HAIM, which I’ve finally learned is meant to rhyme with “time,” is the California-based rock band made up of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim that you’ve probably heard being buzzed about for the past year or so. Yeah, they’re a little reminiscent of Hanson, but only because of their long, middle-parted hair. What they’re mostly known for, though, is their cool indie-rock sound, which is accented with R&B and hip-hop influences. We’ve had our eyes on them for a little while now (in a totally not-creepy way) so how about we learn a little bit more about them? Yes, that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
1. They’re all actual sisters.
None of that, “I really love you so you’re my ‘sister’” nonsense, here. They just happen to all be extremely talented, by some miracle of sorts.
2. Each of them plays at least two different instruments.
Yes, two! They’re all skilled guitar players, but Este also plays the bass, Danielle the drums, and Alana both the keyboard and percussion. Once, I tried to learn to play the guitar, but I couldn’t get over the first weeks of finger bruises, so I really do applaud them (with blistered hands). I’m living vicariously through their musical ability.
They are Rockinhaim, The Valli Girls, Scarlet Fever, and, of course HAIM. Fun fact: the first one was a cover band that included their parents, who, it turns out, are also impressively musical. Second fun fact: Scarlet Fever was the name of Cee-Lo Green’s backup band, which is a pretty cool humble-brag to have in your back pocket.
4. They’ve opened for some impressive musicians.
Namely, Mumford and Sons, Ke$ha, and Florence and the Machine. And with voices as fantastic as theirs, it really isn’t hard to see why such big names have taken notice of the trio. Since we’re four facts in and I haven’t yet given you any musical evidence of all of this talent that I’ve been waxing poetic about, I thought I’d make up for it by giving you this video of them singing their song Go Slow live. I just want to listen to this forever until I die.
5. Their success has been a long time coming.
In an interview with UK’s Telegraph, they admit that they’ve been playing together for 15 years, with 6 of them under their current band format. Also in that interview, they mention that it wasn’t at all uncommon for them to book a tiny venue and then still not have that many people show up. So they are, by no means, overnight successes; more like, “holy crap, it’s about time” successes.
And, as a parting gift, because I care about your happiness, here’s their latest music video for their song The Wire. Plus, there’s a cameo by The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone. It’s a fun song and a fun video and is also a song that I would be completely okay with having play in the background of everything that I do until the end of time.
Not that you really needed any convincing to get into HAIM, but now you have five more reasons to go get all of their music and look out for their future work. But that’s all thanks to their fresh and exciting sound, and not at all to me. Though, if they happen to be looking for, say, a fourth sister, I’m totally willing to convert to a middle part if that’s what it takes. Just let me know, girls.