Este, Danielle, and Alana. Not pictured: that one guy.
Best known either for their hit The Wire
or Este's "bass face
", Los Angeles alt-rockers Haim
started existence as the family classic rock cover band Rockinhaim. Mordechai (drums) and Donna (guitar) Haim played with daughters Este
, and Danielle
at various local events until Danielle and Este left to join the girl group Valli Girls
in the early 2000s. After the breakup of the Valli Girls, Danielle went to work as a backing guitarist
for Julian Casablancas
and Cee Lo Green
while Este completed her studies at UCLA.
In 2010 the sisters added drummer Dash Hutton
, formerly of Punk Rock
groups Wires On Fire and Slang Chicken, and released the EP Forever
to critical acclaim. Singles Don't Save Me
and The Wire
kept their momentum going, but no album was forthcoming until "Days Are Gone" finally emerged on September 30, 2013, immediately blitzing the charts and by most accounts validating the hype.
Haim mostly play a variant of Southern Californian soft rock heavily influenced by 80's
pop and 90s
R&B. Their music at times recalls top forty heroes like Eagles
and Destinys Child
, though they're most often compared to a (hopefully far less dysfunctional) Fleetwood Mac
- Danielle Haim (lead guitar, lead vocals, drums)
- Este Haim (guitar, bass, backing vocals)
- Alana Haim (rhythm guitar, backing vocals, keyboard, percussion)
- Dash Hutton (drums)
- Forever EP (2012)
- Falling EP (2012)
- Days Are Gone (2013)
Tropes associated with this band include:
- Adorkable: All three of them. Depending on who you ask it's either Este or Alana who take the cake.
- The Alleged Car: Este's decade old Honda Accord.
- Ambiguously Jewish: All three are Jewish, though they don't really call any attention to it.
- Awesome McCoolname: Este Arielle Haim. How many young women would kill to be named that?
- Band of Relatives: Este Haim, Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, and Dash Hutton.
- Berserk Button: By self-admission, Este's are when anyone tries to mess with her younger sisters, or whenever she sees either Danielle or Alana pick up a bass guitar.
- Breakup Song: The Wire, though if Este is to be believed, this trope is averted. She describes Days Are Gone as "having no Taylor Swift shenanigans".
- B-Side: Almost entirely dance mixes with the exception of Send Me Down.
- The Cameo: It took five singles, but Dash finally shows up at his drum kit towards the end of the If I Could Change Your Mind video.
- Chekhov's Gun: Their hit single Forever was released as a free download on their website in 2012.
- Chekhov's Gunman: During the mid-2000s, Este and Danielle were members of a band The Valli Girls, which never reached commercial success, but managed to have a song featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. In addition, Danielle previously worked as a session musician and touring guitarist for a number of prominent musicians.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Este and Alana are prone to being this.
- Cool Shades: All three sisters love to wear them.
- Cover Version: For a band that hasn't been around long, quite a few:
- Crowning Moment of Awesome: Haim covering Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song"
- And then Este's swipe at the rise of far-right politics in the region at the end of the song, "We love you UK! Hopefully we'll still be allowed in the country after this song comes out...."
- Dream Team: Have performed together with Lorde.
- Este's best friend? Kesha.
- Epic Rocking: The girls often have Grateful Dead-style jam sessions at their concerts.
- Everything Is an Instrument: Este eschews her bass on Strong Enough in favor of co-lead vocals and a glass bottle, played as though it were a hand-held drum.
- Grade Skipper: Collegiate example - Este completed a five-year Ethnomusicology degree in two years.
- Homage: Their sound is a general homage to the music they grew up listening to.
- The music video for My Song 5 was a homage to 1990s Trash TV talk shows, complete with Este portraying a guest who confesses to her boyfriend that she's sexually attracted to mimes. Because it's Este.
- The Wire is pretty reminiscent of Heartache Tonight by The Eagles in both its sound and structure, and especially its drumbeat.
- Iconic Outfit: Well, iconic bottoms. Danielle almost always wears pants, Este almost always wears skirts and Alana almost always wears shorts.
- Ill Girl: Este, who is a Type-I Diabetic.
- J Word Privileges: Considered naming themselves "The Bagel Bitches" (all three are Jewish) before settling on their last name.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Some versions of "Days Are Gone" came with a second disc compiling various remixes, the B-Side Send Me Down and "Forever" track Better Off.
- If I Could Change Your Mind was released as a vinyl single on Record Store Day with three different covers, each one depicting one of the Haim sisters.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 2-3 in the studio with live versions up a notch or two. Live covers of "Oh Well" shoot straight to a 6, inverting Surprisingly Gentle Song but good.
- Motormouth: Alana, big time.
- My Friends... and Zoidberg: While treated as an equal by the Haim sisters and being perfectly content to stay in the background, drummer Dash Hutton is largely perceived to be a tack-on or a tag-along.
- Hutton's role is redundant as well, as both Danielle and Alana are competent drummers and recorded the percussion parts on Haim's music themselves. The reason they recruited a drummer to play live with them is based off their father's advice for none of them to become percussionists.
- Near Death Experience: Este claims to have nearly died on stage when her blood sugar ran dangerously low during a concert (she is Type-I diabetic).
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Although best known for soft-rock hits The Wire and Don't Save Me, there's plenty of synth-pop, r&b, and garage-rock weirdness to go around on their debut alone.
- Never Heard That One Before: On YouTube a video surfaced of Alana eating (and enthusiastically enjoying) Percy's Pigs candy in the UK. Cue a bunch of joking comments about how she can't eat pig because she's Jewish.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Este breaking into freestyle raps on topics the audience suggests has become a staple of live shows.
- Refuge in Audacity: Este is prone to this. From swearing like a trucker, to telling an audience in graphic detail about her desire to have sex with Andrew Garfield, to expressing satisfaction at her ass being broadcast across Madison Square Garden, to stage diving in skirts and dresses, she does not hold back.
- "He wouldn't even have a dick left! I would chisel that shit with my labia!"
- Retraux: Haim's songs are often likened to late-70s or early-80s radio hits.
- Shout-Out: To The Eagles in "If I Could Change Your Mind": "Forgive my lyin' eyes."
- Spiritual Successor: They're often hyped as pop-era Fleetwood Mac's successors. Stevie Nicks apparently approves!
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Haim serves as this at just about every festival they perform at; their performances frequently overshadow the other bands amongst both concert goers and the media covering the event.
- And Este is pretty good at capturing everyone's attention away from the other two sisters.
- The Stoic: Danielle, at least in comparison to Este and Alana's exaggerated personalities.
- The Tyson Zone: Played with. Though just about any stage antic attributed to Este can be explained by, "Well, it is Este Haim after all....", Danielle and Alana attest that outside of the spotlight she is a relatively restrained person who lives a quiet, normal life. Este herself had discussed how the energy of the concerts turn her into a different person than she is in private.
- Teens Are Short: A strange variation of this, Este, the oldest sister, is the tallest and Alana, the youngest, is the shortest.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: A good summary of how Este dresses. Contrast to Danielle's mostly gender-neutral wardrobe.
- Tomboy: Danielle's fashion involves traditionally masculine clothing (t-shirts, jeans, etc...)
- V-Formation Team Shot: Their usual performance set-up is Danielle in the middle and front with Este stage left and Alana stage right. Oh and Dash Hutton is there somewhere.
- Weirdness Magnet: Este.
- A Wild Rapper Appears: A$AP Ferg, on "My Song 5" (unsurprisingly, not on the album version).