Haim review – megawatt brightness of pop’s wisecracking charmers | Haim
HI’m a little late on stage, but when older sister Danielle walks around in her usual uniform of bikini top and leather pants to start the Now I’m in It riff, nobody in Glasgow doesn’t seem irritated. After all, they’ve waited three pandemic reschedulings. She is visibly delighted to be back, and wants to reintroduce us into the family. “Glasgeeeee, let me hear you!” roared the elder Este as a finish before the younger Alana launched a three-way drum circle that shook the seats of the room.
Sadly, Haim isn’t flanked by the giant punching bags they had at Glastonbury (inspired by the charcuterie set of their Women in Music Pt III cover), but in 90 minutes they give their greatest hits shape. impressive. The austere staging gives them space to let off steam with stripped down rock’n’roll conviction. I Know Alone, complete with a choreographed dance break, is the same balm it was in lockdown, while My Song 5, with its pounding drums, still kicks hard: the punchline ‘not your honeypie echoes loudly from the predominantly female voice of the crowd.
Where most bands crack jokes on stage, Haim does stand-up. “We’re playing in the room of our dreams, so I stop to smell the roses,” Alana said, trying to sound serious. “I stop to feel my armpits,” quips Este. “Four songs and I’m Wall.” They switch to their Women in Music track 3am skit, which tonight involves Este taking a fake phone call from Sean, a ‘little king’ she met at Tesco. The joke lasts a little longer than it probably should, but as she dives into the crowds looking for someone to take her on a “nice date”, you can forgive her the indulgence.
With Haim, the jokes are half the appeal, toning down any shaky vocal moments. And even when these live ad-libs are at their shakiest, they make a great line in bittersweet bangers: Gasoline gets a warm vocal, while Alana’s Alanis Morissette-style vocals on I’ve Been Down represent the best performance of the night, turning into a “which side can sing louder” sister (“I’m the baby of the family, I need that!”).
As they bid farewell to the main set with Summer Girl – “I See It In Your Face, I’m Relieved” – the song’s lyrics and carefree melody exemplify the band’s evasive, sun-kissed appeal. Was Haim worth the wait? For those looking for a perfect polish, maybe not. But when you’re able to fill a room with so much natural charisma, who really cares?