L.A. Unheard: Haim's family affair
The band: Haim, a Los Angeles sister trio (and drummer Dash Hutton) that's turning heads in the fashion world.
The sound: On the band's free, three-track "Forever" EP, the Haim sisters -- Este, Danielle and Alana -- offer husky, staccato harmonies and a bristling, minimalist sound crafted since childhood jam sessions with their musician parents. The guitar stabs of "Better Off" nod to Feist's grittier moments, while the title track embraces the finely aged cheese of '80s R&B. "Go Slow," with its water-logged guitars and front-of-the-mix percussion, splits the difference with a twinkling groove. "I think we still have the structure of old-school rock,” Alana told Vogue. “But the R&B adds the spice.”
The random: Beyond the glossy likes of Vogue, Elle and Nylon, the stylish band appears to have found a fan in Ryan Adams, who, per the alt-country musician's Twitter feed, has been having the trio over to his Pax Am studio to jam.
The details: Haim plays its first local date since a successful South by Southwest festival run tonight at the Echoplex along with Wildcat! Wildcat! and Ko Ko. The show, free with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, marks the launch of Neon Gold and Hit City USA's Popshop West club night.
The music: Stream "Forever" below and download it at Haim's website.
-- David Greenwald
Photo: L.A. rockers Haim, a sister act that grew up playing music with their parents. Credit: Big Hassle