An Introduction To Hinds: Who They Are And Why They Rock

An Introduction To Hinds: Who They Are And Why They Rock

They've arrived, and they are killing it.

Music is one of my passions. Unfortunately I cannot say that I play an instrument, but I am passionate in the sense that I love listening to, finding, and discussing music. I am a firm believer in the idea that you can find something that you enjoy musically in places that you might not expect, you just have to be open to to it.

As a music lover that has an appreciation for a wide-variety of genre's and sounds, one of the things that irritates me the most is people who have an extremely pretentious approach when it comes to music. You know the kind of person I'm talking about, those individuals who vehemently look down their nose at the mere-thought that genre's they are not a fan of could possibly have something worthwhile to offer. Maybe you are that person. In my experience, there's not much that can be done about those sort of people, except hope that they one day remove their heads from their rear-ends and stop thinking of music as some kind of linear, top-down hierarchy.

But I digress, that is enough background context for now. The real reason for this article is not to air-out my frustrations with other music listeners, it is to discuss one of favorite music acts at the moment, the Spanish Indie/Alternative quartet from Madrid known as Hinds.

I first discovered Hinds last March, as I was skimming a Rolling Stone article titled "10 Artists You Need To Know: March 2015" Hinds was the second artist on the list, a group that the article described as "An all female-Ramones, if they spent more time in the sunshine". After reading the "Why You Should Pay Attention" portion of the article pertaining to Hinds, I was enticed to promptly to check out the little music that they had out at the time. The first song that I heard by the band was the one Rolling Stone had chosen to feature in their article, a song by the name of "Castigadas En El Granero." I was immediately greeted by a sound that was warm and airy, yet simultaneously harnessed the raw and unfiltered energy of garage-rock. In an era dominated by powerhouse solo acts like Taylor Swift or Adele, who triumphantly returned this past November with the release of her album 25, which sold a staggering 3.38 million copies in its first week of release, Hind's energy feels refreshingly self-contained and organic.

Left to right: Carlotta Cosials (guitar/vocals) Ade Martin (bass) Amber Grimbergen (drums) Ana Perrote (guitar/vocals)

One of the reasons that I adore this band as much as I do is because of the carefree-aura that they give off, both musically and in the way that they present themselves. I'm not going to name-names because this is not a smear-article, but there is something to be said for those bands that seem to take themselves a little too seriously, especially in the Indie scene. Every photoshoot is moody and atmospheric, each song sounds like the band thought of it in-between sessions of writing "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" fan-fiction. Juxtaposing that, the music video for Hind's "Chili Town" is a perfect example of the the band's light-hearted aesthetic that I find so appealing.


Hinds are by no means seasoned musicians, something that they are honest about, in the article I referenced earlier they stated that they are still learning their instruments, but the at times amateurish sounding instrumentation is part of their charm. Though they are still in the early stages of their inception, Hinds are bursting with potential, and are likely to continue quickly growing their fanbase through extensive touring. For those of you who might be interested in hearing more of their music, fortunately you will not have the same problem as I had upon first finding them, as they just released their debut album "Leave Me Alone" on Jan. 8.

Hinds are unapologetically themselves, and I'm loving every minute of it. I look forward to continuing to follow their journey, and hopefully this article has inspired you to follow it as well.

Interested in hearing more from Hinds? their debut album "Leave Me Alone" is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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