Hinds – Leave Me Alone
Madrid-based band Hinds debuts their first LP, Leave Me Alone. The up-and-coming girl group have made a name for themselves since 2014 after changing their name from The Deers. The quartet’s sound treads the line between garage rock and classic, old-school Brit-indie with 12 boisterous songs.
Unlike many other popular girl groups, its clear Hinds take their musical influence from a grungier, rawer source. Inspired by bands like The Strokes and Mac DeMarco, Hinds describe the tracks on their debut album as references to the various “faces of love,” making it more emotionally articulate than their previous upbeat, party singles.
Overall the album is versatile and diverse in terms of sound and message. They show a purely poppy side in the opener, Garden, and the West Coast-inspired San Diego. There are energetic beats in standout Fat Calmed Kiddos, described as a sunny anthem with a very poignant chorus, as well as reflective melodies, particularly in Solar Gap – the only real lull in the record. The unusual percussion is reminiscent of early 80s punk and the combined vocals of Carlotta Cosials and Ana Garcia Perotte complement and contradict one another with steady control and silky tones that delight the listener.
Leave Me Alone says something that is very refreshing to hear from a girl group. Even the cover art speaks of their attitude and message as a band in a candid pose, which is less classic rock’n’roll and more chilled. It’s clear Hinds wear their hearts on their sleeves but are permanently cool.
Leave Me Alone is released on 8th January 2016, for further information or to order the album visit here.
Watch a live performance of Fat Calmed Kiddos here: