Breakout band HAIM released their highly anticipated debut album, Days Are Gone, on September 30 via Columbia Records. Recorded mostly in HAIM’s native Los Angeles, the album sees sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim working alongside acclaimed producers Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend) and James Ford (Florence and the Machine, Arctic Monkeys). Days Are Gone will feature crowd favorites “Falling,” “Forever,” and “Don’t Save Me” as well as brand new tracks that have yet to air live, including title track “Days Are Gone,” which was co-written with Kid Harpoon and Jessie Ware (see below for full track listing).
“The Wire,” the first single from Days Are Gone, is available now on iTunes. Already a live favorite, FADER observes, “the track’s final studio incarnation wisely emphasizes what HAIM does so well live, with ‘We Will Rock You’-styled drums, shades of guitar theatrics and a triumphant, everybody-together-now vocal medley.” MTV Buzzworthy has proclaimed the infectious track a “monster of a song: huge, hooky and ready to wreck major cities and/or pop charts,” and Pitchfork concludes that HAIM are “making some of the best power-pop out there right now.” A music video for “The Wire” will be released shortly.
The Southern California trio has attracted a surge of industry attention since releasing their EPs Forever, Don’t Save Me and Falling. The band has also been prominently featured in Rolling Stone‘s esteemed Best of Rock issue and Elle‘s Women In Music issue, as well as recognized as “Faces to Watch 2013″ by The Los Angeles Times, “20 Bands To Watch Out For” by Complex and “15 New Stars We Love” by Entertainment Weekly. In the UK, HAIM have impressively become the first female American act to ever win the BBC’s Sound of 2013, an annual poll of industry leaders to identify the most promising new music talent. This award has been a reliable indicator of success in recent years, with Ellie Goulding and Jessie J being named the winners in the past.
HAIM’s electrifying live performances, including sold-out headlining shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and New York’s Music Hall of Williamsburg in addition to festival appearances at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Governor’s Ball, have made waves on both sides of the Atlantic. Fader has declared that HAIM’s “practiced live show easily rivals any of their peers,” and it is no wonder that HAIM have been asked to support the likes of Phoenix, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons and Vampire Weekend on tour.
Time Out New York predicted “it’s safe to say that 2013 is going to be a good year for HAIM,” but with the release of their debut album, HAIM are only just getting started.