HAIM Were Invited To Work With U2, Rejected By Amy Schumer Movie Soundtrack

Laura Coulson


Haim are releasing a new song, “Want You Back,” later today (May 3) — the first “official” single from their album after the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed studio video for “Right Now” — and they talk a little bit about their forthcoming sophomore album, Something To Tell You, in a new Rolling Stone profile. It was produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and features contributions from Dev Hynes and Rostam Batamanglij.

It has a song called “Night So Long” on it. They tried to avoid what they call “studio f--kery,” but the album still features “weird, processed vocals; beats that mix electronic and acoustic; and other sonic doodads that Rechtshaid describes, self-deprecatingly, as “production bullshit’,” per Rolling Stone.

They also discuss their rise in fame following the release of their debut album, and some of the cool things it allowed them to do. For example: U2 invited them to their studio in Malibu last year to “toss around ideas” for some music, which resulted in this precious picture:

And they were also asked to write an original song for the Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck, which ended up not being used:

Their breakthrough was what Danielle refers to as “a homework assignment. We got a call to write a song for Trainwreck – the Amy Schumer movie – “and we were like, ‘Let’s see if we can do it.'”

“Suddenly, there wasn’t this daunting, abstract, second-record weight hanging over us,” Alana recalls. “It was, ‘You have a week.'” They came up with a bright, bouncy jam called "Little of Your Love," and even though the Trainwreck people didn’t go for it, Haim were stoked all the same. “We got back to just ‘write how you’re feeling,'” Alana says. “After that, we wrote hundreds of songs. It was like vomit.”

They played that rejected song at a show last year:

HAIM’s new song debuts on BBC Radio 1 at 2:30 p.m. EST today. Something To Tell You is out 7/7.

This article originally appeared on Stereogum.


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