Living in Canada, we‘re exposed to so many awesome alternative and indie rock bands from our country and our friends over the border, but sometimes this means that we miss out on hearing music from the other side of the globe. One band that’s making a major splash with the release of their debut album earlier in the year is Hinds. Hinds is a 4-piece, all-female band hailing from Madrid, Spain and if you haven’t heard of them yet, I strongly urge you to check them out.
Hinds’ music has been described as indie rock with a pop influence, but there’s a very lo-fi sound to their songs, giving the music an old-school garage type feel. Their debut album, Leave Me Alone, was released in early January 2016 and will draw you in with it’s infectious harmonies and guitar riffs that make you want to move. Although their Spanish accents and possible misunderstanding of the English language can leave their lyrics a little cloudy, the band succeeds by thriving on the energy and group dynamic they are able to bring to each track.
Leave Me Alone is a strong album from start to finish. Listen to the entire thing in one sitting and you’ll find all the songs seem to blend together. The result is a piece of work that is stronger than the sum of its parts. However, there are still a couple of tracks in there that can be picked as stand-outs.
“Garden” is the album’s very first song and right away provides a good feel for the band and what they’re about. Vocalists Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote do a great job of showing us what they’re capable of. The interaction between these two is a huge part of what makes this band’s sound so successful and it’s really put on show here.
“Chili Town” is a great example of how the band’s vocals and guitar sounds are used to contrast each other creating a unique sound. The song is carried smoothly along by some great guitar riffs while the vocals sung on top of them are loud and piercing.
“And I Will Send Your Flowers Back” is another great track. This one slows down the album a little and is a beautiful little ditty about a troubled relationship.
The vocals are extremely impressive – they can be sweet-sounding for songs about lost romance, or aggressive and unforgiving on songs about frustrating relationships. The instrumental work isn’t too shabby either. The beauty of this group is the honesty of their music and the integrity and energy they play with. All of this combined with their raw sound gives the listener the feeling that these are genuinely having a great time doing what they’re doing.
All in all, Leave Me Alone is a strong debut album that shows off Hinds’ fresh sound. With some more worldwide recognition, this band is sure to be a stand out in the indie rock genre. Hopefully Hinds will be in the neighbourhood one of these days because there’s no doubt this is a band you’re going to want to see live.