- 21 July 2014
In about 2012, I first came across a band named Haim (pronounced Hi-um) doing a pretty good cover of a Fleetwood Mac song (Hold Me), in an otherwise lack lustre collection of Fleetwood Mac covers, the Just Tell Me That You Want Me CD.
There wasn't much online about the group then, so I soon forgot about them. A year or so later, many friends were telling me that I would love Haim - most notably because they were always compared to my favourite band of all time, Fleetwood Mac. In most cases, this is never a good thing and usually a let down. I brushed these suggestions aside for awhile.
I arrived back home to Brisbane in late 2013 after my latest 5-month adventures to SE Asia and North America. I made a pact with myself that I would only travel if someone paid for it. This has been really great to tick a hell of a lot of things from my to-do list, and it's helped me immerse myself in some newish music that I've missed the past 5 years.
I finally listened to the girls from Haim and was instantly obsessed. I love 1970s Southern Californian sounds - in particular Buckingham Nicks and when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac. But the sound from this era also included such greats as The Eagles, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, America, Journey, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. Haim remind me so much of this era of wonderful music.
I've been really into percussive music lately - and I always love any melodic music. The Haim sisters are from the San Fernando Valley in California, and were in a band with their parents when the were younger. They write their own music and play many instruments. I listen to these ladies just about everyday and I'm really excited to hopefully see them perform live one day soon.
If you've never heard of them, here's some of their music videos for you to enjoy. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Don't Save Me:
One of my favourite songs, Falling - second best music video of theirs:
This video isn't the best, but the music is wonderful - The Wire:
Released early this year, this music video is THE best visual of the band - LOVE the video and song, If I Could Change Your Mind:
And this is a wonderful live cover of Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well: