- by Steve Ricciutti Rating:8 Release Date:2016-01-12 Label: Lucky Number
Originating in Madrid as Deers before changing their name, Hinds kick off 2016 with their debut album, Leave Me Alone. This record features songs written over the course of their four-year history. As this is a debut, you have some areas that need polishing, but you also have a band that knows what they like and how to bring their influences (Ty Segall and The Black Lips, among others) to bear in their sound.
Swinging into life via the chugging 'Garden', the band lays out their plan of attack: plenty of garage reverb and surf treble to soak through the guitar melodies and riffs. Things continue with 'Fat Calmed Kiddos', jangly guitar chords coupled with ringing counterpoint riffs and the gorgeous caterwauling dual vocals of Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote, providing one of the coolest vocal duos since John and June (or at least John and Exene). They’ve got the groove, they’ve got their own unique sound, and they write smart and cheeky songs. It’s a great foundation going forward.
It isn’t all surf rave-ups, however, as the band slows things down on a few numbers, that hint at a strength I’d love to see them develop further. “And I Will Send Your Flowers Back,” “Chili Town,” and “I’ll Be Your Man,” allow the lo-fi to work to their advantage, providing a nice counter to the more up-tempo numbers.
“What goes around comes around” may be a kiss-off to a broken relationship in “And I Will Send Your Flowers Back,” but it could also sum up how the music we fall in love with finds a way to influence the music we make. The Hinds are proof positive that devotion to the glory of garage rock coupled with infectious joy make music that you want to hear just to share in the party.