The Damn Sons
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, HAIM consists of, “Three sisters, and a mister” that has been shaking things up in the city of Los Angeles for the past four years. It is truly a family affair for the band which prides themselves on being able to switch from instrument to instrument with complete confidence and ease, and all while singing in three part harmony.
The sisters, Este, Danielle, and Alana, grew up playing classic rock songs with their parents in a family band, called “Rockinhaim,” which played for charity events and street fairs. After years of playing with their parents, the girls decided to strike out on their own, and began writing their own material. Este, the eldest of the three, plays bass guitar and found time in between touring to graduate from UCLA with a degree in Music. Danielle, the 22 year old lead guitar player, who previously toured with Jenny Lewis, Cee-lo Green, and Julian Casablancas. Alana, the youngest in the band, plays rhythm guitar, keyboard, and percussion. Rounding out the group is Dash Hutton, who previously played drums for LA bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chickens. Over the past few years, the band has opened up for Julian Casablancas, Cold War Kids, Ke$ha, Group Love, No Age, The Bird and the Bee, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Chief and The Henry Clay People. In February 2012, HAIM released a three song EP titled Forever, which is also the title track on the record. It can be downloaded for free at Haimtheband.com.
For me, this happy surprise came Friday night at The Bowery Electric during Cantora Records' CMJ showcase.
HAIM hails from LA. They're a band fronted by three sisters with two chaps in the back on drums and keys. They've got a deadly and powerful cocktail of impactful, raspy and emotion-laced vocals; song structures that avoid staid, expected progressions; catchy lyrics (in the good way); the stage banter of someone comfortable in their skin and sense of humor; and mega-solos. Artist comparisons flooded my head as I watched; Fleetwood Mac, The XX, John Mayer, Tracy Chapman, Nirvana; and yet they're incomparable.
The Damn Sons
"The Damn Sons bring it hard and heavy with a respect for history and a demand for immediacy. It’s like someone put Reverend Horton Heat, AC/DC, Nirvana and T-Rex in a blender and ran it till the lid blew off. This stuff rocks with a crunchy brutality and twisted melodicism…"
- LAbuzzBLOG: Best of Indie L.A.
"…this unique and dark blues rock sound, reminding me a bit of Alberta Cross… these guys
spit out some gritty tunes full of dirty swagger fit to play the scene of an edgy shoot-out in a modern day Western…"
- Grimy Goods: Hot Band Alert
"This band is doing a lot of things with three people. They’re comparable to The Cramps, Chris Isaak. and Queens of the Stone Age, and I definitely heard the earnest vox and lonely forces of R.E.M.’s “Chronic Town"…"
"…like the ghosts of Wild West's haunted past coming back to choke you, a good thing yo…"
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