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(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2773: Hinds

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Spanish girl group Hinds is headed to their umpteenth SXSW in 2 months. It just so happens they’ll be in Austin the month before the release of their sophomore album. Imagine that? ‘I Don’t Run’, its existence only revealed last week, is the follow-up to their debut LP ‘Leave Me Alone’, which the gals made their name on in the UK and America. ‘New For You’ is the first taster from the upcoming record, and its accompanying video sees the band take to a football pitch for a friendly match. It doesn’t sound like the Hinds sound has evolved any since we last heard from them, but given their popularity with their fans, I suspect that their devoted wouldn’t have it any other way. ‘I Don’t Run’ will drop on the 6th of April on Mom+Pop Records. For more on Hinds on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2094: Hinds

 
By on Saturday, 21st May 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Relationships get messy.  It’s a hard fact to face, but in their usual blunt and straightforward fashion, Madrid grunge rockers Hinds illustrate the point with their faces in the new promo video for ‘Easy’. The band describe the song as being about “the worst moment in the universe during a relationship”, where you still love your partner, but your partner no longer loves you. Their explanation continues, “when you reach that point you can’t help but self destruct. There is just nothing you can do, it’s too late to take it easy.”

A signature quality of Hinds’ music, the abrupt tempo changes in ‘Easy’ seem conspicuous but remarkably appropriate in this context of both this particular song and its accompanying video. The rather dizzying cinematography  literally spins through the band’s performance of the song, getting messier and more out of control as it goes along. Be warned–if you have a weak stomach, this video might be more ‘queasy’ than ‘Easy’ for you. The single features on the Spanish band’s debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’ (how appropriate), released in January on Mom + Pop (America) / Lucky Number (UK) and available now.

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‘Easy’ appears on Hinds’ debut LP ‘Leave Me Alone’, which is available now. TGTF’s previous coverage of Hinds is all collected here.

 

SXSW 2016: Tuesday night’s DIY Presents showcase at Hype Hotel – 15th March 2016

 
By on Friday, 25th March 2016 at 2:00 pm
 

The Tuesday night of SXSW 2016 found me queueing on East 5th Street (east of the interstate) for the DIY Magazine stage at Hype Hotel. The street outside the venue was packed with punters headed for either the highly anticipated Hype Hotel showcase or the equally popular Fader Fort event just across the street. I waited in line for over an hour before finally getting into Hype Hotel, just as hotly-tipped American duo Diet Cig struck their first guitar chord and drumroll.

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Descending on Austin from New York, Diet Cig were the subject of much chatter in the queue outside the venue, and once I saw them on stage, I realized why. Frontwoman Alex Luciano introduced her bandmate Noah Bowman with the witty one-liner “this is your mom’s new boyfriend,” setting a deliberately not-so-serious tone for the evening’s festivities. The bratty lyrics to Diet Cig’s early tracks ‘Sleep Talk’ and ‘Dinner Date’ struck a chord with everyone’s inner teenaged self, and Luciano’s punchline “it’s hard to be a punk while wearing a skirt”, seemed remarkably appropriate to her vivacious but wildly irreverent personality. The stage at Hype Hotel at first seemed too large for the pair’s single guitar and drum kit, but as it turned out, Luciano was quite a spirited guitarist, running and jumping around the stage (dare I say it? even ironically?) like a high school cheerleader.

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Even fresher on the music scene than relative newcomers Diet Cig, Los Angeles band PARTYBABY proved themselves straightaway as an act to be reckoned with. Comprising veteran musicians Noah Gersh and Jamie Schefman, the band premiered their defiant first single ‘Everything’s All Right’ just last summer, and they quickly followed it up with the equally pugnacious ‘Your Old Man’. Gersh and Schefman already have a full album prepared for release, and they chugged through their setlist at a frenetic pace. Despite the obvious aggression in their music, PARTYBABY were clearly determined to party as hard as they rocked, and the Hype Hotel crowd on Tuesday night seemed fully in favour of that idea.

Hinds

After a brief DJ set by Bleached, Spanish band-of-the-moment Hinds swept breathlessly onto the stage, appearing to be dressed for a slumber party rather than a gig. Co-lead singer Carlotta Cosials mentioned that the band had only gotten to town half an hour before their set, so perhaps their attire could be excused on those grounds. However, a slumber party theme isn’t entirely inappropriate to Hinds’ lo-fi and free-wheeling style, and despite their somewhat disheveled appearance, Hinds sounded much more polished than when I heard them at the British Music Embassy last year.  The ladies certainly appeared to enjoy their all-too-brief moment on stage as they raced through a set comprising tracks from their recent debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’.

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London synth-rock band Pumarosa played an equally short but sweet set, after apparently sorting through some sound issues before they were able to begin. Their playlist included ‘Lion’s Den’, which saw frontwoman Isabel Munoz-Newsome bowing her guitar strings with a fuzzy mallet, and the dramatic breakthrough dance hit ‘Priestess’, which has quickly become a personal favourite track of mine.  It might well have set everyone in the room into motion, except that we were all completely mesmerised by Munoz-Newsome’s own interpretive movements on the stage.

Jack Garratt

Pumarosa were followed by another British act, electro singer/songwriter Jack Garratt, whose Mercury Prize-nominated, Brit Award winning reputation had evidently preceded him to Hype Hotel. Having gained a fair few followers at SXSW 2015, Garratt played a blinding set on the Tuesday night that was in sharp contrast to the more muted tone I had heard from him on last year’s Communion showcase. His enthusiastic reception has been well and truly earned over the course of a year, and I was most pleased to see him having this kind of success on American shores so quickly upon the release of his debut album ‘Phase’.

Empress Of

The headline act of the DIY Presents showcase was American synth-based artist Empress Of, who is better known off stage as Lorely Rodriguez. Much like the electronic sound of Jack Garratt before her, Empress Of’s quirky dance pop belies the emotional depth of her lyrics, creating songs that are at the same time cerebral and intuitively visceral. Her show on the Tuesday night drew largely from her 2015 debut LP ‘Me’, and apropos to the album’s shimmery synths and ethereal vocals, this late night (er, early morning) set was swathed in hazy blue stage lighting, which cast a markedly chill vibe over the night’s final stretch.

 

(SXSW 2016 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2020: Hinds

 
By on Sunday, 21st February 2016 at 10:00 am
 

Spanish girl group du jour Hinds will be appearing for a second year in a row at SXSW 2016. If you’re one of the many fans they’ve got around the world, made happy by the girls’ happy-go-lucky, freewheeling nature, you’ll really enjoy this new video from them for ‘Bamboo’. Filmed in both Madrid and in Barcelona during annual music festival Primavera Sound by the band themselves, it’s a sneak peek into their lives on the road, around the road, you know what I mean. The song appears on Hinds’ debut album released in January, ‘Leave Me Alone’, available now on Lucky Number in the UK and Mom+Pop in America.

For more on Hinds on TGTF, go here. They’re in the midst of a UK tour this month ahead of SXSW next month.

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Video of the Moment #1979: Hinds

 
By on Friday, 18th December 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

It’s been an exciting week for Spanish girl group Hinds. Earlier in the week, the foursome revealed Hinds 20000 Deluxe Videogame [sic]. They’ve now unveiled their self-described “unofficial but amazing video made by us with love and affection” new video for ‘San Diego’. It’s a cut from upcoming debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’, which drops the 8th of January 2016 on Lucky Number. (The lo-fi garage band already announced a UK tour to support the album with tickets on sale now.) The YouTube description of the videos sums it all up, really:

this is a music video made with footage of our upcoming documentary “A SUMMER WITH HINDS 2”. it was edited in 20 hours having like 600 clips. “for a second i thought i’d die…” – tells carlotta now it’s over. because if you want reality, you got reality. VIVA EL ROCK !! WOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHOOOO ROCK IS THE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watch the new video for Hinds’ ‘San Diego’ below, and stay tuned for ‘Leave Me Alone’, available in just a few short weeks.

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Hinds / February 2016 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 1st October 2015 at 9:00 am
 

Spanish garage rock band Hinds will play a run of live dates in the UK next February, following the release of their debut full-length album ‘Leave Me Alone’, which is due out on the 8th of January via Lucky Number.  Along with the tour announcement, Hinds have released a new video for their popular cover of Thee Headcoats’ ‘Davey Crockett’, which they filmed with fellow Spanish band The Parrots.  You can watch the collaborative video just below the tour date listing.

Tickets for the following live dates will go on sale Friday the 2nd of October at 9 AM.  Our previous coverage of Hinds, including live performance reviews from SXSW 2015 and Deer Shed Festival 2015, can be found by clicking here.

Monday 15th February 2016 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Tuesday 16th February 2016 – Norwich Arts Centre
Wednesday 17th February 2016 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thursday 18th February 2016 – London Koko
Saturday 20th February 2016 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 21st February 2016 – Glasgow Stereo
Monday 22nd February 2016 – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tuesday 23rd February 2016 – Birmingham Hare and Hounds
Wednesday 24th February 2016 – Bristol Fleece
Friday 26th February 2016 – Brighton Patterns

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