16 Jan 2016

Hinds / Leave Me Alone (album review)

Finally! After forming in 2011, Hinds (f.k.a Deers) have released their debut album featuring a mixture of new songs and tracks off their previous singles and best of EP. With as much energy and excitement as ever this is an album to dance, laugh and have fun to.

Opening with Garden, a previously released single, Leave Me Alone gets off to a exciting start. Garden is quintessentially Hinds with jangly riff and garagey guitars.This is a wonderful opener with such a strong chorus that’s so full of energy.

There is a slight language barrier in the title of the next track Fat Calmed Kiddos. First off the name could mean anything and I must admit that I can’t work it out at all. But it makes absolutely no difference because it’s still a great song. Carlotta and Ana’s voices harmonise perfectly together, and is evident of their development because now the two take on different melodies and have fine-tuned the relationship between their separate vocal styles.

Summery and completely ready for festivals is Warts. Catchy, poppy, one to sing along to this is complete indie pop.Following on is Easy with a definite slacker rock feel, it is a lot steadier than a lot of the tracks on the album, aside from Solar GapSolar Gap is the one instrumental on Leave Me Alone showing that the girls are exploring musically and straying from just playing lo-fi garage rock.This track has a definite influence from fellow indie favourite Mac DeMarco who they have cited before as an inspiration.

The slower tempo doesn’t continue for long with Castigadas En El Granero, Chili Town and San Diego three earlier released tracks. Castigadas has been re-recorded with more distortion being used in the guitars and a lot more thought being put into the vocals. The track has lost a lot of the roughness it previously contained, similarly to the whole album the sound is more polished than any of the earlier releases. Hinds as a whole are growing up a lot, but none of the energy or excitement has been lost in their songs and they are still as fresh as their very early releases under Deers.One of the songs on the album that has been there from the beginning is Bamboo;  it has evolved a lot since its first release with tighter guitars, cleaner vocals and tighter drumming. However even with these minor changes ‘Bamboo’ is essentially the same,and to a live crowd is an anthem.
Hinds aren’t a group of gals to mess with, as portrayed in both their lyrics, presence and image they are a tight knit gang, and this camaraderie is very present in And I Will Send Your Flowers Back. 

I could be your babe but I’ll be your man” these lyrics are just another reason why Hinds are so bloody cool is they’re strong females in a very male dominated genre. The last three songs on Leave Me Alone are a lot more mellow and chilled out which isn’t a bad thing, as it allows their musical talent and the meaning to come through the songs which can sometimes get lost amongst the chaos of songs like Garden or Chili Town. Hinds described the album as showing 12 sides of love, and they weren’t wrong. I’ll Be Your Man is caring, kind and soft in both lyrics and the gentle rhythm guitar and simple riff over the top.To end the record Walking Home could be pretty soppy but the surfy 60s guitar and typical Hinds-style vocals make the album end on a high note.

As I expected I am completely in love with this album. I think they have really expanded their style and explored different types of songs and genres more than ever. Even so Hinds have managed to keep everything that they’re known and loved for such as the sheer amount of  fun in their music.Similarly to last year I bet they will kill it on their February UK tour and go on to do some great festival slots. A wonderful album overall, featuring both old and new favourites.