When reflecting on shows I’ve seen this year something always brings me back to seeing Hinds at Concorde 2. There’s a level of fondness that comes back to me everytime I think of it. The band exude positive energy and carefree fun and are slowly becoming something of a cult item in the UK. After seeing them for the first time, I completely get it. Their live show is energetic and generally a very wholesome experience. Their music is simple, fun and relatable and the band’s love of being in a band overflows into the audience. It was a show that brought smiles all round and it still does to this day.
It has been one hell of a year. From the influx of thousands of artists during festival season to watching many of our most-loved Brighton bands bloom into genuine world beaters, 2018 has been an incredibly successful year for music locally. Our Brightonsfinest writers now look back over the past 12 months to remember their highlights on record and in the live sphere as well as the ones we missed.
There’s much to be admired about Madrid indie band Hinds. With two albums under their belt, a strong UK following whilst somehow mirroring the same following in the United States, they seem to be unstoppable. A band so charismatic and enigmatic you want them to be your friends, being part of the audience is the closest many will get of course. Their performances and albums are so free from any kind of pretension, songs about the everyday without trying to decorate their lives as anything more than they are. Their second album, I Don’t Run, is full of more of this and they are gathering much more attention from the industry eye.
Hinds’ journey of conquering the world is still on course, turbo charged by the release of their second album I Don’t Run. The infectious attitude, personality and appeal of Hinds is a difficult thing not to get sucked up in, especially when you are making brilliant fun music to go alongside it. The success of the Madrid-based quartet is something we have never seen from a Spanish band, so we questioned guitarist and vocalist Ana Perrote about this crazy dream they are living.
Hinds’ first record, Leave Me Alone, was a beautiful, fuzzy record that recalled the warmer climates of the Spanish four-piece’s native Madrid. The record acted as a platform for the band to tour the world, sometimes with their heroes (The Strokes, The Libertines and Mac DeMarco), and play what seemed like every city on the globe. So much so that burn-out became a worry for the Spaniards. “We went crazy,” admits Carlotta Cosials of their frantic touring period before and after Leave Me Alone. “It all became too hard for a second,” she continues, which really became the inception for their latest record, I Don’t Run.