Haim – Days Are Gone

Introducing Haim (rhymes with ‘time’), three ridiculously talented sisters with long manes, long legs, and a killer sound. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Haim!

These fresh faces have just dropped their debut album, Days Are Gone. Este, Danielle and Alana Haim grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, listening to their parents’ classic rock records from the ‘70s. Though Danielle’s lead vocals definitely ooze a Stevie Nicks vibe, Haim fuse classic rock with indie folk, pop, contemporary R&B, and even country.

This album has a little bit of everything. From energetic and breathy vocals in “Falling”, to languid and dreamlike in “Go Slow”. From a country melody in “The Wire”, to jungle drums and guitar solos in “Let Me Go”. What ties it all together? The guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. A back to basics, classic rock band setup. Their raw, unfiltered vocals against the strumming of the bass keeps it fresh, and is a nice contrast from the processed and synthesised audio that currently characterises the music industry.

With sunglasses and slightly unkempt hair, I imagine that these ladies cycle around “The Valley” donned in denim, white t-shirts, and guitars strapped to their backs. Haim are serious about their music, but they certainly seem to do so without taking themselves too seriously.

Keen to hear them live? Haim are travelling down under for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival in January/February 2014!

The Breakdown:

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Latest album: Days Are Gone, released 30 September 2013

Sounds like: Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, and Pat Benatar

Say what? A couple got engaged at a Haim show in Melbourne this year! After seeing a tweet from a fan, the band tracked down the lovebirds and invited them backstage. According to Alana, the bride-to-be seemed more excited about getting backstage, than she was about getting engaged. Poor guy.

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