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Haim (pronounced /hm/ to rhyme with "time"[1]) is an American rock band hailing from Los AngelesCalifornia.[2][3] The band consists of sisters Este Arielle (born March 14, 1986), Danielle Sari (born February 16, 1989) and Alana Mychal Haim (born December 15, 1991)[4][5] along with drummer Dash Hutton, son of Danny Hutton[6] and previously a member of the bands Wires on Fire and Slang Chicken.[7]

Most frequently compared to Fleetwood Mac,[8] Haim's sound has been described as "nu-folk-meets-nineties-R&B"[2] and "music that sounds like it was written on a lakeside retreat attended by Stevie NicksJohn Waite and En Vogue".[9] The band played at the 2013 Glastonbury festival, earned a top ranking in BBC's Sound of 2013 poll, and later signed with Jay-Z'sRoc Nation management group.[10]

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Career[edit]Edit

2005–10: Career beginnings and formation[edit]Edit

[1][2]Danielle Haim at Way Out West 2013 inGothenburg, Sweden

The three sisters grew up in the San Fernando Valley, listening to the 1970s classic rock and Americana records of their parents. While they were still at school their parents formed a family band called Rockinhaim to play cover versions at local charity fairs, with Israeli-born father Mordechai ("Moti") on drums and mother Donna on guitar.[1][2][9] Danielle and Este were members ofthe Valli Girls,[11] an all-girl group "inspired by Pat BenatarBlondieGwen StefaniThe Pretenders, and Queen" from Southern California that was signed to Columbia Records / Sony Records[12] and had a notable appearance on 2005 tween film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants' soundtrack.[11] Their song "Valli Nation" by the "SoCal teen prodigies" appears on the 2005Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards soundtrack "alongside such pop superstars as Avril LavigneAlicia KeysSimple Plan, (and) Good Charlotte."[13]

[3][4]Este Haim at Way Out West 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

As they grew older, the sisters became more interested in incorporating pop and contemporary R&B into their music. In 2006 they decided to form their own band. For the next 5 years Haim played local venues, but did not take things further as all three sisters were busy with other projects. Este was studying at UCLA and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Ethnomusicology,[14] completed in just two years instead of the normal five.[7][9] Upon graduating from high school Danielle was asked to play drums for the opening act on one of Jenny Lewis's tours, which led to Lewis asking Danielle to be her guitarist on the following tour. The Strokes' singer Julian Casablancas came to see one of Lewis's shows on that tour, and he in turn asked Danielle to play guitar and percussion on his own solo tour.[1] She has also toured as part of Scarlet Fever, the all-female backing band for Cee-Lo Green.[9] It was after Danielle had played with other artists and Este had graduated that the sisters decided that they wanted pursue their career as HAIM more seriously.[14] Youngest sister Alana spent one year in college before dropping out to join the band with her sisters.

All three sisters are proficient on more than one instrument: Este plays both guitar and bass, Danielle plays guitar and drums, and Alana plays guitar, keyboards and percussion.[7] On record and live Este plays bass, Danielle plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals, and Alana plays rhythm guitar along with keyboards and percussion.[7][15] At gigs Este has developed a reputation for her blunt and coarse banter with the crowd, as well as for producing amusing facial expressions, a "bass face" whilst playing, often to her sisters' embarrassment.[9][16]

2012–present: Breakthrough, record deal and Days Are Gone[edit]Edit

[5][6]Alana Haim at Way Out West 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Having played shows supporting artists such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic ZerosThe Henry Clay People and Kesha, Haim's first release was a three song EP titled Forever which was made available on February 10, 2012 as a free download on their website for a brief period. The EP received a lot of attention from the music press and the general public, and following a successful gig at the South by South West festival in March 2012[3] Haim signed a deal with Polydor Records in the UK in June 2012.[17] In July 2012 independent record label National Anthem released the Forever EP on 10" vinyl, containing the original three songs along with a fourth track, a remix of "Forever" by Dan Lissvik.[18] Following dates supporting Mumford & Sons on their "Gentlemen of the Road" tour in the US in August 2012[19][20] Haim made their debut tour of the UK in November 2012[21] and then supported Florence and the Machine on their UK and Ireland tour in December 2012.[22][23] On October 16, 2012 Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1 debuted their follow-up single "Don't Save Me" on his radio show. The single's B-side was "Send Me Down", differing from their previous releases in having a notably more hip hop musical style, with glossy vocal harmonies on top. Their debut album Days Are Gone was released on September 27, 2013.

The British music magazine NME made the title track of the Forever EP its #4 track of 2012.[24] On January 4, 2013 the BBC announced that HAIM had topped their annual Sound of 2013music industry poll to find the most promising new musical acts for the coming year.[25] They are now managed by ROC NATION. In March 2013, HAIM was named one of Fuse TV's 30 must-see artists at SXSW[26] and earned their own "At Your Request" video feature on Idolator.[27] There is also a Duke Dumont remix of their song "Falling". In early 2013, they were featured on American recording artist Kid Cudi's third studio album Indicud, on the song titled "Red Eye".[28] Danielle Haim appeared in the first track, "You're No Good", from Major Lazer's second album, "Free the Universe", alongside Santigold,Vybz Kartel and Yasmin.

At the 2013 Glastonbury Festival, in addition to their own set, they appeared with Primal Scream performing background vocals on "It's Alright, It's OK", "Rocks" and "Come Together".

In June 2013 they finished their album Days Are Gone, which was released on 30 September 2013.[29] The band released its new single "The Wire" on July 29 and on September 29 they performed on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show in the presence of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

In October 2013, NBC announced that Haim would perform as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live November 23, with host Josh Hutcherson. The group performed "The Wire" and "Don't Save Me."

Artistry[edit]Edit

HAIM has been compared to 70s soft-rock legends Fleetwood Mac; however, they insist that their influences are a bit more up-to-date, revealing they are big fans of 90s girl groups TLC and Destiny's Child, and of Kendrick LamarJessie Ware and Azealia Banks. Consequently, their music sounds like folk-rock "with a few R&B/hip-hop stylings thrown in for good measure".[30]

Discography[edit]Edit

Studio albums[edit]Edit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US

[31]

AUS

[32]

BEL

[33]

CAN

[34]

DEN

[35]

GER

[36]

IRE

[37]

NZ

[38]

NOR

[39]

UK

[40]

Days Are Gone
  • Release: September 30, 2013
  • Label: Polydor Records, Columbia Records (US only)
  • Formats: CD, digital download, vinyl
6 2 9 7 18 30 4 4 5 1
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Extended plays[edit]Edit

Title EP details
Forever
  • Released: July 2, 20121
  • Label: National Anthem
  • Formats: 10" vinyl
iTunes Festival: London 2012
  • Released: November 2, 2012
  • Label: Polydor
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]Edit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS

[32]

BEL

[33]

IRE

[37]

UK

[40]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Songs US

Rock] [43]

"Forever" 2012 — [A] 75 Days Are Gone
"Don't Save Me" 66 28 70 32
"Falling" 2013 86 — [B] 66 30 45
"The Wire" 12 — [C] 26 16 25
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]Edit

Title Year Peak

chart position

Album
UK

[45]

"Better Off" 2013 163 Forever EP
"Let Me Go" 125 Days Are Gone

Guest appearances[edit]Edit

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"LVL"[46] 2013 ASAP Rocky Long. Live. ASAP
"Red Eye"[28] Kid Cudi Indicud

Music videos[edit]Edit

Title Year Director(s)
"Forever"[47] 2012 Austin Peters
"Don't Save Me"[48] Austin Peters
"Falling"[49] 2013 Tabitha Denholm
"The Wire"[50] Jonathan Lia

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

Year Organization Award Result
2012 MTV Brand New For 2013[51] Nominated
BBC Sound of 2013 Sound of 2013[25] Won
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