There’s a delightful thrill I get from knowing about a band or artist, and seeing them discovered by a larger audience. Late last year I learned about the Alabama Shakes, and since then they’ve become incredibly hot on the strength of a powerful first album and an incredible live show. When I saw them at the Paradise in Boston they absolutely blew the crowd away. Now when I see them they’ll be in the significantly larger House of Blues. Much larger venues are definitely in their future.
This year, I’ve been enjoying the pure summer sound of Haim. This trio from California are just starting to generate some real attention, all of it deserved. I stumbled across them a couple of months ago, and since then they’ve started getting attention for their sharp hooks and clean harmonies. their lead singer Danielle Haim guested on Childish Gambino’s Royalty, and their first single, Forever, is easily the catchiest song you’ll hear this summer. The other two tracks on the EP are pretty insidious ear worms as well.
In a couple days we’re going to California to spend a few days in Monterey, right on the beach. It’s a trip we’ve been planning for some months now, and one we’ve looked forward to for nearly a year. When I thought ahead to the time we’d be spending in the sun and on the beach, I used to run a mix of catchy warm weather songs as the soundtrack to our trip. I listened to Big Star, Teenage Fanclub, and a bunch of other hooked filled rock songs. Now I listen almost exclusively to Haim, and it sound like everything I imagine California Summers to be.