By Jennifer Lynn
Azealia Banks thinks they’re cool, Katy Perry loves ’em, and we’re harbouring one major girl crush on these LA ladies. Say hello to Haim…
“All I ever wanted to be growing up was Baby Spice!” says Alana Haim, the youngest of LA sister trio Haim, who began their assault on the UK charts last year with debut single Forever. The aptly nicknamed Baby Haim is excitedly telling me who inspired the girls when they were growing up, and it seems that our very own Spice Girls are high on that list. “When we were younger all our parents listened to was K-Earth 101, the oldies station,” she explains. “But when we were in cars with our friends’ parents they let us listen to like Aaliyah and TLC, and the Spice Girls were huge. I always got stuck being Sporty, which was dope and all, but Baby had the best style, she was the cutest and she always had candy! It’s like my dream.”
In case you haven’t gotten the vibe yet, Alana is super LA – not in the “my-handbag-weighs-more-than-me” way, but in that ridiculously laidback, oh-so-cool sense that makes us want to be her friend more with every “like”, “dude” and “literally” that peppers her speech. What’s even cooler is the fact that fellow California Gurl Katy Perry is a massive fan.
“The Katy Perry tweet was INSANE,” says Alana. “I was like, ‘What. The. Fuck?’ Dianna Agron from
Glee has been super nice too, and Azealia Banks tweeted at us once, and I didn’t think it was real. Me
and Danielle [middle Haim] were in bed about to go to sleep, and then she was like, ‘Dude, Azealia Banks tweeted at us!’ and I was like, ‘Dude, that’s impossible, there’s no way she did.’ I love Azealia Banks, so I checked my Twitter feed, and she was like, ‘Haim are so cool!’ I literally peed my pants.”
You’d expect this level of awe from newcomers to the scene, but Haim are far from it, having spent their childhood performing in their parents’ cover band, Rockinhaim. “It’s so funny when we talk about it, because it started when I was four years old, and when I look back I realise it’s not a regular four-year-old activity,” laughs Alana. “We just thought that everyone did it!
“Then when we got older some people were like, ‘Wow, that’s so awesome, you’re playing with your family, that’s so cool that your parents play music’ and others were like, ‘that is like, so dorky, you play with your parents. You guys are like the Partridge family!’ But I always loved it. My dad instilled a really strong work ethic in us, so I definitely missed a lot of sleepovers, but in the end it was more than worth it.”
Indeed it was. Voted the BBC’s Sound of 2013, the Haim girls release their debut album this year – a record that’s been a long time coming. “We decided to break off [from their parents] when I was a sophomore in high school, Danielle had just graduated high school and Este had just started college,” begins Alana. “We wrote like one song to try; it was a really bad song, but it was there, and we just kept trying until we wrote a song that we actually really liked. Once we had four or five songs we played our first show, on the seventh of the seventh ’07, because seven is our lucky number.
“By playing shows we made friends with other bands and people would always ask us, ‘Where’s your record? What do you have out?’ and we were like, ‘Shit, we should record.’ So we recorded and we had absolutely no idea what we were doing, and every time we recorded we would get the mix back and it would just be like, so unbelievably flat, and nothing like what we wanted to sound like. We literally made like five EPs before Forever came out; they’re buried in the Haim vaults. Maybe when we’re like eighty and have arthritis, and can’t play music anymore, those will be the Haim B-side records.”
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On the subject of the future, Haim have quite the 2013 lined up. “Well our record’s going to come out, I’m so excited for that, and I hope everyone likes it,” says Alana. “So far everyone’s liked what we’ve put out and it’s the best fucking feeling… it makes us want to keep going forever. It’s so nice just to tour and see people singing Don’t Save Me back at us; we’re so emotional on stage now because of that, we keep crying on stage and people are like freaked out!”
So will Scotland be getting another visit from the ladies on the next tour? “Of course, of course,” laughs Alana at my insistence. “We could never skip over the UK, and I think the Glasgow accent is maybe my favourite.” Baby Haim, we love you.
Taken from the February Issue of Scotcampus. Haim’s debut album is released in Spring 2013 and their single Falling is available now.