Meet the Haim sisters

Haim
From left to right: Este, Alana and Danielle HaimCredit: Bella Lieberberg

The sisters of the band Haim, pronounced like the word ‘time’, are a bunch of California girls.

Este, Danielle and Alana Haim are typical 20 somethings. They love Kendrick Lamar and throw dance parties – only their dance-offs involve Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

They just started releasing music last year and are already blowing up. They’re currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their first studio album.

“We can only have one first album,” Este, the oldest sister, tells Metro from her Los Angeles home. “We want to make sure we love it.”

The new album will include some singles from previous EPs as well as new music. Once it’s done, they embark on tour and hit up some of the major summer music festivals.

In the United States, they’re playing Governors Ball in New York City, Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tennessee and the Made in America festival in Philadelphia. The sisters will also travel across the pond to play festivals in the United Kingdom such as the Glastonbury.

For the Haim sisters, music is a family affair.

Their dad played the drums and their mom was a guitar player and singer. Their grandmother was a piano teacher. The family would gather in the living room playing oldies such as “Brown Eyed Girl.”

“Our dad put us on the drums as soon as we could hold our heads up,” Este says. “At that point we were just banging on things.”

As high schoolers, the girls tinkered with other bands.

“When I was in high school I was in a couple of bands and simultaneously in a band with my family,” Este says. “Nothing ever felt as good as when I played with them. My sisters are much better musicians than the dudes I played with.”

Este has a hard time describing Haim’s exact genre of music.

They’ve been compared to Fleetwood Mac. Este says the music Danielle, the middle sister, first wrote resembled that of Michael Jackson.

The girls have an eclectic taste in music. They listened to the oldies radio stations, and when they were good, their parents let them listen to Top 40. While helping their mom with dishes, they listened to the ‘Saturday Night Fever’ soundtrack. With their dad, it was nothing but funk.

“We grew up listening to everything,” Este says. “We take from so many genres of music and time periods … we can’t describe our music as one genre. The lines are kind of blurred now.”

In addition to the band, the sisters are also inseparable friends. Este and Alana live together in a Los Angeles home Este is convinced is haunted.

“Things inexplicably fly off walls,” she says. “Our house is inhabited by Casper.”

Their other sister Danielle lives a five-minute walk away.

“We work together, but the thing is, when we’re not working, we’re still hanging out,” Este says. “We spend a lot of time together and it’s not because we have to but because we want to. We always have the most fun when we’re together.”

If you go

New York
June 8
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn
(718) 963-3369
brooklynbowl.com

June 9
Governos Ball –Randall’s Isand
governorsballmusicfestival.com

Philadelphia
August 31
Made in America Festival
www.madeinamericafest.com

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