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Introducing: Haiku Hands

Meet the genre-bending dance band from Down Under.

Trust us. You are going to want to turn your speakers up for this one.

Let us introduce you to Haiku Hands, the unabashed art collective making fiery jams that defy labelling. 


Sydney based sisters Claire and Mie Nakazawa, alongside Melbourne residing Beatrice Lewis comprise Haiku Hands. 

The sound 

If you were to pick out one tune to demonstrate what the group are about, latest single Dare You Not To Dance would be a great place to start, with the track showcasing how Haiku Hands manage to fuse so many elements into a song, without it sounding jarring. 

The track combines punk, funk, disco, pop, jungle, EDM and everything in between to create a cacophony of euphoric sounds. We guarantee that after just one listen, you’ll have the track’s hook firmly rooted into your brain for the rest of the day, nay, week. 

Whilst some artists from down under choose to make their accents sound more ubiquitous in their music, the voices coming through the speakers in Haiku Hands’ tracks are unmistakably Australian.  

The video for the Dare You Not To Dance also demonstrates the group’s eye for visuals, a four-minute piece of choreographed brilliance that demands your full attention. 

The story 

Haiku Hands are deliberately mysterious, choosing to let their music do the talking. 

The band exploded onto the scene with the viral hit single Not About You in 2017, after world-famous choreographer Brian Friedman used the track in one of his epic YouTube videos, garnering over 1.2 million views. The track was also used in an episode of the hit US crime-comedy Good Girls, racing up the Shazam charts in the process. 

In late 2018, the band’s career was given a further lift, when indie royalty Bloc Party asked them to open on the Australian leg of their Silent Alarm tour.

Working with producers such as El Gusto, Joelistics, Jaytee Hazard and Lewis Can Cut, the trio have been releasing a steady flow tracks over the past two years, earning praise from the likes of NME and DIY, with radio supporting coming from BBC Radio 1 and Radio X. 

After a riotous slot at The Great Escape Festival in May, Haiku Hands will come back to the UK this summer, to continue their world domination with a run of headline dates. 

Essential tracks 

Not About You 


Where can I see them live? 

Catch Haiku Hands at the following dates: 

27 July 2019 – The Crofters Rights, Bristol
31 July 2019 – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow 
2 August 2019 – The 100 Club, London 
9 August 2019 – Hope and Ruin – Brighton, UK

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