Sunday, October 27, 2013


At LAT, "It's home for Haim: The red-hot band is happy to hit L.A.'s memory lanes":

Their debut album entered the chart this month at No. 6. In England the record sold more copies than the latest by Justin Timberlake. Reviews have been nearly uniformly ecstatic, as has praise from fellow artists such as Katy Perry and Mumford & Sons.

To the uninitiated, Haim's success might resemble the overnight variety.

But the L.A. group — built around a trio of sisters — played its first show in 2007. Before that, the siblings performed in a band with their parents, doing Beatles and Prince covers at school functions and church fairs.

"It was fun to do," said bassist Este Haim, 27, "and it seemed normal to us."

PHOTOS: Haim brings 'Days Are Gone' to the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood

As a pop sensation, though, Haim is anything but the norm. The band — which also includes singer-guitarist Danielle, 24, and guitarist-keyboardist Alana, 21 — has an appealingly ungroomed look and a lived-in sound that forgoes the super-polished dance beats of Top 40 radio.

Sitting backstage at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre on a recent afternoon, the women were dressed in dark vintage clothes, their long hair hanging loose over their shoulders — more Joni Mitchell than Miley Cyrus. They were discussing their not-so-distant days growing up in the San Fernando Valley, including Este's job at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.

"Alana would be at the mall with her friends, and she'd come by and I'd give them free French fries and soup," said the bassist, who worked at the Cheesecake Factory in the shopping center. "Then her friends started coming separately — they cut out the middleman."

"They didn't need me anymore," Alana agreed with a laugh. "Way harsh."

If the sisters seemed nostalgic, perhaps it was because they were home for the first time in months. Haim — the name rhymes with "lime" — has been on the road in the United States and Europe for the better part of 2013. (The group is rounded out by an unrelated drummer, Dash Hutton.) Last week the band's tour stopped in L.A. for a sold-out concert at the Fonda that served as a kind of hometown celebration of its hit debut, "Days Are Gone."
More at the link.

Plus, "Live review: Haim at the Fonda Theatre."