After Haim played a few songs (including "Falling") to warm up the room during Saturday’s sold-out show at Riviera, bassist and eldest Haim sister Este invited the audience to the family house in Valley Village, Calif.
"Let's have a conversation; we'll pretend like we're at brunch," she told the screaming crowd. "I'll order a Bloody Mary. You can get, like, a whole pitcher of mimosas."
And what do the Haim sisters do when they have guests? Why, jam out, of course. The trio launched into an epic symphony of electric guitar while the stage became a blur of lights, smoke and long, silhouetted hair. The three sisters are almost aesthetically identical onstage, a deliberate move that comes off more unifying than cloying: Three have become one.
Some concertgoers may have been surprised by the explosive performance—on the group’s debut album, “Days Are Gone,” Alana, Danielle and Este jam only to a certain extent. The power of Saturday’s show, however, practically guaranteed everyone left the Riviera an even bigger fan of the band than when they entered.
Of course, the suddenly huge band has just one album from which to draw live material--save for a wildly popular cover of Beyonce's "XO" that would have been a showstopper, had it not been immediately followed by the trio's best-known single, "The Wire"--but in their case, that's a great thing. The tight, hour-long set left time for Alana to gush about throwing out the first pitch at Friday's Cubs game; for Este to gleefully detail an April Fool’s prank involving Coachella tickets, Alana's phone number and Chewbacca; and for the sisters to close out the night as a sizzling drum trio, leaving zero doubt that they're talented as hell.
Keep watching, and keep listening: The best may be yet to come for Haim, but the present is pretty spectacular.
Damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana
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