Review and Photos by Maren Farra
For more photos from the show visit marenfarra.com
06/03/14 O2 Academy Brixton, London
The 6th March marked Haim’s headline show at the iconic O2 Academy Brixton, which has hosted a wide range of acts since becoming a music venue in 1983. I’d been looking forward to this show since it was announced and it looks like I wasn’t the only one as when I arrived the queue was already stretching around the corner!
As the mixed crowd filled the venue, a DJ was playing old school tunes to get the crowd dancing. Cheers came from the audience as the likes of Backstreet Boys and Cyndi Lauper were played, and even louder cheers came when the first support act Jungle took to the stage. Touted by NME as being one of the most mysterious bands of 2013, they have over 60,000 views on Vimeo for their video for “Platoon“, despite people not knowing a lot about them. They did a good job at keeping the crowd entertained and dancing along before the DJ returned with some more pop hits.
Before long the venue was plunged in to darkness and the crowd erupted into screams. Haim’s drummer came on stage and started playing the intro to “Falling“, with the lights flashing on and off in the background. After about a minute Haim ran on stage and launched straight into the song to the cheers of everyone in the venue, not really needing to sing the lyrics as everyone in the crowd was singing it back to them. One thing about Haim is they certainly don’t lack enthusiasm and this was infectious for everyone in the crowd!
The next song “If I Could Change Your Mind” was just as popular with the crowd, and Haim recently released the video for it which you can watch here. Haim have a great rapport with the crowd and happily chatted with people in between songs, including a hilarious anecdote from Este about how a guy she knew texted her asking how she was to which she replied about how she needed a nap, proceeded to take her nap and then woke up to find her phone had autocorrected ‘a nap’ to ‘anal’. Awkward! Made especially awkward by the fact he didn’t reply again until after the release of their debut album “Days Are Gone“.
The three sisters are all talented multi-instrumentalists and aren’t afraid to show this off, with Danielle wowing the crowd with her guitar playing during their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well” at the start of the show, and then switching to playing the drums during their cover of Beyonce’s track “XO” for the encore.
The night concluded with all three sisters on the drums for “Let It Go“, sending the crowd crazy as they thrashed around with a kind of enthusiasm that leaves you feeling energised.
Haim put on a great live show and if you get the chance to see them I thoroughly recommend it!