My new California crush. That’s how I have to describe indie rock sister act Haim. The LA-based group is made up of sisters Esta, Danielle and Alana, all in their 20s, and is not related to my late ’80s California crush Corey Haim who would be in his 40s had he not sadly passed in 2010. But enough about that misguided childhood dream boat, and back to my current vessel of veneration.
I got into them thanks to my pal Marianne who also girl-crushes on the Haim sisters. They opened with “Better Off” and their brand-spanking new single, “The Wire.” At first they appeared as the thrice-coming of Alanis Morissette. Same hair, same head bang, same attitude but their songs are edgier, rockier and tougher. “Falling,” “Honey & I” and “Forever” are fine specimens of their sound. And I loved “Don’t Save Me,” but that sort of sounds like an Alanis song title, but I digress. I was really intrigued with their encore, “Let Me Go.” It showcased how well these girls gel as a group, jam as rockers and offered a taste of what’s to come. It’s a new song that will be on their first full-length LP due later this month. It’s official. I’m a haimster.
Here’s about everything they’ve released to date, including a delectably breezy cover of the Christine McVie penned single “Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac.