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Haim are three sisters, Este Ariell, Danielle Sari and Alana Mychal. They were born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California. Their father Mordechai (“Moti”) was born in Israel and is of Bulgarian Jewish descent, while their mother Donna is of Polish descent. Both have been musicians; though he had been a professional soccer player in Israel, Moti also played drums, while Donna won a contest on The Gong Show in the 1970s singing a Bonnie Raitt song.

Haim is a name of Hebrew origin which means “life”. Its first usage can be traced to the Middle Ages 🙂

While Danielle showed an aptitude for the guitar at a young age, Moti made the decision that Este would be more suited to the bass, buying her a second hand Fender for $50. The siblings were encouraged to listen to their parents’ 1970s classic rock and Americana records and, during their childhood, the family formed a band called Rockinhaim to play cover versions at local charity fairs, with Moti on drums and Donna on guitar.The group played typical wedding band material, including the Beatles’ “Get Back”, Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right” and Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”, but only did free community and benefit gigs at churches, schools and hospitals.

After graduating from high school, Danielle was spotted by musician Jenny Lewis at a jam session in Laurel Canyon, which led to Danielle joining Lewis’ touring band. The Strokes’ singer Julian Casablancas came to see one of Lewis’s shows on tour, and he in turn asked Danielle to play guitar and percussion on his own solo tour. Danielle rehearsed with Casablancas’ band every day for two months, which she later described as “an eye-opening experience”. Following working with Casablancas, she toured as part of Scarlet Fever, the all-female backing band for CeeLo Green.

While Danielle enjoyed touring, she decided she would prefer to perform her own music alongside her sisters, turning down a lucrative tour deal with Green. Casablancas advised Danielle to write stronger material and focus on recording, as it would improve their online presence.

So in 2011, Haim were born, again, so to speak.

So after a few years away, the ladies are working on a new record and have shared this short tease;

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