HAIM's debut album, Days Are Gone, was released last month to widespread critical acclaim, and the three sisters and their drummer are on their way up in the music world. But in an interview with The Fader, older sisters Danielle and Este revealed that they had a secret past in the music business.
The girls joined teenage girl pop-punk group Valli Girls in 2004, seeking a musical experience that didn't involve their parents (they had been discovered while playing in Rockinhaim, their band with their parents). Younger sister Alana was not able to join because she was only 12 at the time. Even though all the songs were written and recorded already, Danielle and Este, on guitar and bass respectively, did appear in a few of the bands' videos, and they are truly something to behold.
"Born to Lead" is a song about female empowerment. Or something. It's a pretty cheesy teenage song, and there's a keytar, which hasn't really been acceptable since the 1980s.
But the gem of the collection is definitely "It's a Hair Thing," which was the theme song for the cartoon series, Trollz. It's about magic, hair, makeup, and shopping. It's like Robin Sparkles of How I Met Your Mother fame really happened, and it's just as good.
Danielle and Este got out of Valli Girls after their performance at the 2005 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, and now, with younger sister Alana, are indie-pop queens. They've come a long way.
HAIM may have had a ridiculous beginning, but they are doing just fine on their own now. Besides, it's no worse than Dr. Dre's early career.