Haim arrives in Utah for first time in sold-out show
Music • Folk-meets-R&B quartet faced with heady expectations for Depot performance.
Published: May 20, 2014 09:26AM
Updated: May 19, 2014 09:00AM
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Courtesy Photo Haim performs Thursday at The Depot in Salt Lake City.

Most people — even those in the entertainment industry — visualize a perfect day as one without responsibilities.

Such a perfect day may include a sandy white beach, a hammock, a daiquiri and a dutiful waiter bringing you yet another daiquiri. That’s bliss.

Most people are not like Haim.

The three young sisters and friend in the California-based, folk-by-way-of-Motown group Haim (rhymes with “time”) are riding the wave created by their debut album, “Days Are Gone,” and the tsunami of hipster attention and breathless buzz shows no sign of cresting. This show has been sold out for months.

That’s why when one of the members of Haim answers the question of what a perfect day is like, the reply is, “Waking up and writing for a couple hours, soundcheck, then the show!” And the show is punctuated with that exclamation point. Daiquiris are nowhere in sight.

The band members — Arielle (born in 1986), Danielle (born in 1989) and Alana Haim (born in 1991) with drummer Dash Hutton — know they have to prove themselves every night in every new state they visit, including the Beehive State.

“We have never been to Utah before, but we are pumped!” said Alana and Danielle in a Tribune email interview. Again, with an exclamation point.

Comparisons to other bands don’t come easy for a folk-rocking group that is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management group, but Fleetwood Mac, John Legend and Destiny’s Child are often mentioned — a strange yet appealing menagerie.

Danielle and Alana answered a few short questions about their plans, career, and not a single one about daiquiris.

How do the differences among the three sisters create something greater than each alone?

I think our differences are what bring out the best in each other.

How does the perception of you differ from reality?

I think or I would hope that the perceptions of us are pretty close to who we actually are. None of us act any differently onstage or in public than we do when we’re by ourselves. The biggest difference would probably be in the way Danielle is perceived. I think people think she’s much more shy than she actually is. Then again, we’re her sisters, so that could be it.

What are the plans for the rest of 2014?

Well, we’re finishing our U.S. tour and then we go into summer festival season in June and July, which is basically like summer camp for musicians. After that we’re gonna go back to L.A. and play a few more shows and then take some time to focus on the next record. Then we do it all over again. It’s the plan.

Do you tire of comparisons to past and current bands, or are you flattered?

We don’t necessarily understand all of the comparisons that have been made, but no matter what, we’re always flattered. We’re fans of all the artists we’ve been compared to, so it’s still crazy for us to see our name being used in the same sentence.

Haim

When • Thursday, 8 p.m.

Where • The Depot, 400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

Tickets • Sold out