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Haim Getting Squeamish About All These Fleetwood Mac Comparisons


I don’t really get the success of this Haim band, I saw the three sisters several times when they were still unknown and thought they were okay, had a good energy but would I have predicted the incredible success they are enjoying right now — especially overseas? No! Would I have guessed they would be BBC most promising new musical act? They would sign with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management group? They would be among Fuse TV’s must-see artists at SXSW? They would do the BBC Andrew Marr Show and rub elbows with British Prime Minister David Cameron? they would get a NME Award for best international band and be musical guest on Saturday Night Live? No to all that! That’s quite a journey for the trio of siblings that I first saw playing local street festivals and having a gig on the Santa Monica pier.

I hardly get it but the girls are now all over the press, doing interviews with Marie Claire, embracing the fashion world, and declaring getting ‘squeamish’ when compared with the legendary Fleetwood Mac: ‘If I read ‘Check out this band; they sound like both Fleetwood Mac and Beyoncé,’ I’d be like, What?! I get squeamish when people say that. Fleetwood Mac is one of the greatest bands out there! Let’s start a little smaller, you know?’ said Danielle Haim.

They have been compared to Fleetwood Mac a lot, and there is something a bit dangerous to be compared to such a band indeed, but there is also something quite contradictory between this declaration and the present way they conduct their career: these girls were looking for the big thing from the beginning and did regularly cover Miley Cyrus or… Fleetwood Mac. So isn’t it a bit hypocrite for them to get ‘squeamish’ when they are compared to the fab band, because they asked very hard for it! May be they shouldn’t worry too much about these flattering comparisons because who knows if we will even be talking about Haim five years from now.

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