Wednesday night isn’t usually a rave night at The Powerstation but this week it was. The audience was dressed ready for a party and with the line-up they knew one was going to be put on. Australian acts Haiku Hands and Hermitude both put on a show worth the midweek late night.
Kicking off the night was the Aussie trio Haiku Hands. The whole set was a massive buzz out and a feel-good occasion. From their multiple accessory changes to their high kicks and audience interaction, it felt like they had already outshone over the night to come. In the beginning, it felt like a clubbing Zumba set with their matching dance moves but their lyrics and movements were much more than that. It was about having fun, doing what makes you feel empowered and the people around you happy. It was apparent that they didn’t care what the audience thought and the positive careless energy made the crowd grow fonder of them as they got deeper into their set. The female three-piece were complete girl power and stood for more than words could probably say.
Haiku Hands broke so many stereotypes of what to expect in a all-girl group. It only took me a song or two till I too was dancing carelessly and that was a true sign of success when a Wednesday night gets you up and dancing. Standouts of the set include all three members throwing streamers into the crowd and the low bass robotic voice that they spoke slowly through the beginners and ends of most the songs. It built to the existing party vibe.
Side by side in juxtaposed white and black colours the boys of Hermitude came onstage to the eager appraisal of the crowd. The mood was set by the vibrancy of electronic beats harmonised together to create vibrations of sound to your soul. Patterned and carefully crafted watching the production of it unfold was epic. Through keyboards and fast movement to get the sounds out to exactly the right rhythm; it was impressive. It wasn’t long until the musical waves they were creating made an impact on the crowd as looking around everyone was bouncing and jumping happily along to the vibrations of the room.
Hermitude knew how to hold a crowd as they requested them to clap along to the backing of the track to keep the tempo of the song going as they layered on top of it multiple blends of electronic sound. Standouts were the commentary made by the group about ‘turning it up on a Wednesday night’ alongside the pop-out graphics behind the act.
All in all, despite not being my normal scene it was a nice awakening to a genre that is full of positivity and excitement around movement and just forgetting stresses and dancing instead.