This week’s NME cover stars are Haim, the LA trio who’ve taken over the world in the last couple of years. Here, we celebrate the life and career of the band in pictures. Este Haim was born on March 14, 1986, exactly nine months after parents Donna and Moti married. Danielle followed in 1989 and Alana was born in 1991.
Alana, Danielle and Este have said that their earliest memories are of learning musical instruments, and excellent fancy dress by the looks of things.
In the 1990s Haim form a band with their mum and dad called Rockenhaim. They play covers of Eagles songs.
In 2007 the threesome dump Rockenhaim dutues and become Haim, playing their first gig at the California Institute Of Abornmal Arts. Before they record their first EP, they release songs on Myspace, struggling in the studio until they meet Ludwig Goransson who produces the ‘Forever’ EP.
In Summer 2010 Este graduates from UCLA with a degree in Ethnomusicology, which she completes in two years instead of five. Danielle is touring Australia and Japan with Julian Casablancas (he spotted her onstage playing at a Jenny Lewis show). Alana is still in high school.
Haim’s dad curtailed their TV watching so they had time to draw on a plethora of musical influences from TLC to Spice Girls, Mozart to Limp Bizkit and Fleetwood Mac to Ravel.
Haim play SXSW for the first time. Alana: “At our first gig there were four people including a baby dancing in a tutu and two dudes. That’s who we played to. I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is going to be it. We’re playing to a baby!'” By the end of the festival they were playing to crowds in their hundreds.
Haim play their first UK gig at Dingwalls in Camden. They bring on their parents to perform ‘Mustang Sally’ as Rockenhaim for the encore.
Within the hour they were signed to Polydor.
Haim play The Great Escape in Brighton. We described them as “Like The Virgin Suicides if they hadn’t topped themselves.”
After ‘Forever’ makes it to Number Four in NME’s top tracks of 2012, they appear on the cover of the magazine with Palma Violets
Haim play the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2013. Este, who has diabetes, almost collapses.
“I almost died,” Este told NME later. “We were in the middle of a song and I’m diabetic and I didn’t eat before my set like a smart, good diabetic does, and I remember not being able to feel my arms, and I was like ‘This is not a normal feeling when I’m playing music’.”
Haim also join Primal Scream on the Pyramid Stage for the last three songs in their set.
Haim play T In The Park and live favourite ‘The Wire’ is released as a single.
The video for ‘The Wire’ is released and features Jorma Taccone, from US series Girls, who plays Danielle’s boyfriend.
The band’s sets at August’s Reading and Leeds festivals were one of the highlights of the whole weekend. NME readers voted them their favourite new band of festival season.
Haim’s debut album ‘Days Are Gone’ will be released on September 30, 2013.
Haim will tour with Phoenix in Europe in Autumn. We asked the French band to teach the Cali girls some local phrases while they were at Reading & Leeds. Watch here.
Haim get their first solo cover in NME. This photo was taken in Hamburg, one of the locations in which Eve Barlow interviewed the band.