One of the best sets I saw over the weekend at Lollapalooza was the band HAIM, who I've written a bunch about previously on this site (although this was my first chance seeing them live). Now we've got some news on their anticipated debut album, see the press release below along with some upcoming tour dates....
HAIM TO RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DEBUT ON
SEPTEMBER 30 VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW ON ITUNES
First Single 'The Wire' Available Now On iTunes
(Columbia Records; New York, NY; August 5, 2013) - Breakout band HAIM will release their highly anticipated debut album, Days Are Gone, on September 30 via Columbia Records. , available today for pre-order on iTunes (iTunes.com/HAIM). 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. Fans who pre-order the album on iTunes will instantly receive a download of the track "The Wire" (iTunes.com/HAIM). 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. Later this month, HAIM will embark on a headlining North American tour with stops in New York, Boston and Los Angeles, among others (see below for full US tour dates).
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.
The full track listing for Days are Gone is as follows:
3. The Wire
4. If I Could Change Your Mind
5. Honey & I
6. Don't Save Me
7. Days Are Gone
8. My Song 5
9. Go Slow
10. Let Me Go
11. Running If You Call My Name
US Tour Dates:
8/31 Philadelphia, PA Made in America
9/1 Boston, MA Paradise
9/3 New York, NY Webster Hall
9/7 Guthrie, OK Ottonwood Flast *
10/4 Austin, TX Antone's
10/5 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
10/6 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
10/8 Dallas, TX Trees
10/10 Lawrence, KS The Granada
10/12 Austin, TX Austin City Limits
10/14 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
10/15 San Diego, CA Casbah
10/16 Los Angeles, CA Fonda
10/18 Pomona, CA The Glass House
10/20 San Francisco, CA Treasure Island
10/22 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
10/23 Seattle, WA Neumos
10/27 Las Vegas, NV Life is Beautiful
*Supporting Mumford and Sons