born, Gumbaynggirr man, Tasman Keith. After the release of his EP Mission Famous in 2018, fans now get to witness live the honest, story telling tracks such as “Divided” and “My Pelopolees”. It was very evident how family and home town-oriented Keith is as he continuously dedicated his performance to family members and “local musicians that didn’t have the opportunity to make it”. Tasman Keith brought great spirit and energy to the stage and kept the party going for the full venue.
After another quick set from Flex Mami, the time finally came for Haiku Hands to come bounding on stage. No second went by when Claire and Mie Nakazawa, Beatrice Lewis and Mataya Young didn’t give their all to the show. Beginning their set with upbeat, funky, confident track “Jupiter”, their performance was in full swing from the start and the crowd were loving it. From marching around stage to some magnificent dance moves, to properly getting low for dance track “Squat”, these ladies sure got a full on, impressive workout throughout their performance.
Beatrice Lewis told the crowd of how she is a local girl and shouted out to her many friends and family members in the room, this no doubt motivating the group even further to make this a special night. Carrying on through crowd favourites including “Dare You Not To Dance” and “Not About You” the audience danced up a storm, loving everything happening on stage, and loved getting involved even more when Haiku Hands climbed down into the crowd to sing and dance alongside their loved ones and fans. With colourful flashing lights, streamers, a megaphone, smoke canons and various elaborate masks, the show was a creative, sensory-driven experience to remember.
Haiku Hands will now go on to play a couple more shows in Australia and one in Auckland, New Zealand, before heading over to America to share this ultimate party experience with many more fans abroad.