Este, Alana, and Danielle otherwise known as the three-piece band Haim evolved from what some would consider a pretty questionable start in the music business. The three sisters began their career playing Motown covers in their parent’s band before Danielle and Este were (unluckily?) scouted to be a part of the girl group Valli Girls. What was to follow was a series of cringe worthy teeny-bobber singles including the theme song to the short-lived television program ‘Trollz’. Luckily for us though Danielle and Este quit to pursue more credible careers in music that culminated in the creation of Haim.
After sitting in our peripherals for a while Haim officially hit the scene in 2012 with the release of their first single ‘Forever’. A far reach from their teeny-bobber past, ‘Forever’ is a glittery homage to 80’s handclaps, palm mute guitar and staccato, R&B vocals that takes the place of track no. 2 on their debut album Days Are Gone (released at the end of last month). Hailed by everyone from Jay-Z to Mumford and Sons Days Are Gone has really hit the bell at the top of the indie pop High Striker. It’s a compilation of glossy anthems that echo of the 80s and Fleetwood Mac giving pop a refreshingly good hook to hang its name on.
The only obvious criticism of Days Are Gone is that it potentially draws too much from music gone by but then let me direct your attention to track number 8. ‘My Song 5’s trouncing bass line bluesy vocals and metal guitar makes for an uncompromisingly powerful track that saunters into play. It’s the most musically interesting song of the album and plays host to that signature Haim bass at it’s biggest. It’s enough to bring a house down. All in all Days Are Gone is a debut to be proud of. It’s a sugar coated punch and marks the start of a promising musical career for Haim. Lend your ear.