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October 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Neumos is one of the Emerald City’s bigger rooms. For many artists, headlining there might represent the peak of a career.
But Los Angeles’ Haim, which played to a sellout crowd Wednesday at the Capitol Hill club, is just getting started.
The band — multi-instrumentalist siblings Este, Danielle and Alana Haim, plus drummer Dash Hutton — has charmed mainstream audiences and KEXP types alike with its recent debut, “Days Are Gone.”
“Days” is a big-budget pop production, but anyone who pegs Haim as run-of-the-mill — or, worse, manufactured — isn’t listening hard enough. The album’s habit-forming hooks and top-shelf sonics have garnered most of the attention so far, but the group’s rock-oriented live performance really gets inside the songs, displaying remarkable musicality and presence. (more…)
October 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM
“I’m never too busy to talk,” says 27-year-old Este Haim, via telephone from New Orleans. “You know I love to gab.”
On this particular Monday, Este and her music-making sisters — Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21 — have lots to chat about. “Days Are Gone,” the debut LP from their group, Haim, just hit number one on the U.K. pop charts.
“Surreal,” she says. “It hasn’t quite computed yet. It’s a moment for us, for sure.”
Other bands might celebrate such a moment with some debaucherous rock-star antics — but not Haim. Instead, says Este, “we’re having a chill spa day. We haven’t had much downtime lately.”
That’s an understatement.
The Los Angeles natives, who’ll play to a sellout crowd at Neumos Wednesday, built anticipation for “Days” one infectious single at a time — first “Forever” (listen), then “Don’t Save Me” (listen), “Falling” (listen) and, most recently, “The Wire” (listen). Tours with Mumford & Sons and Rihanna elevated the public’s interest in the group to a fever pitch. Now, like those artists, they’re certified chart-toppers. (more…)
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