By Faye Ducker
December 13, 2013
If we had to choose one band this year that stopped everything and claimed 2013 for their own, it would have to be Haim. The three sisters have utterly drop kicked the music scene in the face with their sheer talent, charisma and completely astounding uniqueness. Their album Days Are Gone shot straight to the top of the charts and their tour sold out in under ten minutes. We just love us some of that girl power.
Tonight’s show at Leeds Metropolitan University holds an air of pretentiousness that we just can’t shake as we amble through the crowd, sticking out and sore thumb springs to mind. Although feeling a little awkward, we can’t help but get just a little giddy as Haim walk out onto stage. Opening with first single ‘Falling’, the three sisters glide effortlessly through the track, immediately whipping us all into a crazy fan girl frenzy. We just can’t help it.
As the set progresses, we hear less and less from vocalist Danielle as her two sisters take over most of the vocals (we later learn that she had come down with a chest infection), but never fear, she still absolutely floors the entire room with her ridiculously amazing guitar abilities, though each member individually has us in awe at some point during the evening. Bassist Este slaps the bass like we’ve never seen before during ‘70s inspired rock classic ‘The Wire’, whereas youngest sister Alana flits around the stage playing everything she can get her hands on. Guitar? Check. Percussion? You got it. Keyboard? Of course.
With only one album under their belts, Haim play for little under an hour, managing to sneak in the biggest tracks from Days Are Gone, such as ‘Forever’, ‘Honey & I’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’. Their famous Fleetwood Mac cover of ‘Oh Well’ also makes an appearance, and we only have one word to say about it. Shred. Shred shred shred. Ending on earliest track ‘Let Me Go’ we can’t help but become overwhelmed as the trio pick up drum sticks and start beating a drum each in a carnival style chant. What a way to end a Friday night.
Haim aren’t just some nice to look at girl group. They are the definition of talent and are a beacon of hope for women in the music industry everywhere. We don’t care if music is your worst enemy, (though you’re probably on the wrong website if it is!) if you do just one thing in your life, make sure it is experiencing Haim live; we promise you’ll be their number one fan afterwards. Just try and stop yourself.