Haim: 'Don't Call Us a Girlband'

Alana Haim says the description is "medieval."

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Haim have said they don't like being described as a girlband, stating that it's insulting and a "medieval" description because the trio play their own instruments.

As NME notes, the band also stated that none of them became drummers because their father didn't want to transport a drum kit when he was their roadie.

Asked whether Haim consider themselves to be a girlband, Alana Haim told the Sunday Telegraph: "Growing up, there were a lot of girl artists like the Spice Girls, Aaliyah and Destiny's Child, but none of them really played instruments. I'd always look up to Stevie Nicks and Blondie - dope female musicians. So I just see us as a band. When people call us a girlband, I take it as an insult. Being a girl in a band shouldn't be a thing. I see it as so medieval."

The band use Dash Hutton as their touring drummer, and Danielle Haim stated that their decision on which instruments to play was largely thanks to their father Mordechai, who was a drummer in the Israeli army before beoming an estate agent. "Dad was adamant he didn't want us to become drummers," said Danielle. "He didn't want to have to lug our sh-t everywhere."

The trio play at T in the Park and Latitude festivals this summer, as well as supporting Kings of Leon at Newcastle St James' Park on May 31 and Milton Keynes Bowl on June 22.

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    "we play instruments" yeah one of the backstreet boys played a guitar doesn't mean they're not a boyband don't use that claptrap about girlband being a medieval term boybands don't mind being called boybands so get over it
    It's fine to call them a girlband as long as you refer to all male bands as boybands. Slayer is my fave boyband <3 Kerry is so cute
    there's a difference between a girlband and girls in a band girlband = spice girls, destiny's child, etcetc but then take bands like sleater kinny, halestorm gallhammer those are bands comprised of girls but reffered to as bands
    Maybe we can just stop using the connotations entirely, and not identify bands based on gender. It's 2014 and you have niche shit like post-modern-trap-tribal-EDM-punk-revival but you can't accept that a band consisting of girls doesn't want to be called a girlband? Grow the **** up. You know who know how I know they're not a girlband? Because they said they weren't a ****ing girlband.
    What would Band of Horses be?
    Well, they have released four studio albums and recently a live album so ... I guess they are a stable band. But hay, that's just my opinion!
    I dislike Haim to a high degree. Overrated band, and a bad attempt at trying to be a female version of Vampire Weekend. Plus they make us from the San Fernando Valley look bad >
    They're honestly nothing like Vampire Weekend, besides the fact that they both play pop. Totally different sounds and influences... Where did you come up with that?
    Shit like this just makes me think people go out of their way to find something to be offended by and complain about. Who the hell cares?
    oh, but being a girl is a thing, not for you, but for your audience, because there are a metric tons of sexually retarded people out there who think the female member will have sex with them if they like one of their videos on youtube, hence some of the most unjustifiable popularity of a lot of bands (nervosa, anyone?)