Haim, a pop-rock trio of sisters, has recently released their debut album, Days Are Gone, and shows that they more that just a one-hit wonder band of siblings, much like Hanson. However, before they were the effortlessly cool Haim, Danielle and Este were two-fifths of tween-pop band, Valli Girls, most likely remembered for the theme song of the short-lived animated series, “Trollz.” Not wanting to perform songs they did not write, the sisters left the Valli Girls in 2005. Growing up in a family band, Rockinhaim, the two sisters were joined by the youngest, Alana, and the trio soon branched out to become the band they are today.
The sisters, Alana Haim (rhythm guitar, keyboards and percussion), Danielle Haim (guitar and vocals), and Este Haim (bass) are heavily influenced by 70’s rock, especially Fleetwood Mac. Throughout Days Are Gone, there are hints of these influences as well as hints of R&B stylings. Gaining commercial success with their first EP, Forever, Haim signed to Polydor Records in June of 2012.
The vocal harmonies on this album are strong and that the sisters can blend R&B and soft rock in an interesting way. Danielle’s vocal delivery remains consistently staccato and gives the album a unique twist. Combined with R&B beats, there are times in Days Are Gone that the vocals give them the sound of 90’s girl groups, such TLC, especially in the title track, “Days Are Gone” and “My Song 5.” Lyrically, there is not something to closely research into, but, Haim does provide fun lyrics throughout. They do provide a breakup anthem, “The Wire,” which shows, both vocally and instrumentally, that Haim has written one of the kindest breakup songs ever written, with lyrics such as, “I know it’s hard to hear me say it, but I can’t bear to stay and I just know that you’re gonna be OK anyway.”
The instrumentation on this album blends well with Haim’s obvious influences in 70’s rock, R&B and pop rock. Even with these obvious influences, there is something about distinct about Haim that sets them apart from these influences and shows that they take these influences and create their own sound. Their light-hearted melodies seem to come naturally to this trio and contrasts nicely with the lyrics. The percussion and bass across this album are something entirely on their own, as they are not hidden behind the vocals or guitar but rather, they are given their own, well-deserved, spotlight. Making music their entire lives, it is understable why Days Are Gone sounds the way it is.
Whether it is the infamous “bass face” of Este or having their parents join them on stage, Haim proves that they are amiable musicians as well as great musicians. Also, the trio shows that siblings can be musicians together and display good musicianship.