Sister Trio Haim and Singer-Songwriter Faye Webster to Perform at The Anthem

by Gem Miller and Kanika Mehra

Haim, the trio from Los Angeles, is gracing the stages of venues all across America. Fresh off the success of their acting debut in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, the gals are back on the road and ready to take on The Anthem on May 13th and 14th. May 13th sold out fast! So be sure to grab your May 14th tickets here.

A family affair, Haim consists of sisters Este, Daniella, and Alana Haim. They’ve come a long way since their 2013 debut album Days Are Gone with the impressive radio hit “The Wire.” Although, their 2020 Grammy nominated record Women in Music Pt. III is what solidified Haim’s status as pop-rock cult favorites. Women in Music Pt. III is an excellently executed rock record with a fresh take on classic rock tropes and“ The Steps” exemplifies this. The album opener “Los Angeles” is a sonically carefree anthem for the city of angels, “3 AM” is an infectious yet groovy earworm, and you better believe I scream-sing “FUBT” in my car any chance I get.

Gem saw them live when they headlined the All Things Go Music Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in October last year. It was an electric performance, ethereal and beyond impressive. They camped out in anticipation and was able to snag a spot up close. Their performance of “My Song 5” was holy. Gem stood before Alana and watched in awe as she played a drum like it was her last day on earth. There was no special set, no flamboyant costumes (not that we don’t love those things) — just three ladies enjoying their music and relishing in the energy of live performance. The audience gave every bit of energy right back — it was a perfect dynamic.

They’ll be joined by opener Faye Webster, a 24-year-old singer songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. Webster’s sound fits nicely in with other peers pushing the growing female hegemony of the Indie genre. She has the swell and intensity of Mitski, the subtle melancholy of Phoebe Bridgers, and a knack for storytelling like Lucy Dacus. With the country roots of of her debut LP, Run and Tell, Webster was positioned to be the alternative version of Taylor Swift. Yet even since the ripe age of 16, her voice had a surprising maturity to it. In a lovely contradiction though, as she’s grown through albums like Alone Again, the eponymous Faye Webster, and likely her most recognizable work, I Know I’m Funny haha, there’s perhaps no audience her work is catered to than the slightly lost, slightly sad 20-something who’ll forever miss the feeling of being a teenage girl. Songs like “A Stranger,” touch on themes on casual dissociation–– not the clinical sort but the one that leaves you laying in bed listening to the same song over and over. “A Dream With a Baseball Player” is the perfect score for walking around as you hope to run into that completely baseless, totally misguided crush who has no idea you exist. And personally, “Alone Again,” was the star track that emerged from my bout with COVID-19–– a little on the nose, sure, but amid a quarantine or not, Webster’s juxtaposition of raw, bedroom pop songwriting and swelling instrumentals capture the sweet melancholy of being a young woman like nothing else.

Combined with the musical stylings of Haim, these artists are sure to put on a power packed gut punch that’s worth catching. The first night’s sold out but a second one has been added–– be sure to get your tickets now on the Anthem’s website.