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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - KATHY MCCABE

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.

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