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QuoteThe rest of your music video filmography is highlighted by your very unique collaborative relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson. How did your relationship start?Alana: It's a very long story, but I'll give you the CliffsNotes because I don't want to take 45 hours of your time. But what really fast-forwarded our relationship was that our friend Asa Taccone, who's in this band called Electric Guest, was at a party, and we don't get invited to parties, but that's a discussion for another time. But Asa was at a party and he was overhearing Paul talk about these three sisters from the Valley. And Paul loves the Valley as much as we do. I think that really just solidified our relationship. And Asa, who I've known since I was 16 was like, "Are you talking about Haim? Those are my girls." And he was like, "Yes! Haim. Give them my email." And Asa called us the next day and was like, "Yeah, hey, PTA wants me to give you his email. Can you email PTA?" And we're like, "What? What's happening here?" And I think it took us five days to muster up the courage. Half of our thought process was, "This is probably a hoax." And so we finally sent him an email. And then we started emailing each other. And then he invited us over for dinner and we met his whole family. Maya Rudolph is also the most incredible human being of all time.Este: She's my idol. She really is.Alana: And we became really close, but we never knew whether we were going to do something together. And then when we were putting Something to Tell You together, Paul visited us in the studio just to hang. He is such a lover of music. And he came and he was like, "Oh, we should film this." And we were like, "What?" And he was like, "This." So that's where Valentine came about. When we were shooting it we had no idea what it was going to be for, what it was going to become.What has been your experience working with him over these number of years and music videos?Alana: I mean he's been such a huge part of the last two records. He is just the best cheerleader. He is just so down to bounce ideas off of. It's all very much an open forum.Este: It also helps that all of his ideas are really good.How would you describe Paul's approach to your music videos?Alana: It really just depends on the song. We show Paul everything before we even show our label or management or anyone. Paul's always our first call. With "Summer Girl" I just remember him coming to the studio, and we showed him a bunch of ideas. And we had always loved the song, but it wasn't done yet.Danielle: We weren't even making an album. We were just in the studio messing around and he just came to listen to stuff and that was the one that stuck out to him. He was like, "Oh, that was cool. It feels like a breath of fresh air." And we started talking about it and he said, "It just feels like that moment where we're about to be in summer, when it's like 103 degrees in the Valley, it's so hot and sticky and you get home from work or from school and you see a pool in the distance and you're just like, 'I need to get in that pool,' and you're taking off all your layers and diving headfirst in the pool." And we were like, "Wait, I fucking love that. How do we do that?"Alana: "We don't have a pool. How do we do this?" And it really was just, why don't we just run around L.A. and ask for favors. The last shot we did full guerilla-style, no permit, outside on Ventura.Danielle: In my head the night before I was like, "I'm gonna look so awkward taking off clothes. This is gonna be the most awkward shit ever. But when we're all with Paul and we're walking it through, it just ended up happening in that moment where it felt OK.Alana: I wish I could tell you that our music videos are planned months in advance but we've never worked that way, especially with this record. Everything has been so spontaneous, flying by the seat of our pants. That's why Paul is so amazing. I don't think we've ever had a Paul music video that's been planned more than a couple days in advance. "In the next four days it has to be out," and he's like, "Alright, let's try something. Let's go."Is that how Danielle wound up going through a car wash in "Now I'm in It"?Danielle: That might have been one of the first ideas for that video, where I end up in a car wash. The two main things I remember from "Now I'm In It" was the stretcher and then my sisters helping me get out of this funk with me in a stretcher and going into the car wash to wash it away.Alana: My knees for the next, like, three months, I felt like a grandma after that because we had to carry Danielle around on a stretcher and I was wearing platform shoes. I was like, "I am in so much pain."My perception of Paul is only through his body of work. What do you feel is the biggest misconception about him?Alana: You see these incredible documentaries about these bands in a studio and I've always been like, "Fuck, I want to look like Tom Petty at Sound City [Studios]. I just want to look like that." And I remember seeing Valentine and feeling like he captured something that I honestly don't think anyone has ever been able to capture. We've done so many sessions in studios for various things and I think with Valentine it really did feel like he saw something that no one else had seen before and really captured us as a band. At the end of the day we're a rock band and what he captured—I remember just looking at it and my jaw dropping. He saw something that I have always wanted to see, but I never thought that I would be that person. It just felt like so much bigger than me. I feel so grateful that he likes working with us and wants to work with us and wants to shoot us.Este: Don't jinx it, Lans.
Quote from: Alma on October 06, 2020, 03:29:24 PMNew vid tomorrow. Not sure when they managed to fit that in.https://twitter.com/HAIMtheband/status/1313572933239881728
Quote from: pynchonikon on October 06, 2020, 03:41:04 PMI wonder what are the chances they will write an original song (or even the whole soundtrack) for "Soggy Bottom".
Quote from: wilberfan on October 07, 2020, 01:49:27 PMa) I'm wondering if that first guy is a crew member that lost a bet.b) If she really worked in a deli, she'd have much better paper-tearing skills.