I’ve had my eye on this amazing girl band (in the ‘we’re fucking cool and play our own stuff’ sense, not the Spice Girls sense) for a chunk of 2012, having heard and fallen in love with their California-cool sound and wishing big things for them.
So, it comes as no surprise to me to learn that they have been dubbed BBC Radio 1’s Sound of 2013, have appeared on countless cool lists including Red Pages Hot 100 and have already graced the cover of NME.
But who are they and what are they like?
Sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (pronounced ‘high-m’) have all performed together for most of their lives, including as children in the band Rockinhaim with their parents. The born and bred Californians always had a passion for music, but Haim as we know it (also featuring Dash Hutton) have only really been breaking through in the last year or so.
Following a smash performance at 2012’s SXSW festival and support slots with big artists such as Julian Casablancas, Ke$ha and Florence & The Machine, the music industry started to pay attention to how good this girl group were.
Three-track EP “Forever” was released back in February 2012 as a free download from the band’s website, providing those of us not lucky enough to catch them live with a snippet of what we were missing. A mixture of influences like nu-folk, R’N’B and a laidback Californian vibe shape the effortless Haim sound. “Forever” itself is an experimental track with funky bass, scattered harmonies and a chorus packed with lyrics that you’ll be rewinding until you’ve learnt all the words.
If there was anyone around to liken them to today it would be Ladyhawke, although Haim are far less electro-led than the New Zealand beach babe.
If you can’t wait to hear more from the talented trio, you’re probably going to have to hop on a plane stateside to see them opening for Mumford and Sons next month. Alternatively, you could download their latest single “Don’t Save Me”, pray for a UK tour this year and sit tight for the debut album, which is expected to drop in the spring.