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ARTICLE PATRIK SANDBERG

PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS SERRAO

STYLIST MARYAM MALAKPOUR

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Makeup Sabrina Bedrani for NARS Cosmetics (TraceyMattingly.com)  Hair Candice Birns (Nest Artists)  Manicure Jolene Brodeur  Digital technician Damon Loble  Photo assistants Ron Loepp, Amy Mauth, Robin Harper  Fashion assistants Catlin Myers and Manuel Parra  Key grip Roger Pittard  Makeup assistant Carissa Ferreri  Hair assistant Lara Cilento  Manicure assistant Kate Mosher  Production Barton Bronstein and Jennifer Hook  Retouching Portus Imaging  Locations Pier 59 Studios West, Los Angeles, and Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles

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PHOTOGRAPHY CARLOS SERRAO
FASHION MARYAM MALAKPOUR
TEXT PATRIK SANDBERG

WITH A CATCHY AND CAVERNOUS NEW SOUND, L.A.'S COOLEST SIBLINGS BRACE FOR THE BIG TIME

“Pretty much our whole lives we’ve been in a band together,” says Alana Haim, one of three sisters who form the eponymous band. “By the time I was five we were playing gigs with our parents at charity events and street fairs, and we kept playing until Haim emerged, in 2007.” 

We knew we had to write our own songs, because before we were always playing covers with our parents,” adds Danielle. “We realized we couldn’t get gigs without recording songs, so we made some rough demos and put them on our Myspace and opened for whatever bands we could around L.A. It’s been a natural progression.”

Their sound is pure, sun-streaked FM gold, recalling the resonant California rock of Fleetwood Mac, but with a nod to R&B and funk. “We grew up listening to everything on oldies radio in the car,” eldest sister Este explains. “Disco, Motown, funk. We really love Chaka Khan. The fact that she’s a female musician who played instruments is really inspiring.”

Este’s adoration of Chaka wound up introducing her to one of her now best friends. “I met Ke$ha the week she moved to L.A., in 2005 or 2006. We had some mutual friends and we were all front-row when Chaka was playing. I have never met another person who knew the words to every Chaka Khan song,” she says. “I turned to her and said, ‘Are we friends now?’ It was like a scene from Step Brothers. When she broke, it was amazing to watch that happen. We’re just fans.”

Now it may be Ke$ha’s turn to watch it happen to Haim. The band hit a high note when they posted their Forever EP for free on the web, in the summer of 2012, which led to a steady buzz, BBC airplay, and gigs opening for Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine—not to mention what they consider the holy grail: headlining live gigs of their own. “The most surreal thing that’s happened this year is getting to play live,” they say. “We’re just happy people show up.” 

EXTRA CREDITS

Makeup Sabrina Bedrani for NARS Cosmetics (TraceyMattingly.com)  Hair Candice Birns (Nest Artists)  Manicure Jolene Brodeur  Digital technician Damon Loble  Photo assistants Ron Loepp, Amy Mauth, Robin Harper  Fashion assistants Catlin Myers and Manuel Parra  Key grip Roger Pittard  Makeup assistant Carissa Ferreri  Hair assistant Lara Cilento  Manicure assistant Kate Mosher  Production Barton Bronstein and Jennifer Hook  Retouching Portus Imaging  Locations Pier 59 Studios West, Los Angeles, and Smashbox Studios, Los Angeles

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