Haiku Hands, Den-Mate
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
We are CHAI.
When you think of all things Pink, a sound that fuses the likings of Basement Jaxx, the Gorillaz, CSS, and Tom Tom Club, with lyrics focused on “women empowerment” and re-defining the definition of “kawaii” or cute in Japanese, you think of CHAI.
Formed in 2012, in the Nagoya region of Japan, identical twins Mana (voc/keys) and Kana (gt./cho.) would ask fellow high school classmate, Yuna (dr./cho.), and later Yuki (ba./cho.), a college acquaintance, to join what we now know as CHAI.
Both independent releases, “Hottaraka Series” which translates to “irresponsible”, was the title of CHAI’s 1st EP release in December of 2015, soon followed by “Homegoro Series”, their 2nd EP, released in April of 2016.
CHAI was quickly signed to SME (Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Inc.) in 2015, and later became the SXSW Asia audition winners for 2017, prompting their 1st SXSW performance followed by a series of performance dates in New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, a mini American tour titled “Japan Nite.”
After coming across CHAI’s irresistibly unique music video for “Boys・Seco・Men”, featured on their 2nd EP, “Homegoro Series”, US indie label, Burger Records reached out and CHAI was immediately included in their 2017, Burger World: Japan Compilation cassette, marking CHAI’s first official US release.
Haiku Hands, the elusive crew of artists who’s in influence can be felt across live performance, visual art and production have exploded onto the scene with their irresistibly danceable single “Not About You”.
The unapologetic Australian trio have quickly earnt a fierce reputation for themselves from their formidable and rambunctious live performances that lead audience after audience into utter pandemonium.
Working with some of Australia’s finest writers and producers, such as El Gusto (Hermitude), Joelistics, Jaytee Hazard and Lewis Can Cut, Haiku Hands curate, perform and collaborate to form genre bending songs with influences from hip hop, pop, electronic, dance and disco. A tongue in cheek, rave-inspired introduction to the some of the country’s coolest creatives, “Not About You” is four to the floor, pop till you drop.
Yesterday’s demons have a way of shaping today’s perspective. Confident and anew, Jules Hale directs Den-Mate—the multi-faceted dark pop project born in her bedroom in rural Virginia—toward greater creative heights, a feat that she attributes to the wisdom gained through harrowing experiences in her past. Loceke—their debut full length, out September 28th on Babe City Records—finds Hale assessing the darkness of her past with a fresh perspective, treating what was once wholly terrifying with a bit of tenderness. The result is a nuanced and grooving take on the story of death and rebirth, starting with the album’s throbbing opener “Charlotte” through the possessed “DC Junkie” and resigning with the ethereal sigh of “Still Life.”
Next to the icy lo-fi electronics of last year’s Entropii, Loceke sounds lush and full, bringing now-trademark Den-Mate layering techniques into technicolor. The record’s varied instrumentation—most of which was performed by Hale—and choice sample use keep the record exciting and alive, with Hale’s distinct vocal affectation and unmistakable production flourishes keeping the sound and feel consistent throughout. While not a concept record in a traditional sense, Loceke draws listeners through the song cycle of darkness and renewal. The emotional narrative of the record comes to a head on the title track, a slow-burning synth dirge that starts quiet and close, but crescendos into a hypnotic explosion of spinning sounds. At its climax, the orchestrated cacophony serves to cleanse, ultimately leaving the listener with a tremendous sense of relief and resolve.
Borrowing and expanding on concepts from like-minded songwriters and producers including Bjork, Kim Gordon and Mica Levi, Hale is poised to make a mark of her own through Den-Mate.
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