Hailed as heroes by KEXP after “Wings” (2012) and by Elle magazine for Song of the Summer (2013), synth-drenched indie pop quartet Haerts was taken down a notch by the likes of Pitchfork (5.8 out of 10) for its eponymous major-label debut album, which came out in October.
Not totally unfair. The Brooklyn band’s German-born lead singer, Nini Fabi, made a great first impression with her girlish, deliciously injured wail and photogenic good looks — especially in those contrasty, black-and-white fashion photos — but once the band assembled a full brace of songs, everything ran together like water on the kitchen floor, with far too much reliance on the same chord progressions and atmospheric whooshes.
Worse bands have gotten a lot more famous.
Meanwhile, Haerts has a juicy double bill here with Mikky Ekko, who co-wrote the Rihanna hit “Stay.”
8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., Seattle; $15 (206-441-4618 or thecrocodile.com)