Haim is a Los Angeles-based pop-rock band formed of sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim. The sisters are all multi-instrumentalists, with Este primarily focussing on bass guitar and vocals in the band, Danielle on lead vocals, guitar, and drums, and Alana on guitar, keyboard, and vocals.
The sisters began learning instruments from a young age and performed with their parents in the cover band Rockinhaim. In 2005, Danielle and Este began performing with pop-rock group The Valli Girls, recording a few one-off songs, one of which appeared on the soundtrack to the film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and another of which appeared on the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards soundtrack.
2007-2012: Beginnings and Danielle’s guest appearances
Haim played their first-ever show at Canter’s Deli in L.A. in 2007. Over the following five years, they performed together sporadically but did not consider it something that they were doing professionally.
Whilst playing at a jam session in Laurel Canyon one day, Danielle Haim was spotted by singer and songwriter Jenny Lewis, who invited her to join her touring band. From there, she was noticed by The Strokes’ lead singer Julian Casablancas, who invited her to play guitar and percussion on his solo tour. She worked with Casablancas from late-2009 to mid-2010, before auditioning to join CeeLo Green’s all-female backing band Scarlet Fever, although she only performed with the band once on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Ultimately, she turned down a lucrative deal from Green in order to concentrate on Haim.
2012-2013: Forever and commercial success
In early-2012, the band played support slots for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Henry Clay People, and Kesha. That February, they released Forever, a three-track EP, and at the launch they introduced Dash Hutton as their drummer. The EP drew attention from several record labels and in June, they signed a deal with Polydor Records in the UK. In August, the band Mumford & Sons on their Gentlemen of the Road tour in the US. They followed with some headline concerts in the UK in November and then in December supported Florence and the Machine on their UK and Ireland tour.
"Forever" was made NME’s number four-track of 2012 and in January 2013, Haim were announced as topping the BBC’s annual Sound of 2013 music industry poll. That April, they were featured on the song "Red Eye" from Kid Cudi’s album Indicud. Also that month, Danielle Haim featured alongside Santigold, Vybz Kartel, and Yasmin on Major Lazer’s track "You're No Good" from Free the Universe.
2013-2014: Days Are Gone
In June 2013, Haim performed at Glastonbury Festival, both playing their own set and appearing with Primal Scream performing background vocals on "It's Alright, It's OK", "Rocks", and "Come Together".
"The Wire" was released in June 2013 and peaked at number 25 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. It also peaked at number 16 on the UK singles chart and went platinum in Australia, as well as ranking at number 6 on Pitchfork Top 100 Tracks of 2013 list, number 11 in radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown of 2013, and number 16 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Best Songs of 2013 list.
Days Are Gone, their debut studio album, was released on September 27, 2013. The album peaked at number one on the UK Albums chart and number six on the Billboard 200, as well as reaching number two in Australia and number seven in Canada. The album reached number two on both the Billboard Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts. It launched six hit singles: "Forever", "Don't Save Me", "Falling", "The Wire", "If I Could Change Your Mind", and "My Song 5". Pitchfork named Days Are Gone as one of "The 100 Best Albums of the Decade So Far" in August 2014.
Throughout the remainder of 2013, the band toured Europe, adding touring keyboardist Tommy King to the group. They also performed on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest on November 23, 2013.
In April and May 2014, the band embarked on a headline US tour. They performed backing vocals for supergroup The New Basement Tapes on the tracks "Kansas City" and "The Whistle Is Blowing" from the album Lost in the River, released in November 2014.
2014-2018: Touring and Something to Tell You
The band won the Best International Band Award at the NME awards in 2014. In October, they recorded a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" with Stevie Nicks. The released songs on the original soundtrack of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and also featured as vocalists on the track "Pray to God" from Calvin Harris' fourth studio album Motion.
In February 2015, Haim were nominated for Best New Artist at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. That summer, they opened for Taylor Swift at select dates on The 1989 World Tour.
On May 3, 2017, the band released "Want You Back" as the lead single from their second studio album, Something to Tell You. The single reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart. The album was released on July 7, 2017, and reached number seven on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts. It also reached the top five in the UK and Australia. To promote the album, they appeared again on Saturday Night Live, performing "Want You Back" and "Little of Your Love".
From April through June 2018, the band embarked on their Sister Sister Sister Tour, which covered the US, UK, and Europe.
2018-present: Women in Music, Pt. III
In July 2019, Haim released the song "Summer Girl," followed by the single "Now I'm in It" on October 30, and "Hallelujah", on November 18.
"The Steps," the promotional single for the band’s third studio album, was released on March 3, 2020. The song was noted by several critics as one of the best songs of 2020 and was nominated for Best Rock Performance at the 63rd Grammy Awards. The album, Women in Music Pt. III, was released on June 26, 2020. It hit number one on the UK Albums chart and the Billboard Top Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. It also reached number 13 on the Billboard 200. The album received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2021, making Haim the first all-female rock band to be nominated in that category.
In summer 2020, the band embarked on the One More Haim Tour in the UK.
The band were featured on the track "No Body, No Crime" from Taylor Swift's ninth studio album Evermore, reaching number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Hot Country Songs chart.
On February 18, 2021, HAIM released a remix of their song “Gasoline,” featuring Taylor Swift, along with an expanded version of Women In Music Pt. III, which also included a remix of "3 AM" featuring Thundercat.