SUPERB POP DNA
The Haim sisters grabbed the world’s attention with their delightful first album and they are now repeating the feat with their second effort
Mention Haim, those three prodigiously talented sisters from California, to a postmodern music fan and you are usually met with a gushing exclamation of adoration.
Even before they became regulars on buddy Taylor Swift’s Instagram feed or a sought-after photo op on that sweeping staircase leading into the annual Met Ball, Este, Danielle and Alana were embraced by critics and music fans for their debut album Days Are Gone.
Darlings of alternative radio for their undeniable, sunny pop melodies, they became queens of the festival stages in Australia with their ferocious live performances.
These young women made pop look like a rock band, all blistering guitar and drum solos, their hair flying all over the place, moshpits provoked into sweaty, heavy masses.
Eldest sister Este remembers performing at the Laneway festival in 2014 – the year Lorde also made her mark as a main-stage event – and almost melting in the summer sun.
“That was a big moment for us, something we always look back on as being one of the best times. But, yeah, it was very, very hot. We were sweaty that day,” she says, laughing. “I loved it.”
The sisters circled the globe as their record peaked at No. 1 in the UK, No. 2 in Australia and No. 6 in the US, kept afloat on the airwaves by the ear candy of singles including The Wire, If I Could Change Your Mind and Falling.
Este has a collection of those old-school diaries with the lock.
“My diaries from third grade to high school are like little Fort Knoxes,” she says.
It doesn’t appear any of her youthful confessions of love and heartbreak have made the lyric sheet of their muchanticipated second album Something To Tell You.
After spending three years on the road, the sisters returned to their parents’ loungeroom to work on the record. But the lightning bolt moment which would unlock the floodgates for their second album came when penning a song for the Amy Schumer film Trainwreck.
Little Of Your Love, a throwback to the Phil Spector girl groups sound, didn’t make the film but would land on their record.
“We wrote Little Of Your Love in one day and we felt like it was the start of something good, the first fully formed thing we had written which we were happy with,” Este says. “It jump started the whole record after that.”
While their upbringing listening to West Coast radio stations has strengthened their pop DNA, Haim identify as a rock band.
“I think the great thing about 2017 is right now, anything goes,” Danielle says.
Este adds: “I don’t think there are any rules and if there are, we are f...ing breaking them. It’s funny because I just saw Wonder Woman and I feel like I can f...ing do anything now. I really feel that.”
Haim play Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay this weekend
American rock sisters Haim are playing at Splendour in the Grass this weekend.