It may still be Winter in Spain, but Hinds lust for Summer is insatiable and honestly intoxicating.
While the attention on Hinds began in 2014 (known as Deers, when the then duo of Carlotta and Ana released the eponymous ‘Demo’ on Bandcamp); Hinds garage rock beginnings, start all the way back in 2011. So to say they’re newcomers is honestly a false statement.
Don’t be fooled however into thinking that Hinds garage rock/lo-fi style, means that they’re anything but hard workers. Securing sixteen shows in four days at South by Southwest, Hinds don’t just radiate energy on their records, but every aspect of their performance.
Leave Me Alone releases enough to put you into a catatonic state.
A slew of pre-released singles feature throughout Leave Me Alone (Garden, Castigadas en el Granero, Chili Town, Bamboo and San Diego), but that hasn’t stopped the 75% Spanish group (Amber’s from the Netherlands), from providing an album with a few surprises along the way. If you’ve seen Hinds live, then you may already be acquainted with some of the tracks on Leave Me Alone. But don’t let that stop you. Leave Me Alone is meant to be kept on repeat, all the way until Summer and then on-wards.
Tracks Warts and San Diego are the groups best interpretations of feel-good, Summer vibes. Protruding their effortlessly cool guitar work brilliantly, which draws a closer similarity to a mash-up of The Vaccines and The Beach Boys (on Warts especially); pop meets contemporary indie on these two upbeat, crowd pleasers.
Warts plays along the lines of gentle guitar hooks, over powered by Carlotta and Ana’s combined vocals, which boom ferociously, even if they’re saying “don’t let her waste your smile” (correct me if I’m wrong). While San Diego is a full throttle indie anthem, ready for waves of screaming fans, jumping from side to the side, as Hinds blast out killer riffs and choruses, that’ll blow the roof off of any festival tent.
There’s a constant energy within Leave Me Alone, that is honestly, a joy to adhere to. While it may seem at times that Leave Me Alone is constantly going, going, going… each tracks variant levels of energy allow for a pop album, which doesn’t need to rely too much upon slow breaks to catch its breath.
Even in the from of Solar Gap, a luscious collection of gliding guitar notes, layered with light acoustic tones, or I’ll Be Your Man, the closest track to a pre-sunset, acoustic bonfire song which calms the soul deeply, Leave Me Alone perfectly manages the groups insatiable energy.
Earlier tracks such as Bamboo and Garden are the perfect bridges between Hinds connections to garage rock and slower lo-fi rhythms. While Garden bursts open with slammed guitar hooks, further amplifying its booming sound with thrashing drum beats, Bamboo arrives quietly with a solitary bass hook that quickly turns into a future cult favourite.
Our favourite track however, comes in the form of Castigadas en el Granero, the Spanish equivalent to The Velvet Underground’s Run Run Run during Madrid’s running of the bulls. A combination of 60’s style guitar hooks sliding all over, before steadily placing into an organised disarray, while Hinds play on top of Madrid’s rooftops, perfectly narrating the immediate unpredictability, of one of their Madrid’s oldest traditions, is the complete vision Castigadas en el Granero creates, and it’s simply sublime.
Whether it’s to repeat on the beach, or just to dance around with friends to; Leave Me Alone isn’t hoping to push boundaries musically but to provide upbeat, enticing pop, which comes from fuzzy guitars and a collection of vocals that blur into a single hybrid. If an album can craft enjoyment into your being, then it succeeds, and Leave Me Alone is definitely successful.
Leave Me Alone is out at all good record stores, through Lucky Number records, on special coloured vinyl (it’s beautiful, trust me), so grab yourself a copy!