Hinds

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Hinds has everything to be mainstream success – great musicians, write great tunes and are four good-looking women living life to its fullest. Twenty years ago, this album would have been played non-stop on the radio and Riding Solo would have been the song of the summer. The ruination of American radio might want up depriving the masses of their good vibes but their loss is our gain.

Hinds has managed to lean into some pop styling while still keeping contact with that fuzzy garage sound that made us all fans. The album release getting delayed by two months might make me love more than I would have in April as it is the perfect album for driving around with the windows down and providing a 40 minute escape from the world around us.

In addition to Riding Solo, some of my other favorites are Just Like Kids (Miau) – a funny and biting tune about getting unsolicited advice on their tunes (as if they need it). Come Back and Love Me <3, an acoustic track and change of pace that leans into their Spanish heritage. While Hinds might have tweaked their somewhat, they remain the perfect to listen to and see live when you're looking for a good time. Follow me on Twitter at @WoodyHearYa or @HearYa

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Hinds are back with their third LP, The Prettiest Curse. Based on the first track, the Madrid quartet appear to have pivoted to more a pop-leaning sound. The lead track, Good Times Bad Times, has a healthy dose of synths in it. Typically that’s my cue for heading to the exit but they work on this track. The Prettiest Curse will be release on 4/3 via the fine folks at Mom + Pop. Here’s some info from the PR team.

On this new record, Hinds take a quantum leap forward as a band and shrug off any remaining lo-fi accusations, finally harnessing the full extent of their pop prowess and unleashing songs which sound bigger, bolder, and more complex than anything they have done before, while still remaining true to their girl-gang, garage rock roots. “We have this incredible job, but it’s really transformed the way we live,” says Carlotta Cosials, explaining the album title. “We know we’re not going to stop, so we’ve decided to embrace it—to see this curse as something pretty.” Featuring songs performed in Hinds’ native tongue for the first time, The Prettiest Curse was produced by Jenn Decliveo and is positively bursting with life, finding Hinds at their very best yet.

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Hinds – Riding Solo (music video)

by Woody on December 3, 2019

Photo credit: ANDREA SAVAL

Me: I wonder if Hinds can get any better after 2018’s I Don’t Run.

Hinds: Hold my beer

Seriously, if you don’t enjoy the music of Hinds, you should have a long look in the mirror.

“Riding Solo” finds Hinds at their absolute best yet. A band that has grown as musicians before our eyes, Hinds take a massive leap in songwriting and production to craft one of their catchiest songs ever that still remains quintessentially Hinds. “feeling lonely is one of the most common human feelings, right?” Hinds ask. “well, being a musician doesn’t really help. your whole life is constantly moving and the only thing that remains is yourself. and dealing with yourself, oh gosh, we all know how boring and angering that can be. ‘riding solo’ is about this. about us. perpetually on the move, being everywhere and nowhere at the same time. surrounded by strangers most time of the day, being 9 hours time difference from our people and what we call home, living and dying por y para la música.”

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Hinds – I Don’t Run (album review)

by Woody on April 6, 2018

Photo – Alberto Van Stokkum

If you follow Hinds on any social media platform, it isn’t hard to figure out the four ladies from Madrid are squeezing every ounce out of the rock n roll lifestyle. They’re young, having fun and pretty much always have a smile on their faces. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about a sophomore slump. Maybe they lost sight of the main item on their plate, making great music.

My worries were for naught. In fact, it is their never-ending quest of a good time that makes their music so damn enjoyable. But along with all those good times, the ladies have also matured. The opening two tracks, The Club and Soberland deal with dark reality that the nights all end eventually and having the clarity to see how things are really shaking out. The lead single, New For You, is so damn enjoyable; about wanting to reinvent yourself for someone. I Feel Cold But I Feel More feels like a tune you’d listen to on the last day of summer, as the sun sets and you have to head back to college.

I Don’t Run is a nice progression for the band. They’ve matured, yet managed to hold on to the who gives a fuck attitude that made them so endearing. And lest I forget, they are one of the most enjoyable bands you’ll see live.

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Hinds announce I Don’t Run 4/6/18

February 7, 2018

Credit: Alberto Van Stokkum Hinds, the foursome of ladies out of Madrid, completely won me over during 2015 SXSW. The following January, they released their excellent debut Leave Me Alone to critical acclaim. Now they’re back with their sophomore effort, I Don’t Run, out April 6th via the fine folks at Mom + Pop Records. […]

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Hinds – Leave Me Alone [album review]

January 6, 2016

There’s nothing better than falling in love with a band during a live performance; better yet when that performance is in a small, sweaty SXSW venue. That’s what happened to me with Hinds, a female quartet based out of Madrid. Truth be told, I wasn’t expecting much when I saddled up for the show. Hinds […]

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Hinds set to release Leave Me Alone 1/8/16

December 7, 2015

In case you’ve spent 2015 under a rock, Hinds is a quarter of ladies from Madrid and their full-length debut has become of the most anticipated releases. Well, January 8th will be the day that Leave Me Alone sees the light of day. Mom + Pop Records will have the pleasure of releasing the album. […]

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Hinds release new tune, Chili Town

July 24, 2015

Hinds, the female quartet from Madrid, was one of my most pleasant surprises of SXSW. During their set at Cheer Up Charlies, I tweeted out the following. I fucking love @hindsband . I dismissed them as hipster bullshit hype. Yeah, I was wrong about that. Go see them. #SXSW — HearYa (@Hearya) March 18, 2015 […]

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Hinds – Bamboo & Castigadas en el Granero

March 25, 2015

Hinds are a group of four young ladies from Madrid. Apparently, they were previously known as Deers before some Canadian lawyer threatened them because a confusing similarity. I had heard of these guys but had more or less dismissed them as some hipster hype bullshit. On Wednesday of SXSW they were playing at Cheer Up […]

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