It’s a no brainer. HAIM have whole-heartedly taken the title for our best/favourite/coolest band of the year. Not only have this sibling team been producing some of the most exciting tunes of the last twelve months but they’ve been doing it with heaps with charisma and a fistful of style. Needless to say, the quick-witted and sharp-tongued trio was top of our list when it came to the gigs at the iTunes Festival.
The show itself was warmed up courtesy of the lovely Gabrielle Aplin (in a swanky Topshop boutique combo) and newbie Dan Croll but as soon as the lights dimmed for the girls to appear the crowd was well and truly roaring. Rocking cowboy boots, skinny jeans and simple white t-shirts from yours truly, the girls oozed complete nonchalant cool. We’ve always loved their classic indie style but also their bare-skin beauty with only Este rocking a vivid red lip to enhance her truly magnetic bass face.
As soon as they strike the first chord the stand out tracks come thick and fast with their breakout tune Forever following on from new track The Wire and later the one that gets the audience truly wild, Don’t Save Me. What’s clear is the girls are undoubtedly talented. Alana switches from keyboard to drums whilst Danielle leads with her breathy smokey vocals and lead guitar and Este turns from bass to drums with fervour. At one point the three of them get individual mini drum kits and go hell for leather in what can only be described as a living room jam.
From the original chart toppers to their rock out sessions, the audience of dedicated HAIM fans were in awe through the entire show and so overwhelmed were the HAIM girls with the crowds response that Este dived straight into the crowd at the end for a quick surf!