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, Alana, 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. They were subsequently nominated for "Best New Artist" at the 2015 Grammy Awards, losing to Sam Smith. They then got another big break when they were tapped by Taylor Swift to be the opening act on a leg of her blockbuster 1989 tour. Their second album, Something to Tell You was released in 2017 and got mixed reviews, with it being commonly criticized for being overproduced and sounding too much like straight pop music. They won back the crowd with their third album, Women in Music Part. III, a much more raw and personal album, which earned unanimous critical acclaim and netted them two more Grammy nominations.
Haim mostly play a variant of Southern Californian soft rock heavily influenced by 80's pop and 90s Contemporary R&B. Their music at times recalls top forty heroes like Eagles and Destiny's 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)
- Something to Tell You (2017)
- Valentine (2017), a 15-minute tie-in short. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
- Women in Music Pt. III (2020)
Treir music provides examples of the following tropes:
- 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.
- Darker and Edgier: Women in Music Part. III, coming after the Lighter and Softer Something to Tell You.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Este breaking into freestyle raps on topics the audience suggests has become a staple of live shows.
- Retraux: Haim's songs are often likened to late-70s or early-80s radio hits.
- Spiritual Successor: They're often hyped as pop-era Fleetwood Mac's successors. Stevie Nicks apparently approves!
- 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.