HINDS

ODE TO THE END OF SUMMER
August 1, 2016 5:21 pm

All good things must come to an end as all people know. Be it the final climax of your favorite summer movie, the ultimate ladling of icy green summer gazpacho, or even the sunset on the last day of your final real summer vacation, time has a cruel habit of overstaying its welcome and continuing to exist well beyond our capacity to enjoy it.

Truly, we must savor these dwindling summer days. There is only ever today, always and forever, presented as future but turned present upon confrontation and then past as it disappears into memory. Hauntingly beautiful, terrifyingly predictable, waveringly consistent; the end of summer has been staring us down since the end of spring. Despite my best effort to avoid eye-contact, it is time to acknowledge its mystery and gear up for September.

So with that in mind, we’ve assembled a few songs you might enjoy to help get you there. Don’t think of it as goodbye summer but as hello autumn. It is the most thoughtful of seasons, chilly and colorful, waiting in the wings, eager to take its place as the metaphysical envelope in which we live our daily lives.

HINDS IS THE NEW STANDARD FOR INDIE ROCK
July 13, 2016 3:35 pm

Wow! Just, wow. HINDS is everything an indie rock band could ever dream to be. This indie rock band from Madrid is so powerfully raw that you’ll think they are the ones who created rock music.

Starting in 2011 as a duo doing primarily covers, Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote built a small following with their strong vocals and guitars skills. After recruiting Ade Martin on bass and Amber Grimbergen on drums, the duo became an epic foursome of spirit and attitude for the indie rock scene.

Their first album, Leave Me Alone, came out January of this year full of smashing hits. There is something impressively simple and thoroughly amazing about this these four girls. I realized it sounds like they are the first people to ever pick up guitars and drums and sing at the same time. I mean this in the best way possible, as if they are the first ones to discover what rock music could be. Their style is all from them, no outside influences or pressures from the world, you hear these artists pour every ounce of their soul into every track. The guitars meld together on every song and their layering vocals are so sweet and driven by emotion, it’s addicting. I hope you can hear it the same way I do, and the more you listen, the more you see their raw talent and personality in every note.

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Their new music video for “Warts” is a punch in the face message about loving the wrong person and watching a train wreck of a relationship. The description in the video says, “have you ever seen a couple that shouldn’t be a couple? Have you ever seen your friend’s girlfriend’s warts before he does?…..She is gonna beat him bad, but he only hears parabarabaraba.” It has everything a indie rock band should have: style, originality and a sound that stay with you all day.

Enjoy this wonderfully bittersweet music video and check out the rest of the album Leave Me Alone, with songs like Bamboo, Warts, San Diego and Garden, you’ll never want to listen to anything else this summer.

LIVE FROM BROOKLYN: HINDS RELEASE PARTY REVIEW + PHOTOS
January 8, 2016 6:08 pm

Hinds took over Palisades this past Wednesday for a raucous release party for their highly anticipated debut album, Leave Me Alone, out today via Mom + Pop Music.

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The event was wildly creative and inclusive, featuring $3 tickets, cheap beer, karaoke, and an all-ages option for the youngsters. Fans (myself included) lined up around the block for the chance to catch the album live before the Madrid-based group hops across the pond for a three month European tour. In typical Hinds form, the band showcased their gratitude by joining their waiting audience in the freezing outdoors. The group ran up and down the line, stopping at various points to take photos, sign autographs, and even perform dance numbers to cheer up the grumps.

Once the frost settled and the band started, the wait was nothing but a thing of the past. High-energy tracks like “Trippy Gum” got the crowd dancing and set the free-spirited tone that flowed through the rest of the show. Strict set-lists and smooth transitions were thrown out the window in favor of a more playful style of performance filled with spontaneous action.

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The girls weaved the old with the new, sounding refreshingly down-to-earth yet professional in every moment. Captivating songs like “Bamboo” and “San Diego” rendered a rowdy young crowd silent (if only for a moment) as the power of music prevailed. Crowd-pleasers like “Between Cans” and “Garden” were made all the more special by guest appearances from friends like Public Access TV’s John Eatherly and 2015 breakout star Shamir.

Repeatedly, guitarists/vocalists Carlotta Cosials and Anna García Perrote, told the audience this was not a concert but a party – like the ones your friends threw back home in their parents’ basements. Garage-punk nostalgia and wallflower empowerment manifested in an epic multi-round game of audience karaoke. Cosials, who used to MC a karaoke bar back in Madrid, encouraged fans to jump on stage and scream their hearts out to the Hinds catalog even if they didn’t know the words.

It was in the final moments of the event that you could really see just how special this band is. The performance was over. One band member was bed-ridden from jet lag and only a small group of fans remained. Yet the band kept working: meeting fans, taking pictures, signing merch, giving hugs, and wearing huge smiles on their faces the whole time. This was no ordinary concert. It was an epic party. Those who attended will be grateful they did when this band hits it big in 2016.

Pick up your copy of Leave Me Alone over at iTunes or stream it over at Spotify.

All photos by Julia Drummond (Tumblr/Instagram)

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THE CONTAGIOUS RADIANCE OF HINDS
November 20, 2015 5:09 pm

With HINDS’s first world tour behind them, their ridiculously happy vibe has now finally escaped mainland Europe and freely spread to all the corners of the globe. This all-female quartet is an incredible powerhouse of silliness and positivity that is guaranteed to put a smile on any grumpy old cynic’s face. Rarely is a pop band’s character so overt and so contagious.

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HINDS (formally known as Deers) originated in Madrid in 2011 and found it’s first commercial victims in 2014 when they uploaded their self-produced demos Bamboo and Trippy Gum onto Bandcamp. Generally their music is described as garage rock, however they take a slightly more laid back approach, having also inspired comparisons to The Velvet Underground.

But they seem to occupy their own space all together. Their band pictures mainly look like house party shots spontaneously snapped from a disposable camera. Two of their music videos are directed by themselves, and feature them simply goofing around and having a generally good time. They also released a self-shot 30 minute world tour documentary which also shows them simply goofing around and having a generally good time. They make it seem as if they exist inside a bubble where there is no insecurity, no angst, no fear of not succeeding. Why should there be? Whether on a massive sound stage or in their living room, HINDS loves to do what they do, and I love that they just do it!

Hinds, from Madrid, Spain, performs at Cheer Up Charlie's on Wednesday.

In the Guardian feature that contributed to their exposure in 2014, they were aptly described as exhibiting “more passion than finesse.” Surely many of the quirks and false notes in HINDS’ music are purposeful, but this doesn’t make the comment less true. It is in fact exactly what makes HINDS such pure pop music. The music itself doesn’t have to be pitch perfect to bring their message across. On the contrary, it really shouldn’t! It is not so much a message of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as much as it is one of “Hey you! Cheer the fuck up!” Their energetic character bursts through in all their creative efforts. It’s genuinely funny and endearing and it just makes you wonder why melancholic music is even a thing.

So be prepared. No amount of quarantine can keep you safe from HINDS and their energy, and as far as I am aware, there is no cure.