The Los Angeles sisters have become known for their struts. But which video best shows off their walking skills? Continue reading on The Ringer
I used to think that I was good at walking. I take my two dogs on a 45-minute walk every day. When I go to work, I walk about a mile and a half instead of driving. I even covered the 2016 Olympic racewalking finals, making me a certified Walking Journalist. After all, I’m a New Yorker. We walk everywhere!
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the world’s greatest walkers are actually from Los Angeles—specifically, the people who make music that sounds like Los Angeles. I’m talking about Haim, the trio whose trademark music videos feature them simply walking around the city. The Haim sisters used to do a lot more in their videos —in early ones, they rode motorcycles, schooled some hunks in 3-on-3 hoops, and made Jorma Taccone weep explosively. And to this day, their music videos sometimes show them playing their various instruments and/or dancing. But somewhere along the line, they realized the best visual accompaniment for their ethereal jams is nothing more than footage of them walking to the beat, shoulder-to-shoulder, in the direction of a retreating Steadicam. Their most recent video, for “Don’t Wanna,” features them racing each other around the Great Western Forum parking lot:
Since discovering Haim’s superior walking skills, I’ve been listening to their new album, Women in Music Pt. III, on my bootleg AirPods while walking my dogs around L.A. in hopes of gaining some of their walking prowess, but it’s hopeless. The three of us have nowhere near the coordination, focus, or general walking talent to match Haim. Would Danielle doink her head on a tree branch trying to look at her phone and walk at the same time? Would Este get indecisive about whether to step off the curb to maintain social distancing with a jogger approaching? Would Alana hold the group up by spontaneously deciding she needed to loudly bark at a passing Shiba Inu? Of course not. When the Haim sisters walk, they are an unstoppable force, and everything else is a movable object. They walk, and the rest of the world parts before them. Haim is not a Marching Band, but they’re a marching band.