Este & Alana Haim Explain They’re “Not a Girl Band”

Bands like The Ramones and Kings of Leon have proved to the music industry that keeping it within the family can result in some amazing music. Our latest example is Haim, a Los Angeles native band made up of three sisters, Este, Danielle and Alana Haim.

The band began in 2006, but their first studio album Days Are Gone was released in 2013. They broke into the popular music scene with their hits like “The Wire” and “Forever” which were released in 2012.

Now they are back and 2/3 of Haim (FYI: it’s pronounced Hai-Um, not Hay-m), Este and Alana, stopped by the Fresh 102.7 studios to chat with Karen Carson and discuss their thoughts on being deemed a “girlband,” their New York experience, and the future of their already bright careers.

Being a band made up of three women in a genre dominated by men, their structure as a band is unique to the scene, prompting people to label them as a “girlband.” However, the girls do not see any purpose behind this label.

“I just think it’s a, it’s a label that it just, it just to me has always sounded weird cause you don’t call other bands like The Killers, or The Strokes, or Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, you don’t call them boybands,” said Alana. “I just think, were just a band, like we play music and just do what we do. You don’t need to put a gender label on it.”

Recently, the band sold out two shows at New York City’s Terminal 5. Throughout 2014, they are continuing to tour the world, performing at festivals and playing their own gigs in both the United States and Europe.

As if it couldn’t get any better, the band has also begun writing their second record while on tour, gaining inspiration from their journey and the places they have been.

“We just started kind of writing on tour, we have a little set up, starting to write record number two. Like, dipping our toes in there you know, not going straight in but it’s been rad writing on tour because we’ve never done it before,” Alana said.

Watch Haim’s official video for “Forever” below:

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–Joe Cingrana & Leah Cunningham/Fresh 102.7

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