Top image: photography by Neelam Khan Vela
Locating Hinds during one of their riotous live shows can be a tough task. With stage invasions a-plenty, the best way to spot them between the crowds of bodies is often via the cheek-to-cheek grins across their faces – or occasionally head-over-heels crowd-surfing around the venue.
This inclusivity surges through the Madrid band’s sound. An eight-legged ball of freewheeling garage hooks, reverberating vocals and frenetic beats, Hinds have fast become one of the most exciting groups on the circuit. They’ve played alongside the Strokes, the libertines and Mac DeMarco, sold out numerous tours across the globe and, in 2015, they became the first Spanish band to ever play a Glastonbury main stage (a surprising fact but one to be extremely proud of). Not a bad achievement for a band whose first few gigs back in 2011 were nothing short of “calamitous” – a review provided by the band themselves.
But Hinds aren’t the only buzz band currently representing their native country, spearheading a nascent Spanish garage-rock scene alongside friends and fellow troublemakers The Parrots, we put the two bands in conversation. Set to a dodgy aquatic filter, the two groups talk how they met, the Madrid music circuit and who has the best dance moves – take note.