Review: Haim brings Californian cool to UEA in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 23:43 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 23:55 14 March 2014

Haim at the UEA. Picture: Denise Bradley

Haim at the UEA. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Sandwiched between the end of their European tour and the start of the American leg was Norwich’s chance to catch a glimpse of the girl group Haim.

Haim at the UEA. Picture: Denise Bradley Haim at the UEA. Picture: Denise Bradley

With Danielle on lead guitar, Alana on rhythm guitar and Este Haim on bass – who celebrated her birthday on stage with cake and champagne – the all-family affair is an effortless cocktail of slick and cool.

The sassy sisters from California have already created waves with their first album, Days Are Gone, playing catchy pop tracks with a rock band edge.

Scheduled for the UEA’s LCR in December last year, the sell-out gig had to be postponed because one of the sisters had a chest infection.

But tonight (Friday) the long-awaited gig did not disappoint. With their seamless playing and heartfelt singing, Haim’s music proved to be as powerful and compelling as it was billed to be.

Known for their energetic, high-octane live shows, supported by Nottingham-born Saint Raymond, the trio delivered a set which shook the Norwich venue with a folk-rock-pop vibe.

Aged between 22 and 28, the siblings are influenced by a surprisingly eclectic range of music.

From TLC and Britney Spears, to Destiny’s Child and The Strokes – their music is full of 1970s rock, 1980s pop and 1990s R’n’B. Starting out in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles in a band with their parents, the sisters soon left their mum and dad behind for the bright lights of the pop-scene.

After being named the BBC’s Sound of 2013, the hardest-working family in pop were tipped for success.

So when they bounded into our consciousness last year, their Californian cool and catchy guitar-led pop tunes were hard to ignore.

They spent the last half of 2012 touring with Mumford & Sons in the USA, as well as joining Florence & the Machine on the road. Frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac, the sisters proved last night that they are worth so much more than a comparison.

Their best known tracks Don’t Save Me, If I Could Change Your Mind, The Wire and Falling have a habit of getting into your head and not leaving again.

And with the arrival of warmer days and lighter evenings, a Haim track playing in the background feels like the perfect accompaniment.

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