The sisters Haim may be the next heavyweights of California rock. The trio had just come off a three week vacation at home in the San Fernando Valley, and they spent the whole time jamming in the living room. “Now all we want to do is jam for you,” Este Haim told the crowd.
Last Night, Haim kicked off their U.S. tour at San Francisco’s Fillmore. They’re making waves: the girls are already booked for Outside Lands, and their premiere album, Days Are Gone, was given a Pitchfork Score of 8.3. It’s not surprising they easily sold out two nights at San Francisco’s most legendary venue.
Maybe it was a distinct eagerness to return to the stage, but the band was wired. Very much in familiar territory, the sisters settled in to their usual engaging, practiced showmanship. For lead singer and guitarist Danielle, the Fillmore was more familiar than I realized. Before launching into “Honey & I,” Alana (“Baby”) Haim told the audience, “Five years ago, Danielle played on this stage with Jenny Lewis.”
A couple roaring and searing tracks later, someone in the audience suggested that they should play “Mustang Sally.” Este looked at Danielle and Alana, very much considering the request, but shrugged it off—at least until the encore.
Following loud chanting, calling to the trio to return for a few more songs after their main set, Haim returned on stage with their parents. Mama and Papa Haim (or, Donna and Mordechai “Moti” Haim) took the stage, with their father at the drums and their mother on vocals with a tambourine in her hand.
Donna confessed, “I’m freaking out, but I’m trying to hold it together.” The entire family took to sing—what else?—”Mustang Sally.”
Mrs. Haim didn’t need to confess anything—she had pipes. The cover of the classic made famous by Wilson Pickett in the 60s, rumbled with all the grungy folk glory that Haim embodies, while still revering the music they were raised on.
They girls finished up with hits “The Wire” and “Let Me Go” to a packed house, winding into dizzy guitar solos and closing with an epic four-person percussion battle.
The Fillmore, as they are known to do for sold-out shows, handed out posters of the night‘s event. Check out the photos and setlist below. Tickets are sold-out for tonight’s show, but you can always check out StubHub for sellers, or just catch them at Outside Lands this summer.
Check out the photos here in our gallery.
If I Could Change Your Mind
Honey & I
Days Are Gone
My Song 5
Running If You Call My Name
Mustang Sally (featuring Mama & Papa Haim!)
Let Me Go