On Tuesday, the band called Haim, a trio of 20-something sisters from Southern California, released its first full-length album, the super-hyped Days Are Gone.
By TIMOTHY FINN
The Kansas City Star
On Thursday, several hundred fans packed the Granada theater in Lawrence to see and hear what all that hype was about.
In return, they got a show that was as dynamic as it was brief.
Backed by a manic drummer named Dash Hutton, sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim delivered a set list that comprised eight songs, including the encore, and lasted about 42 minutes -- not much longer than a normal opening-band set. The show was appropriately priced, though: Tickets to the all-ages show were $17 for the general public, even less for KU students.
Haims music is a brash and invigorating blend of several disperate styles (pop, folk, rock, R&B) and decades, especially the mid- to late 1980s. On record, its forged and spit-shined into a sound that is glossy, taut and sweet, almost to an excess. Live, those songs sound less polished and more unleashed.
Thanks to time spent in other bands, including one called the Valli Girls that got some traction via Nickelodeon, the sisters command the stage with ease. Theyre funny, self-effacing and charming. Este Haim, 27, the eldest, isnt above dropping some profanities into her banter or flirting with some boys up front. And shes already famous for the comical faces she makes when playing her bass.
The setlist included seven of the albums 11 tracks plus a cover of Fleetwood Macs Oh, Well that was serviceable but couldnt touch Peter Greens version. Or Lindsey Buckinghams. Days Are Gone charted high its first week -- No. 6 in the U.S. and No. 1 in the U.K. -- and the crowd showed familiarity with several of its songs, especially Forever and Honey and I.
Througout the set, they issued the kind of harmonies only siblings can render. On a few songs, the arrangements (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums) were embellished with some extra drums.
Thats how the show ended: with the sisters pounding drums in their own small drum circle, pushing the show beyond the 40-minute mark. Heres to that fad taking a long hiatus and this band extending its shows with more of its own music or even another cover or two.
Sometimes less is not enough.