Big year beckons for the sisters of HAIM

Undated Handout Photo of HAIM. See PA Feature MUSIC HAIM. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC HAIM.

Undated Handout Photo of HAIM. See PA Feature MUSIC HAIM. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MUSIC HAIM.

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For all the time HAIM spent in the UK at the start of their career, you might be forgiven for thinking the three sisters were actually British.

Of course, once you hear them talk you realise they’re Los Angeles through and through.

Their adventures on British soil started in May 2012 when they performed at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival. It was the first time Este, 27, Danielle, 24, and Alana, 21, had played outside California, and almost as soon as the final chord of their set had been struck they were being hailed as The Next Big Thing.

Their first release, the ‘Forever’ EP, hinted at an impossibly bright future for the trio who used to drive around LA listening to a mix of their parents’ Fleetwood Mac and Motown records and California’s finest AOR and pop radio stations.

In a way, they seemed almost too good to be true. Their own songs, somehow new and classic at the same time, the fact they’re sisters, their good looks and attitude were the obvious draws.

Before 2012 was out, they’d toured Britain three or four times, did so again earlier this year - and are about to head out on the road once again. There are bigger shows booked for March 2014, most of which are already sold out.

They’re currently supporting French band Phoenix on their European tour, something Alana, a die-hard fan, can’t quite get over.

“I grew up listening to Phoenix, and now I’ve been hanging out with them and watch them every night from the side of the stage, which is kind of crazy,” she says.

As is often the case, bands break in the UK first and watchful eyes in America take note. As soon as HAIM had scored a Top 20 single over here, not to mention clinched the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll, they were back home, doing very similar things in the US.

Their debut album, ‘Days Are Gone’, came out in September. Initially it was intended to be released sooner, but due to the band’s self-imposed standards - Danielle’s rumoured to be especially particular - it wasn’t ready.

Eventually, almost 18 months after their first single - an eternity as new bands and modern schedules go - the album arrived. It duly went to No 1, selling just under 50,000 copies in its first week and beating Justin Timberlake to the top spot.

“This whole year or so has felt like a highlight,” says Alana, “but playing Glastonbury sticks out as the real ‘pinch me’ moment. I’d always dreamed of playing there, and we performed on three different stages, one of which was with Primal Scream on the Pyramid Stage.

“I mean, are you kidding me? It feels like I’m lying when I tell people.”