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“ oday,” frowns Carlotta Cosials, rifling through a tattered notebook of draft lyrics and vague doodles for merch designs, “we have done 88 gigs. Including last year, gig number one hundred is happening now,” she finalises. After a week apart at home in Madrid, a newly reunited Hinds have assembled for cervezas in a downtown bar, and, with debut album ‘Leave Me Alone’ waiting for deployment in January, they’re all in particularly reflective moods.

new bands, the immense pressure could have been overwhelming. Hinds, though, have a single motto that they’ve stuck by. Nuestras mierdas, nuestras reglas. Our shit, our rules.

Whether they’re harnessing their innate talent for prompting stage invasions wherever they go, mounting full-scale missions Who can blame to befriend “Who are we telling them, really? musical hero Little over a Mac DeMarco, to leave us alone? year ago, or sticking firmly Hinds - then to their analogue called Deers guns in the studio, .” were nervously Hinds have lived by waiting that mantra from the Carlotta Cosials backstage at beginning. Typically, London’s Sebright they’ve just released a Arms. Back then, rather brazenly titled new you could count their release, ‘Very Best of Hinds So total live appearances Far’. “It’s funny. People just laugh easily with one hand. “For a little bit because it sounds like a real, that was our fourth joke,” cackles Carlotta, “but it’s actually gig, ever!” exclaims Carlotta, real.” “and we weren’t musicians before.” Growing up in Madrid, listening to The Black “Lots of fans are so sad because they don’t have Lips, and making yearly pilgrimages to watch [early physical singles] ‘Barn’ or ‘Demo’,” adds bands like The Strokes pass through Benicàssim, Ana, “so we did it for them.” Basic principles of Carlotta and her friend Ana García Perrote supply and demand aside, though, Hinds do started Hinds on a whim after mucking about admit that releasing a Greatest Hits collection with a couple of guitars on holiday. Bands in - before their debut is even out - is something Madrid stayed in Madrid; that’s what they’d of a ballsy move. It comes hand in hand with a learned. certain amount of self-belief. That confidence, it turns out, has been there from the beginning. “I Suddenly, though, joined by new recruits Ade have an old CD in my car, actually, with mobile Martín and Ámber Grimbergen, Hinds found recordings, called ‘The Very Best of Deers.’” themselves playing sweaty, low-ceilinged Carlotta remembers, suddenly. “Retro,” she shows to rammed-full rooms across the quips. channel, and touring the States with Glass Animals. The suggestion that Hinds jumped Hinds do to-the-point titles very well, straight into the deep end - without a single it turns out. Their debut full-length look back - is no exaggeration. For a lot of ‘Leave Me Alone’ extends a purposefully

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Hinds started out doing everything alone, and that’s stuck with them. They announced their name change from Deers to Hinds with a doodled note, filmed all of their early music videos on the streets themselves, and design all of their own merch. That’s not going to change any time soon. Carlotta: It’s cool, but it’s a lot of work. We worked from ten to ten doing the artwork for the album. The back. the front, the inside of the CD, the lyrics and stuff. We make everything we’d like to have. We are music lovers, so we do it, because we are a band. Raghhh! I can do whatever I want. Ade: We have to do Hinds pants. For the merchandise. Carlotta: We want to.

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