HAIM: Sisters Making Rock ‘n’ Roll History

Photo Credit: Drew Le Fore Escriva

HAIM is an American pop rock all-female group. The band is made up of three sisters: Este Haim (vocals and bass guitar), Danielle Haim (vocals, guitar, and drums), and Alana Haim (guitar, keyboards, and vocals). The women grew up in San Fernando Valley, California. At an early age, the sisters were playing instruments for their parents’ band Rockinhaim. In 2001 Este and Danielle joined a pop group, Valli Girls. A notable achievement for Valli Girls was that one of the songs made it into the movie The Sister of the Traveling Pants. The group released a couple of tracks and a compilation album but the sisters left later that year.

HAIM was formed in 2007 with their younger sister Alana. For several years the women played at small gigs but didn’t take it seriously. The sisters were finishing university studies and working with other artists until 2012. HAIM then released their first EP, Forever. The combined excitement they received from the three songs on the EP along with touring created an opening for the sisters to be spotted by larger record labels, which was when HAIM scored a management deal with Roc Nation and Polydor Records.

In September 2013 HAIM released their debut album Days Are Gone. The album generated a huge buzz for the band. Listeners can hear the ‘80s influences throughout the album from the melodies to the lyrics. Whether on songs like “Running If You Call My Name” or “If I Could Change Your Mind”, listeners can hear the stories of young people discovering themselves. Fans can hear the distinctness of the tracks like “The Wire” and “Let Me Go.”

HAIM on the cover of its new album, Women in Music Pt. III. 

Something To Tell You was released in July 2017. The sophomore album sees the return of the HAIM sisters creating music inspired by the ups and downs of love. “Kept Me Crying” reflects on a person who needs to be desired by someone that doesn’t’ deserve the affection. Other songs like “Nothing’s Wrong” and “Right Now” bring in different influences than what fans had come to expect. “You Never Knew” acts as the song that highlights the highs and lows from a despaired perspective.

Women in Music Pt. III was released on June 26, 2020. The newest project from the sisters has a more nuanced and heavier feel to it than any other music in their catalog. HAIM opens and addresses wounds through the songs on the album. Each of the sisters had hard grief-filled experiences that fueled the creation of Women in Music Pt. III. Lyrics from “I’ve Been Down”, “3 AM” or “All That Ever Mattered” show the dark, vivid lyrics that offers listeners a glimpse into the lives of the HAIM sisters. Later in the year, HAIM featured on Taylor Swift’s song “No Body, No Crime” from her latest album Folklore. Taylor returned the favor by featuring on the remix of “Gasoline” on Women in Music Pt. III expanded edition.

Each release from the band explores the depth of creativity the sisters of HAIM wield. HAIM’s style of blending soft rock with touches of indie and R&B has caused the group to stand out. The sisters even made rock ‘n’ roll history this year by being the first all-female rock band nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Grammys. The sisters are extremely talented and spirited with songs that bring people together. Listeners can be sure to hear more upcoming releases from HAIM.

Written by: Carlton Rolle

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