Battling off jetlag with copious amounts of coffee and lounging across a sofa, Haim are back. Having finished and turned in second album ‘Something To Tell You’ just last night before catching a flight to London, amid the understandable tiredness, they may have just dropped the biggest clanging statement of this year so far. “We’re now robots,” deadpans Este, leaning towards the dictaphone to give her words further gravitas. “This,” adds Alana, indicating towards her bandmates, “doesn’t exist.” Danielle nods sternly in agreement.
To be honest, you wouldn’t really blame Haim for employing robotic stunt doubles to fill in for them every now and again; in the years that have followed the release of debut album ‘Days Are Gone’, the sisters have developed a magical ability to be in at least four places at once. Splashed across tabloids on their holidays with Taylor Swift, performing with the late legend Prince (as you do), palling up with their idol Stevie Nicks, sprinting across festivals around the world, and working on their second album – practically all at once – is the kind of schedule that could feasibly inspire such a move. Apparently, though, their newfound android form is actually all thanks to Beyoncé. It all began when the sisters Haim found themselves at the BRITs, along with a huge ice bucket packed full of booze, dancing along to ‘XO’, the routine fully memorised. After her performance, Queen Bey herself nodded at the band, and mouthed “thank you”. As you’d perhaps expect, they could barely cope.
“When she pointed at me… I just burst into tears,” Alana says. “They shot out! It wasn’t even tears, it was projectile crying, flying out of my eyes. And now I don’t exist,” she laughs. “I melted into a Beyoncé puddle. A puddle of lemonade.”
As featured in the July 2017 issue of DIY, out now.