Artist Spotlight: HAIM

Este, Alana, and Danielle Haim.

The three sisters comprise of the powerhouse band, HAIM.  Their 80s soft rock combined with sounds from 90s R&B make a combination I have never heard before.  The band has (obviously) been playing music together for their entire lives.  They started as a cover band, Rockenhaim, with their parents.  All three of the sisters are incredible musicians, playing different instruments and each participate in the song writing process.  HAIM was formed in 2006, but the three sisters didn’t take it seriously until a few years later.  The first few years Alana was still in High School (she would later drop out in her first year of college to focus on the band), and Este was studying ethnomusicology at UCLA.  During this time, Danielle found minor fame while being a touring guitarist with Jenny Lewis, and later The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas.  It wasn’t until 2012 when HAIM went back to business.  HAIM later signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, and a U.K. record label, Polydor Records.

Haim in LA

The sister-act released their first EP, Forever, in 2012, followed by their debut album Days Are Gone in 2013.  To this day, Days Are Gone, is one of my favorite records of all time.  The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.  Their lead single, “The Wire,” debuted at #1 in the U.K.  The band was also featured in Calvin Harris’ fourth album, Motion, providing vocals for the song “Pray to God.”

All three sisters play percussion, as well as sing.  Alana plays the guitar, Danielle plays the guitar and also drum set, and Este finishes out the rhythm section with the bass.

HAIM’s second album, Something to Tell You, dropped this year, and peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200.  The band released an album teaser video with their song “Right Now,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.  The video got fans excited, for this was their first reappearance since Days Are Gone.  Their first single from their sophomore album was “Want You Back.”  The catchy song embodies everything the band is, and was a great choice for a single.

Haim Way Out West 2013

(From left to right) Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim.

Today, HAIM released a 14 minute video directed by Paul Thomas Anderson called “Valentine.”  The short film gives fans an insight on HAIM’s new album, where they perform live versions of “Right Now,” the albums namesake “Something to Tell You,” and “Nothings Wrong.”

Check out HAIM on Spotify here.


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