By Zach Schepis
Photo courtesy of Hinds.
At its essence, music should be all about having fun. Ana Garcia Perrote and Carlotta Cosials are best friends who not only understand this, but have made it the heart of their four piece all-girl rock band Hinds. The two friends met in Madrid through ex-boyfriends, and began writing lighthearted songs together to laugh at and shrug off past relationships. They had no plans of releasing their music for mainstream consumption–it was just a great time for them.
They weren’t prepared for the success of their two songs “Bamboo” and “Trippy Gum” to propel them into the stratosphere of indie rock, but now publications like Vice‘s Noisey and The Guardian have already begun picking up on their whimsically contagious blend of garage pop.
If you have trouble finding their music online, it’s because just earlier this week the band was forced to change their name from Deers to Hinds after facing possible legal prosecution from a band of a similar name. The girls’ reaction? They took the change with a smile, and are moving full speed ahead.
We chatted with Perrote and Cosials about their music and not taking life too seriously.
BreakThru Radio (BTR): So how did you two meet and decide to start making music together?
Hinds: We met because of a long story related to ex-boyfriends and then we started to make music just because we wanted to. When you start a band you never know what’s going to happen, so you do it just for fun, man.
BTR: Were you expecting your music to take off as quickly as it has?
Hinds: No, no, no, no, no! We were really, really nervous the moment of uploading our songs. We liked so many [of] the songs, but we also knew they sounded [a] little weird (laughs).
BTR: What are some of your biggest creative influences, musical or otherwise?
Hinds: Sangria, Redbull, pasta, the sun, festivals, Harry Potter, Carlotta’s dog, after parties in dirty houses, cigarettes, sneakers, Drake, free entrance to pubs… Bill Murray and Britney Spears are our heroes.
BTR: It seems like you make good use of past relationships as material for songwriting. How do you go about revisiting these memories, and do they change for you in the process?
Hinds: Mmm it’s cool to use it–I mean, we, Carlotta and Ana, write the songs exactly 50 percent each so it’s funny to mix our feelings and to sing what Ana felt or to hear Ana singing what I did… so you guys as no-Ana-no-Carlotta-people are never gonna know who felt what (laughs).
BTR: You recently added two new members to the group, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen. What prompted this decision, and how has it added to the band’s dynamic?
Hinds: It’s perfect. I mean, we weren’t a real band before. We really need them to be complete and to play live shows as we imagined in our heads!
BTR: Would you ever consider adding a dude into the musical mix, or are you trying to keep the band girls-only?
Hinds: Never say never, but we prefer to be only girls. It’s not a feminist thing or something, it’s just we prefer it.
BTR: I read in an article recently that said you do recordings using your mobile phones. Is this true? If so, how do you feel it shapes your sound?
Hinds: (Laughs). That’s only half true. We always record our music with our mobiles. We used to burn CDs to listen to them while driving–because you always have the best ideas of back-voices and such while you drive. But Demo and Barn no, they weren’t recorded with a mobile phone (laughs).
BTR: How about your favorite places to play in Europe?
Hinds: We love London… for sure! But Copenhagen was rad and Berlin was so special too… Also the north of Spain was full of friendly and lovely people… I don’t know it’s so difficult to choose!
BTR: Plans for 2015?
Hinds: Uf… We start with a very long tour in January, and in February we’re going to Asia! In March we’re going to the USA, and I think in April we’ll record the album! That’s all we can say [at] the moment.
BTR: Okay, so who would win a garage rock showdown: Ty Segall or Black Lips?
Hinds: Oh man… please don’t say Ty, but Black Lips would smash it! (Laughs)
To hear more from Hinds, stay tuned while they re-launch their Bandcamp under their new band name in the days ahead, and tune into BTR’s very own In the Den.