In about 2012, I first came across a band named Haim (pronounced Hi-um) doing a pretty good cover of a Fleetwood Mac song (Hold Me), in an otherwise lack lustre collection of Fleetwood Mac covers, the Just Tell Me That You Want Me CD.
There wasn't much online about the group then, so I soon forgot about them. A year or so later, many friends were telling me that I would love Haim - most notably because they were always compared to my favourite band of all time, Fleetwood Mac. In most cases, this is never a good thing and usually a let down. I brushed these suggestions aside for awhile.
I arrived back home to Brisbane in late 2013 after my latest 5-month adventures to SE Asia and North America. I made a pact with myself that I would only travel if someone paid for it. This has been really great to tick a hell of a lot of things from my to-do list, and it's helped me immerse myself in some newish music that I've missed the past 5 years.
I've been really into percussive music lately - and I always love any melodic music. The Haim sisters are from the San Fernando Valley in California, and were in a band with their parents when the were younger. They write their own music and play many instruments. I listen to these ladies just about everyday and I'm really excited to hopefully see them perform live one day soon.
If you've never heard of them, here's some of their music videos for you to enjoy. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Don't Save Me:
One of my favourite songs, Falling - second best music video of theirs:
This video isn't the best, but the music is wonderful - The Wire:
Released early this year, this music video is THE best visual of the band - LOVE the video and song, If I Could Change Your Mind:
And this is a wonderful live cover of Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac's Oh Well:
Can you feel the promise of adventure in these wheels? Can you imagine the exploring that will take place within this state? The open road, the sunsets galore, your atrocious music. But still I adore our road trips.
To celebrate the listing of my old music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud, I thought I'd share another one of my EPs (Extended Play). This one is a co-creation with one of my music partners, Doug de Jong. I met Doug when a guy I was dating was the drummer in his covers band. We've been creating music together for many years.
This is What Remains:
Doug and I recorded about 12 tracks in his home studio in 2009. 5 tracks made this EP, with the others meant to be on another EP - one day we'll get around to releasing that!
Music by Doug de Jong & Leigh-Chantelle Lyrics by Leigh-Chantelle All instruments performed by Doug de Jong Recorded, Produced and Mixed by Doug de Jong
When I was younger all I wanted to do was to be a rockstar. I've had a break from music for over 3 years now, I even sold my guitar and practice amp before I went overseas longterm. I've sung here and there but my focus has been on vegan and environmental education for quite awhile now.
Just recently I've been feeling inspired to create music again. I've uploaded my old releases onto Bandcamp and SoundCloud to acknowledge and appreciate where I've come from in my musical journey, and to make way for the future. Stay tuned for my new releases - maybe by the time the year is out!