Sister trio and NME cover stars pick up coveted title
The Californian sister trio and current NME cover stars – Danielle, Alana, and Este – spent the latter part of 2012 touring with Mumford and Sons in the US and more recently supported Florence And The Machine on her UK tour.
The annual poll sees UK radio DJs, critics and bloggers vote on which new acts they think will be successful in the coming 12 months. This year, 213 tastemakers – including several NME staff – voted in the poll.
In a statement, the band said of their win: “We are so unbelievably honoured to win the BBC Sound of 2013 list. We have found our second home in the UK! We can’t wait to release new music and play as many shows as possible this year. Thank you to everyone who voted for us. We are so excited!”
Speaking to the BBC, Matt Wilkinson, NME’s New Bands Editor said: “After years of boring indie bands who seem to almost be embarrassed to be featured on mainstream radio or in magazines like NME, Haim are a shining light. Not only do they write brilliant songs, but they also want to be a really big deal.
“We knew this when we first profiled them last April; the fact they are now getting wider recognition is no real surprise – they have a knack for writing amazingly catchy singles, they’re a killer live band and they talk-the-talk miles better than most other new bands. It’s a rare and exciting combination.”
A longlist of the top 15 artists for BBC Sound of 2013 was published in December and the top five acts have been revealed each day this week.
R&B/electronica duo Alunageorge from London were runners up, followed by New York rapper Angel Haze at No 3. Soul singer Laura Mvula from Birmingham took the No 4 spot, with Glasgow three-piece CHVRCHES at No.5.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens said: “Haim have an unapologetic passion for music that shines in their songs. They’re brilliant musicians who have a real talent for tunes that merge their tales of growing up in the 21st Century with classic song writing ability. They have an undeniable, contagious enthusiasm that will win them many more fans in 2013.”
Este from the band added: “It’s the craziest thing to think we’re on a list with so many amazing artists. This year the five bands that were in the list were all female fronted. Am I right? I think it’s amazing. Obviously we’re all about the ladies. We love female vocalists and female musicians. It’s kind of cool.”