Hinds Leave Me Alone Lucky Number
“Please don’t think we’ve turned into depressive people or something,” ask Hinds in the Facebook post that introduces their debut album, Leave Me Alone. “We’ve always been humans, it’s just we’re now showing it to you.”
Hinds have never had to offer a disclaimer about their disposition before now. The Madrid four-piece’s usual scene, judging by the videos for Chili Town and Davey Crockett, is enjoying a pint of cheap wine, eating crisps, and smoking fags down at the skatepark with their girl gang – and judging by the support they’ve garnered from the international press, their wonderfully chaotic, unpretentious approach to garage rock has been gratefully received. “We know we aren’t big musi- cians,” vocalist and guitarist Carlotta Cosials told The Line of Best Fit recently, but it really doesn’t matter – it’s this ramshackle flush of energy and effortless chemistry (felt in the loose surf guitar riffs, off the cuff harmonisation and woozy percussion) that makes Leave Me Alone’s eleven modern day love songs sound so fresh despite their obvious 60s garage rock influences.
Personality drips from every facet of the “twelve faces of love” the band say they’ve portrayed on the album, and while there are songs to stir hearts amongst the party-rustlers we’re used to, that’s not to say the band have become “depressive”. It’s an album of refreshing, rousing romance and an encouraging reflection of a more confident, well-rounded Hinds as they keep on partying into 2016.