What a difference a year makes. Haim, three sisters from Los Angeles and drummer Dash Hutton, appeared at last year’s SXSW, but this year they were definitely the new band to watch.
Este, Danielle and Alana Haim spent 15 years in a cover band with their parents before striking out on their own in different ways. Danielle and Este were part of an all-girl band called the Valli Girls and appeared on the soundtrack for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Danielle has also performed with Jenny Lewis, Julian Casablancas of the Strokes and in Cee Lo Green’s all-female back-up band.
Although the three sisters have been a band since 2005, they really stepped it up in 2012, releasing an EP and touring with heavyweights Mumford and Sons and Florence and the Machine.
Yesterday it was announced that Haim was one of three winners of the first annual Brent Grulke prize for developing US Act. The prize was given by SXSW to honor the festival’s long-time Creative Director who passed away on August 13, 2012.
If they’re good enough for SXSW to single out, they must be doing something right.