After two decades in music, the Haden Triplets – Petra, Rachel and Tanya – are finally set to release their debut album together. You've certainly heard them already, though; the women, separately and together, have contributed to recordings and performances by the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Beck, Green Day, Todd Rundgren, the Rentals and Silversun Pickups.
Now recording on Jack White's Third Man label, the trio is continuing their American roots music tradition with The Haden Triplets. This video shows the women singing several of their new songs in close harmony, calling back to such warm acts as the Carter Family, and going through many of the steps to record their album, including tuning their instruments and debating phrasing.
While demoing the tracks, famed artist/producer Ry Cooder sprung one surprise on the women: he decided to record the album in Tanya's house due to its unique acoustics. "The house was built in the early 1900s and has this incredibly rich sound, almost like the inside of a church," the Hadens tell Rolling Stone. "We had originally planned to record the songs in a studio, but after rehearsing in the house, Ry Cooder turned to us and said, 'Oh no, we aren't recording in a studio. We're recording right here, with one mic – just how it should be done!'"
The Haden Triplets is out February 4th.