Live in-Studio: Haim

Interview and Performance

Friday, September 13, 2013

The three sisters of the pop-rock band Haim have the kind of story biopic producers must dream about. Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim grew up in Southern California playing classic rock and 80s pop covers in a band called Rockinhaim with their father, a retired Israeli soccer player, and mother, a singer who once won a gong on The Gong Show. The girls kept playing together, and after a foray into major-label teen pop with The Valli Girls, decided to start writing their own music.

→ Listen to Haim perform live below

Just a few years later, Haim has played major festivals like Glastonbury and Bonnaroo, and the band’s debut album, Days Are Gone, is one of this year's most talked-about. It perfectly captures the vintage influences of their parents’ music, while incorporating the sounds of hiphop and R&B (nodding to Kanye’s 808s and Beyonce’s vocal range, for example).

That open relationship with pop has earned the sisters fans in powerful places. Katy Perry and Ke$ha have spoken favorably about them, while Rihanna and Mumford & Sons have invited Haim on tour. “I don’t think genres are a thing anymore,” Este Haim tells Kurt Andersen. “That’s what makes music exciting right now.”

 

Bonus Track: “Oh Well” (Fleetwood Mac cover) live in Studio 360

Update: due to rights restrictions, these tracks are only available for streaming, not download.

Bonus Track: “Honey and I” live in Studio 360


 

Slideshow: Haim live in the studio

Alana Haim (left), Danielle Haim (center), and Este Haim (right) rehearse a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” Danielle prefers its “pre-Stevie, pre-Lindsey, bluesy vibes.”
Amy Pearl

Alana Haim (left), Danielle Haim (center), and Este Haim (right) rehearse a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.” Danielle prefers its “pre-Stevie, pre-Lindsey, bluesy vibes.”

Danielle Haim.
Amy Pearl

Middle sister Danielle Haim on lead guitar.

Danielle Haim rocks a Gibson SG, made famous by one of her guitar idols, AC/DC’s Angus Young.
Amy Pearl

Danielle Haim rocks a Gibson SG, made famous by one of her guitar idols, AC/DC’s Angus Young.

Middle sister Danielle Haim on lead guitar.
Amy Pearl

Danielle Haim.

Youngest sister Alana Haim (left) on rhythm guitar and Danielle Haim (right).
Amy Pearl

Youngest sister Alana Haim (left) on rhythm guitar and Danielle Haim (right).

The initials on Alana Haim’s guitar – “SSK” -- are a tribute to her friend, the late actress and musician Sammi Kane Kraft.
Amy Pearl

The initials on Alana Haim’s guitar — “SSK” — are a tribute to her friend, the late actress and musician Sammi Kane Kraft.

Este Haim on bass.
Amy Pearl

Este Haim on bass.

Haim's 3 for 360

1. Bossy Pants — Tina Fey
2. Hold On, We're Going Home — Drake
3. Blue Jasmine

    Music Playlist
  1. Falling
    Artist: Haim
    Album: Days Are Gone
    Label: Columbia
    Purchase: Amazon
  2. The Wire
    Artist: Haim
    Album: Days Are Gone
    Label: Columbia
    Purchase: Amazon
  3. Freedom
    Artist: Haim

    Live in Studio 360

  4. Oh Well
    Artist: Haim

    Fleetwood Mac cover

    Live in Studio 360

Guests:

HAIM

Produced by:

Sean Rameswaram

Comments [5]

James from Central Florida

They've got a nice sound. Kind of refreshing. I'll have to put them on my "Gotta Listen To" list.

Sep. 16 2013 05:46 PM
Bigeeta Jones from Los Angeles, CA

So far, I like what I hear. Hopefully, the rest of the album is good. The song from the intro is great. I'm going to give them a chance. They blend the old and the new really well.

Sep. 15 2013 12:00 PM
Jeff from Philly

Good writing and musicianship. One of the more interesting new(ish) acts I've heard in a while. Thanks Kurt and Studio 360 for turning us on to Haim.

Sep. 14 2013 10:35 PM
Lila from Los Angeles

They're young, thin and white. In America, that is enough. So I guess that means they're awesome! Thumbs down.

Sep. 14 2013 08:34 PM
Jen from Brooklyn

Wow. They are really bad. Doesn't anyone vet the music choices that go on the show? I have dies about ten soul deaths since they got on (5 minutes ago: 2 soul deaths per minute).

Sep. 14 2013 04:55 PM

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