• About A Band: Hinds

    Photos by Mitchell Wojcik

    “C’mon, how could that be a good thing?” asks Ana Perrote about overusing the words "girl" and "group" together. “It’s incredibly fucked up to create a genre of music based on the sexuality of its members. Of course being girls is a characteristic that we have, as is being Spanish, but we are making music,” she goes on, “and our genre comes from that.” 

    The singer and guitarist started playing with Carlotta Cosials in 2011, while the two were on vacation in the South of Spain. “It was a time when there was no Internet in cell phones,” Ana says,  joking that maybe they wouldn't have turned to music if there was social media to waste time on. At first, they were Deers—a two-piece playing fuzzed-out guitar and bouncy garage rock in DIY clubs around Madrid. 

    Last year, they added bassist Ade Martin and drummer Amber Grimbergen to the lineup and rebranded as Hinds. Not too long after the reorganization, the band was invited to open for their musical heroes, The Black Lips, at London’s Scala. “When we arrived, the [band’s] tour manager and sound engineer knew who we were, and told us everyone was excited to see us play. We took that as a lesson: that there is always going be bigger and smaller bands, but you should never treat someone with superiority—life changes very fast.” And, Ana adds, “six months later, we were headlining our own show there!” 

    Just last week, they released their first full length, Leave Me Alone, through Mom + Pop Records. Like the Deers demos, the record has a gritty pop lean. It maintains that authentic recorded-in-a-basement sound, but in a cleaned up way. Dirty guitar riffs are paired with Ana and Carlotta's bold vocal harmonies, in which they finish each other's sentences. In songs like "And I Will Send Your Flowers Back" and "San Diego," you get the idea that they're throwing ideas at the wall to see what sticks and keeping most of it. That's the vibe of the album as a whole: playful and spontaneous. Hinds dips into a handful of the garage rock derivatives—from lo-fi '60s surf to punk to the talky indie rock style brought about in the early '00s; they even share a song or two. 

    It’s been a crazy year for the group—one where they went from playing in basements to small clubs to headlining a world tour. That said, they still have the DIY aesthetic that’s important in any successful music scene, including Madrid's. “It’s very young and wild,” Ana says of the community, and you can see that come out on stage at a Hinds show, “all the bands are friends with each other, and whenever we find a new band that we like, we share it. We send our albums to each other to see what [other bands] think about them before they’re out, share rehearsal rooms, and go to the same bars.” 

    That mentality doesn’t stop in Spain, though. “Last November, we played a venue called The Lexingon in London. We had a list of bands that wanted to support us, and we chose one called Public Access TV because it reminded us of a band Carlotta and I loved to death, called The Virgins,” Ana remembers, "the day of the show, we were talking with our booking agent, and he told us two of the [members] actually used to play in [that band]. We totally freaked out and asked them to go on tour with us that October.” 

    A few days after our interview is Hinds' record release party in Brooklyn, where a line is formed around the block. If you're lucky enough to get through the door, you'll see some familiar faces. Neon Indian will take the stage. Shamir will be up there, too. At one point, a group of fans will be invited to sing along to “Bamboo," and later, there will be karaoke. 

    When Leave Me Alone was released as an NPR stream, Ana says the whole band just sat there smoking cigarettes out the window mouthing "oh my god" over and over again, in awe. Playing alongside a band you once idolized, touring the world, selling out your record release show in a different country—none of this is easy to comprehend when only months ago it was all just a big dream. 

    But as a band, Hinds has an important characteristic to note. It's not that they're girls, or that they're Spanish, it’s that they know how quickly life can change; they've experienced it firsthand. And, as they learned from The Black Lips after that Scala show, they're not going to let it get to their heads. Instead, they're going to invite everyone up on stage to join them on their journey.

    Hinds take the UO Live in Austin stage on Friday, March 18. Check out the full lineup here

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