The band also played two new covers of Paula Cole hits.
Southern California rock band Haim has started a tradition of previewing new material at the Teragram Ballroom in Downtown Los Angeles.
“The last time we played a brand-new song was in this place,” lead singer and guitarist Danielle Haim told a packed show that sold out tickets in the first minute 24 hours prior.
The admission came after the trio of sister’s brought out two musicians on a standup bass and saxophone to play new track “Summer Girl” for the first time live.
“This one is for Lou Reed,” Danielle said of the song that could be likened to the former Velvet Underground musician’s solo work.
Other than their features on the latest Vampire Weekend album Father of the Bride, fans have not heard new music from the Los Angeles band since the release of their sophomore album Something to Tell You in 2017. Something to Tell You arrived four years after their breakout debut album and new material previewed at the downtown Los Angeles show gives hope that fans won’t have to wait as long for its follow up.
The Wednesday (July 17) night show that took place days before the band plays their only other scheduled appearance for the year at Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday (July 19). The show was announced on Haim’s social media on Monday (July 15) with tickets on sale the following morning for the 600-capacity club.
“We put this shit together in a matter of days and you all showed up,” Alana Haim said to their hometown crowd.
“We fucking love Los Angeles!” bassist Este Haim added.
On a Wednesday night and without an opener, Haim had a typically stoic Los Angeles crowd bouncing to their hits from their debut album including “Falling,” “Don’t Save Me” and “Go Slow.”
“Mercury is in retrograde. Let’s get all that rage out now,” Alana shouted prior to launching into Days Are Gone single “My Song 5.”
In addition to songs from their catalog, the sisters broke out two new live covers from Grammy winner Paula Cole including “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.”
“Hold the person next to you,” Alana said with Este replying “As long as there is consent,” before playing their rendition of Cole’s song that was made famous as the theme song for 1990’s teen drama Dawson’s Creek.
The trio of sisters concluded the 90-minute set with an encore of Something to Tell You closer “Right Now” including the band’s signature drum session.
Haim returns to a big stage on Friday night as Pitchfork’s opening night headliner at Union Park in Chicago. Fans can catch a livestream of the of the band’s performance at Pitchfork.com.
Check out fan footage of the band performing "Summer Girl" below.