Friday, 9 November 2012

Ones to Watch 2013 - #2 Haim

Haim are three sisters Danielle, Alana and Este from San Fernando Valley, USA and grew up playing classic rock songs in their family band Rockinhaim. But it was when they dropped mum and dad, set out on their own and played this year’s South by South West festival that they really began to fly.

Fast forward a couple of months and the bands cheeky charisma, geeky coolness and harmonised melodic pop charms were one of the thrilling highlights at the 2012 Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Based on that sweaty, powerful, fun, down to underwear, lowdown and dirty performance the band made their first appearance on the blog in May (here).

Haim’s music forms a three way triangle between rock, r’n’b and pop. Imagine the raw adrenalin of The White Stripes, the song craft of Fleetwood Mac and the potential pop of Wilson Phillips. Add to that an infectious energy for performance, engaging banter on stage and the ability to swap instruments and vocal duties with ease and you have a band that manage to make something very fresh from a bunch of reference points from the cobwebbed past.

With a record deal signed in June (celebrating with a gig in London where mum and dad joined them on stage), some small scale UK headline shows planned for later this month and some massive arena concerts supporting Florence and the Machine  (remember when she was one of our Ones To Watch back in 2008?) Haim are going to be picking up plenty more fans before the year is out. 2013 is theirs for the taking. No question. If you haven't watched the video for Forever (one of our favourite songs of 2012) it gives you a great idea of the band.

Haim - Forever (Video)

Haim - Forever (Dan Lissvik Remix)

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