Scarlett Johansson and Este Haim’s band The Singles hit with cease-and-desist order

LA group say 'it's hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band'

Scarlett Johansson‘s new band with Haim‘s Este have been hit with legal trouble.

Last week, Johansson announced the band. Going by the name of The Singles, the group also consists of Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan. A press release described their sound as “super-pop”.

But now, a LA band of the same name have sent a cease-and-desist order to the group.

“I woke up one morning and learned from the news that our band name was literally just taken by someone else as their own,” frontman Vincent Frederick said. “It’s hard to believe that any musician would do something like that to another band. The Singles has been my life for the past 16 years. We have worked so incredibly hard to make it a success.”

The singer added: “Our band, The Singles, has an account on nearly all social media sites and our music is available in record shops, on iTunes, SoundCloud, and other websites. Just a simple search on Google would have revealed that ‘The Singles’ was already a band name being used by another pop/rock band – our band.”

Johansson released their first track ‘Candy’ via Federal Prism, the label of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek.

“The idea was to write super-pop dance music written and performed by girls,” Johansson writes. “I love Grimes. And I love the Bangles. And I love the Go-Go’s. I wanted it to be like those bands: ultra pop but also a little ironic, a little in on the joke.”

It isn’t Scarlett Johansson’s first foray into music: in 2008, she released Tom Waits tribute album ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’, following it with Pete Yorn collaboration ‘Break Up’ in 2009.

Meanwhile, Haim have said that their new album is “shaping up”. Speaking at the Grammys earlier this month, the group discussed their forthcoming record as well as the inspirations behind it. “We try to write every day, it’s shaping up,” Danielle Haim said, while Este Haim added: “We gotta flex that songwriting muscle as much as possible, we’re keeping it creative. This [The Grammys] might inspire a song, who knows?”