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LA sisters in love with the UK

Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim of the band Haim performing in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/PA Photos.

Sisters Alana, Danielle and Este Haim of the band Haim performing in Los Angeles. Photo: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/PA Photos.

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.

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.

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.

“Finishing the year touring in Britain just makes so much sense, because it feels like we owe it all so far to you guys,” says Alana. “I love the UK so much. I’ve never ever wanted to leave LA before, but then I went to London and it’s the only other place I’ve ever been to that feels like home..”

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.

Eventuallythe album arrived. It duly went to No 1.

 

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