Madrid garage-rock four-piece Hinds have built something of a reputation for themselves as being one of new music’s funnest groups. There’s rarely a time when they haven’t got smiles plastered on their faces, they make up dance routines during DJ sets and lark about like nobody’s business in interviews. Earlier today (August 26), they brought that infectious spirit to the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading Festival, playing a set that more than justified that rep and totally endeared themselves to the audience even more.
When they tried to teach the crowd Spanish
“Let’s talk about how shiny the sun is today,” said singer and guitarist Ana Perrote. “It makes us feel at home.” What might make the ladies feel slightly less like they’re in sunny Spain is how poorly the Reading crowd grasped their attempts at teaching them something of their mother tongue. Before ‘Chili Town’ the band paused to share a phrase with the audience and later sang a brief song in Spanish in response to a typical English festival chant. Some cheered them on, most people looked bemused, but in Reading’s defence a buzzing festival crowd isn’t the easiest of places to pick up on the nuances of a foreign language. Hinds tried.
When they ended ‘Fat Calmed Kiddos’ with some synchronised moves
Most bands leave the grand, synchronised song endings for their closing track, but not Hinds. As ‘Fat Calmed Kiddos’ came to an end, Perrote, singer and guitarist Carlotta Cosials and bassist Ade Martin turned to face drummer Amber Grimbergen and, completely in time with each other, dipped towards the ground for every exaggerated staccato strum of the outro. Simple, but watching it definitely made you jealous you weren’t in their super fun gang.
When they played their cover of Thee Headcoatees’ ‘Davey Crockett’
They originally covered the garage-rock track on a split release with fellow Madrid band The Parrots and they reprised it here today for a strong end to their set. They might not have written it, but the enthusiasm and energy the quartet put into playing it makes it feel like it’s all their own.
When Amber Grimbergen played the drums one-handed
OK so the drummer didn’t knock out a whole song single-handed, but there was a part of ‘San Diego’ where not only was Amber bashing away at her kit one-handed, she had the other hand behind her back. All the while she looked in complete control and like it was totally no big deal. Skills.