“We’re pretty much family at this point,” Alana Haim of HAIM explained about near the end of their set at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Saturday (April 7) night. “Are you ready to have a house party?”
Over an hour into their set only a few dates into the Sister Sister Sister tour in support of their sophomore album, Something to Tell You, HAIM — consisting of sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este — really do have a knack for making everyone in their path feel like part of the family.
Before the start of the show, I was waiting for everything to start when the band’s father came to join the crew set up at the soundboard. He started making conversation with the other photographers and you could feel how proud he was of his three girls. “My youngest is on the left, Danielle in the middle, and Este at the end. Take some good photos of them,” he told us. It reminded me of the first time I truly met the sisters; Danielle immediately extended her arms out and we embraced in a hug that was meant for old friends, Este was extremely chatty as we jokingly poked fun at our mutual friends, and Alana and I exchanged compliments on our fashion choices — you know what you would do with any family friend who you just met 15 seconds ago.
That’s just how comfortable HAIM makes you when you’re in their presence. Whether you’re meeting them one-on-one or in a room with 4500 other “family friends,” it doesn’t matter. The moment lights dim and their distinct, catchy, and effortlessly arranged songs start to fill your ears — that’s it, you’re home.