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when you love something. I really like when that happens to me.” “In fact the song we hate the most right now is ‘San Diego’,” states an upfront Carlotta, “and it is the most party one. We hate it so much, I hate it!” Considering they started as the unofficial band de la fiesta, Hinds sure have changed their tune. Ordering in another round of cervezas, and looking back over a flurried year, Glastonbury Festival was the biggest stand-out moment for Hinds. It hasn’t got anything to do with late night doobies in the Healing Field, or stumbling across a man dressed as a crab on stilts, either. Hinds’ attachment to the whole thing is particularly patriotic. “You really can’t imagine how big it is,” starts Carlotta, to the other’s amusement. “You are English,” she laughs. “No, seriously. We are the only Spanish band, ever, in the history of Glastonbury, that has played on one of the main stages,” she explains, visibly stunned from the whole experience of playing The John Peel Stage. “It’s one of those moments.” “You don’t think about it. You think that music in Spain stays in Spain,” Carlotta goes on, “because that’s what we’ve learned, forever.” Bands, she reckons, are taken far more seriously in the UK, where Hinds have been well and truly taken under wing. “We still have these comments here,” she says. “We had the guitars in a Spanish airport, and we got ‘ay, you have a little band!’ You guys take culture so much more seriously than us in Spain,” she claims. “We have good paintings,” protests Ade. A fair point. DIY

Hinds are spearheading a new wave of Madridians breaking the “Spanish bands stay in Spain” rule for good. From splitsingle buddies, to label-mates and keyboard destroyers, here are some other locals leading the musical armada.

THE PARROT S . As well as sharing animal-based band names, The Parrots have other close ties with Hinds. Singer Diego García has produced for the band from the very beginning, and the two bands have united forces for everything from split singles on Burger Records, to joint videos. With a similarly rag-tag approach to guitar music, and a love of all things fuzzy and garage rock, The Parrots are closely behind Hinds when it comes to leading the Spanish pack.

LOS NAS T YS . They might have a song called ‘Madrid Es Un Cementerio’ (Madrid is a graveyard) but this chaotic rabble are actually helping to prove the opposite. Bratty, poster-peeling, blastthis-at-full-volume-in-your-bedroom punk, with a hint of The Sonics turned Español, this self-confessed nasty bunch are Madrid’s snarliest new prospect.

LOIS . Take a Fisher Price ‘My First Keyboard,’ and whack it a few times with a spoon to make sure you’ve messed up the speakers good and proper. Superglue down the demo button, find a surfer-rock melody, and drop it into a vat of golden syrup. It’ll sound a bit like Madrid’s Lois. Oddly romantic, and charged with a deep, booming croon, he just signed to Hinds’ European label Ground Control.

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Featuring artists doing it their way - Hinds, Run The Jewels, Father John Misty, Shamir and more. Plus on tour with Wolf Alice and Drenge, a...