The Los Angeles–based indie-pop group Haim got its start playing in family band Rockinhaim. While Haim’s show retains the same giddy excitement and inviting touch of a living-room performance, the vibrant lighting, smooth choreography, dynamic solos, and serious musical chops point to the professionalism and determination that has propelled this trio to pack the Santa Barbara Bowl last Saturday night.
At the show, part of their Sister Sister Sister tour promoting the 2017 album Something to Tell You, siblings Alana, Este, and Danielle Haim gave an energizing, powerful, and personal performance peppered with emotional and hilarious banter — mainly from Alana, who admitted she loves walking from side to side and talking to the crowd “like a comedian” — that made the audience feel as if they were welcomed into the family band.
Channeling Stevie Nicks, lead singer Danielle projects a composed confidence that anchors the group and appears almost understated until she explodes into a shredding guitar solo or pops back to bang on the drums, keeping rhythm and singing flawlessly, as if musical instruments were just extensions of her being.
The band didn’t waste any time lavishing fans with fun and loaded their set with favorites, including the instantly catchy “Little of Your Love” and irresistibly groovy “Want You Back,” featuring Este’s stellar bass work. The audience was enraptured by the band and clapped, sang (at times, screamed), and danced along, aiming to match the exuberance of the passionate trio.
Highlights included a stripped-down version of Shania Twain’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and the stirring “Found It in Silence,” in which the band enters a trancelike state, repeating the heartening chant, “There’s no turning back / I know what’s good for me.”
Judging from their contagious sense of elation, there’s no denying that music is good for these talented sisters, and it’s a fortunate audience that gets to bask in that joy.