Image: Morgan Winston.
Dance-pop renegades Haiku Hands are back with new music, only months after the release of their critically acclaimed, debut self-titled album. Suck My Cherry was produced for the new Universal Pictures horror comedy Freaky, which is a new take on the body-swap motifs, with teenage girl who switches bodies with a relentless serial killer. The film stars Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton and is directed and co-written by Christopher Landon.
After watching a preview of the film, the trio wrote and produced the merciless dance-floor track, alongside Joel Ma and Hermitude. The song was written completely over Zoom calls, with the band sharing: “It was our first experience writing a track from start to finish over Zoom. With tropical-island filters behind us and from different states and studios, we started with a cheerleader rhythm and got loose on the lyrics. It was also a new experience to write from a brief, one we could get behind as they were saying ‘make it weirder’. We wrote it to one of Hermitude’s beats with Joel Ma on board the writing team. We’re stoked that it’s being used for the film!”
The release is accompanied by an official music video, directed by Jasmin Tarasin. The view includes splices of footage from the film, with the trio bringing their unique swagger and high-energy grooves to the clip. “Our inspiration for the clip came from scenes in classic horror films and Freaky to reflect the wildness of the song. We were happy Joelistics and Hermitude could make an appearance as cutout faces after collaborating with them on the song” says Haiku Hands of the video.
Freaky filmmaker Christopher Landon said of the collaboration: “When I was finishing my new movie Freaky, I knew I needed a song and vibe that reflected the movie’s message of female empowerment. I am a huge fan of Haiku Hands, so I reached out to them to see if they might be down to write the closing-credit song for the movie. They have a sound that feels both retro and modern — and this is nothing short of a banger. Lyrically, it’s playful and powerful. I couldn’t have imagined a better way to end this movie, and this song is [chef’s kiss] perfect.”
Suck My Cherry is out now! Watch the music video below. Freaky is in theatres now.