As the garage rock and lo-fi aesthetics have become more synonymous with the indie scene in the last decade, in part due to the DIY-appeal of services like Bandcamp, it can be difficult for a band to find something that feels truly unique in this well-charted space. With the release of their debut album “Leave Me Alone” on Lucky Number Records, the band Hinds is on the precipice of making these sounds their own.
The four-piece band from Madrid, Spain, consisting of Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials both on guitar and vocals, Ade Martin on bass and Amber Grimbergen on drums, has released 12 tracks that ultimately blend together into a fun, energetic jam session. Once this album begins it rarely lets up, the pleasant instrumental track six, “Solar Gap,” being one of the only rest periods.
Hinds’ sound on “Leave Me Alone” consists of muddy bass and drums coupled with a panned pair of vocals and electric guitar, presumably Perrote and Cosials voices and guitar on their respective sides. As Hinds has previously told DIY Magazine, their sound is influenced by the music of indie musicians like Ty Segall and Mac DeMarco, among others.
The twangy tone of Mac DeMarco’s guitar can definitely be heard throughout the album but is especially prevalent on tracks two and three, “Fat Calmed Kiddos,” and “Warts” respectively, along with the influence of DeMarco’s whimsical on-camera persona. “Warts” features Perrote and Cosials breaking into laughter in the background of, and during, their vocals. It makes for a moment in the album that invites the listener to enjoy themselves along with the band.
It’s in the delivery of their vocals where Hinds really shine. Perrote and Cosials often harmonize and then suddenly break their harmony, sometimes to deliver two completely different sets of lyrics at once. Their delivery feels very loose, almost as if they are intoxicated at times, and serves to further endear the band to the listener. Track eight, “Bamboo,” is the best example of this, here Perrote and Cosials trade off lines as their voices drop in and out, resulting in one delivering melodic ad-libs while the other ramps up to ultimately shrieking her lines before they come back in sync.
Even with the whimsy and excitement Hinds seemingly remain in control, such as on track seven, “Chili Town,” where they are expressly telling someone they’ve just met to “make a move” already. And on Track 11, “I’ll Be Your Man,” a stripped down song with a change in instrumentation where Perrote and Cosials are again taking charge of the situation.
“Leave Me Alone” ends with the sunny sendoff that is track 12, “Walking Home,” a song that manages to feel even more upbeat in its instrumentation while Perrote and Cosials yell “you’re the one that I love” and “you’re the love of my life.”
With their debut, Hinds has begun to create a unique identity for themselves within the sphere of garage rock and lo-fi. The release of this album feels like the beginning of a statement from the band just as the album’s title feels like the first half of a larger statement, possibly: leave me alone… we’re having fun.
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