Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Concert review: Dallas indie show Haim proved that family matters
The talented sisters are already onstage professionals.
DEEP ELLUM At the heart of the revolving door of vintage-inspired musicians is California trio Haim — a band of “three sisters and a mister” who have found a way to blend the magic of Fleetwood Mac with pop and R&B, turning them into fresh and invigorating tunes. They’re not leaning on synth-heavy production, either; the young sisters have stayed true to what they know, playing the guitar, bass and drums that they’ve been practicing on since childhood.
Their long-awaited debut record, Days Are Gone, hit stands on September 30, just a few days before their double Austin City Limits gigs and a week before their Dallas premiere at Trees. The honey-soaked, harmony-laden record peels away a layer with each track, revealing a brighter shade underneath. With a slew of heavy-hitters at the band's disposal, the sold-out debut in Deep Ellum could not have been more promising.
“Falling,” a funky, echoing single that begs for fresh air and warming sunshine, launched one of many carefree dance parties in the crowded space. All three sisters were sporting long Alanis Morissette-like locks, which they swayed proudly, accompanied by Este Haim’s grizzly “bass face.”
“Honey & I,” one of the more hushed numbers on the record, is a standout track as a recording or a live performance. The pillowed acoustic and sugary-sweet chorus is straight out of Fleetwood Mac’s catalog, with lead singer Danielle Haim's whispery chords taking a softer approach behind the legendary Stevie Nicks. Their exuberance was contagious — each sister couldn’t wipe the beaming smile off her face, repeatedly thanking the crowd for its support and joking with the front row.
What came as a surprise was just how much of a family effort their music really is. Whether pounding away on an adjacent drum or belting a solid chorus, the Haim sisters had unpredictable stage presence. After an idyllic, stomping encore of their first single, “Forever,” the ladies closed the night just as it began: With an energetic frenzy, this time ignited by a thunderous drum solo from every corner of the stage.
LA rockers IO Echo warmed the stage beforehand, confusingly switching between flighty and growling vocals alongside an all-too aggressive guitar. But we have to give it to front woman Ioanna Gika for her zealous energy: She didn’t stop twirling and raging until the last note.