Haim have attracted a lot of good press this year and deservedly so. I like the tight vocals, the variety of instrumental density and neat little studio tricks (like the closing door on Better Off) that their recorded tracks demonstrate. But I really, REALLY loved seeing them live.
These sisters know how to woo and wow a crowd. Their sold-out performance at Tutu’s, KCLSU was sparkling and energetic and I am grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to see them before they become massive.
Tutu’s was small enough for Este’s banter to feel personal and engaging, and her face had so many expressions that it could probably have sustained the show by itself.
Danielle gave a forceful performance on lead guitar.
Lyrics like “I can’t help about the shape I’m in / I can’t sing, I ain’t pretty” in their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Oh Well, seem incongruous coming from Alana in her “booty shorts” (as her elder sister called them), but I guess someone had to sing them.
Tribal drumming interspersed several of the songs in the set, driving the crowd wild, and these girls really do have rock hair.
It was a fantastic night, and I hope to be able to see them back headlining in London, soon. When’s the album going to be out?
I’m pretty sure I’ve not got this setlist in the right order, so please edit it if you have a better memory than me.
Full set of my photos (crappy phone pics, I’m afraid) at http://j.mp/WdVKbw