You don't get more "quintessential L.A." than HAIM. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, the trio of sisters is comprised of 24-year-old Danielle Haim (lead vocalist and guitarist), 21-year-old Alana Haim (guitarist), and 26-year-old Este Haim (bassist). And by quintessential L.A., we don't mean the snobby, rich, and well-connected bunch of twentysomethings you see on Beverly Hills, 90210—though Este's close friends with Ke$ha and Danielle's toured with Julian Casablancas and Jenny Lewis, pre-HAIM. Rather, the girls are fun-loving, coolly self-deprecating, and refreshingly unfiltered. They speak with an eagerness that makes you feel like an old friend they haven't seen in awhile, despite meeting them over the phone not even two minutes ago. 

With an aesthetic reminiscent of Joan Baez-meets-early-Alanis-Morisette and a sound that recalls '80s pop and a Stevie Nicks blend of rock 'n' roll with a hint of '90s R&B, the group's like nothing else out there. And they have been since they were kids, when they got their musical start performing in a Partridge Family-style band, RockinHaim. Essentially, they're veterans, but the world is just starting to take notice.

After almost a decade's worth of hard work, they're now touring the world, alongside drummer Dash Hutton—they just completed a summer festival tour that took them from Sweden's T in the World to Philly's Made in America—and owning the competition with their infectious debut album, Days Are Gone. Case in point: they debuted at No. 1 on the UK charts, knocking Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2 out of the top spot.

So who are these girls who are not only dethroning pop kings, but getting the hip-hop world to take notice with co-signs from Roc Nation and Kid Cudi? Find out with Who is HAIM? 

As told to Tara Aquino (@t_akino)

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