Don’t call them a girl band. The pop-rock band, HAIM—comprised of sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim from Los Angeles—revealed years ago that they are insulted when people call them a girl band, since making the distinction that they are girls is completely dated and unnecessary, in their words, “medieval.” (YES!)
Growing up in a musical family, the sisters are all multi-talented musicians, each knowing how to play multiple instruments. Their father, Moti (a former Israeli footballer), and mother, Donna, fostered their talents from a young age, as the family band Rockinhaim. “Some of my most vivid memories [are] coming home and my dad playing drums,” Este Haim said in an interview with NPR. “And I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t playing drums. It was the same thing as when I came to the realization that not everyone was in a family band. Because I was in a family band from the time I was in elementary school, I just assumed that’s what families did.”
The sisters rocketed to full-fledged fame in 2012 with their EP Forever. After supporting big names like Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine on UK tours, the group was named one of the most promising musical acts of the coming year by BBC, and was then signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation. In early 2013, the group was featured on Kid Cudi’s track “Red Eye,” which I cannot stop listening to right now.
HAIM is one of those bands you can go to on Spotify and select “Shuffle All,” and never have to skip a track. Seriously, their raw talent and cool-girl image is beyond enticing, and honestly, I want to be a Haim sister.
HAIM is my pick for “Best Album of 2017”
After four years, the band released a new album in 2017 titled, “Something to Tell You,” filled with ballads about relationships with friends, lovers, and even each other. “When we were writing this record, we were three girls in different stages of their 20s, which I think is a very interesting time,” Danielle Haim told NPR. “There’s some songs on the record that touch on being a woman in a touring band, and having to deal with men’s egos, and your partner’s egos. It’s also us growing up. With ‘Want You Back,’ it was definitely us taking a step back and realizing that sometimes, you have to realize that you have a part in a relationship that has gone sour.”
The record’s title track is honest, relatable, gut-wrenching— chronicling a situation we’ve all been in or will be in at some point post-relationship.
Check out their entire discography—you will not be disappointed.
For more HAIM goodness from a fellow music loving valley girl, check out Laine’s thoughts.
Header photo courtesy of Billboard.0