“Listen to HAIM. HAIM makes everything better.”
My fiance’s cousin, who I have always been close to, commented with that on a Facebook status update I posted a few months ago. I had heard of HAIM before then. I listened to a few songs and made a mental note to go back and really give them a listen with my full attention, rather than just putting them on in the background while I worked. I never did get around to doing that, until very recently.
HAIM is a three-piece pop rock band originating from an exceptionally musical family in Los Angeles, California. The three sisters initally formed the band, a stylized version of their last name, in 2007. It wasn’t until 2012, however, when they were working on the band as a full-time operation. During that gap, Este Haim earned a degree in Ethnomusicology, while Danielle Haim toured as a guitarist with Jenny Lewis and the solo act of Julian Casablancas, frontman of The Strokes.
If you have heard HAIM before, it’s more than likely because of their song, “The Wire.” It is a damn good song that has been steadily picking up traction since its release. This band has had an effect on me that almost no other has ever had — their most popular song is my favorite. That never happens! Ever.
HAIM is what happens when trends come back. Their sound is rooted in retro ’80s synth pop that will give you flashbacks of leg warmers and torn off-the-shoulder t-shirts. Their ’90s R&B influences give them a unique sound that makes it continuously more difficult to put these rocking ladies into a box.
HAIM’s first and only album, “Days Are Gone,” was released in 2013. At the end of this past summer they released the single “My Song 5” and are currently working on their follow-up album.