“We actually cried after the first gig” Polyester chats to Hinds

Ana Garcia Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen make up the quartet band, Hinds. Hailed from Madrid, England – amongst many other countries around the world – have guzzled down this garage lo-fi influenced girl band.

Hinds have already supported some big names in the industry including; The Libertines, The Vaccines and The Black lips. In addition to this, they recently performed two sold out shows in London last January. The girls are already being talked about for their sprightly, easy going and punk-ish personalities, which is undoubtedly reflected in their ramshackle music.

‘Bamboo’, ‘Castigadas En El Granero’ and ‘Trippy Gum’ are the main tracks that won our hearts, as well as ‘Between Cans’, which would fit perfectly into the soundtrack of Kenneth Anger’s, 1964 film, Scorpio Rising. Preferably slotting next to buoyant track ‘My Boyfriends Back’ by The Angels. Hinds certainly have a hint of sixties swimming through their sound.

Just before the band jet off on their US tour, Polyester felt that it would be a good time to catch up with them and throw them some questions.

What is the story behind the name Hinds?

It’s a female deer and Harry Potter’s Expecto Patronum 🙂

The band has a very playful and raucous sound. How did you come to find your style of sound?

I think it’s a mix of not-really-knowing-how-to-play and our garage-lo-fi-music-taste!

How did you go from a two-piece band to a four-piece band?

We realised we needed percussion when at our second duo gig, people started to clap in every song we played.

When/how did you learn to play your instruments?

We, (Carlotta and Ana), started learning the moment we started with the band. Same for Ade a few years later, (although she knew how to play the guitar), and Amber learned a long time ago, 7 years or so!

What is the music scene like in Madrid? Are there many girl bands?

It’s cool! There are many good bands trying hard. Nope… we can’t think of any girl bands actually! There are a few bands like Terrier, which have female members, but none with female only musicians..!

Do you think that it is a good time for women in music right now?

Yes! It’s never too late to change the rules of rock n roll.

What was the inspiration behind the song ‘Bamboo’?

Love and frustration. It’s all about that feeling when you know a relationship could be amazing but instead it’s just good.

You recently played two sold out gigs in London, congratulations! How did you find them?

Playing in London is always such a fun and emotional experience… we really feel like we owe something to that city. We’re playing London again on the 19th of May and can’t wait! The gig is at Scala, a huuuuge venue, where we supported the Black Lips a few months ago… we are so so SO excited about that night!

What bands/artists are you listening to at the moment?

Right now we are listening to The Shivas, Fat White Family, Lois, Glass Animals.. But we really feel like we have to say Mac Demarco, The Parrots, Twin Peaks, The Velvet Underground, Shannon, The Clams and maaany more.

What has been the highlight of the bands career so far?

ppppfff…. maybe Australia and Bangkok?? We actually cried after the first gig… We never thought we would achieve this much, going to Australia and Thailand was just insane.

Are there any plans for an album this year?

Yes!!!! Right now we are at Carlotta’s place with the intention of writing songs!! We are about half way to having all the songs ready for the album. Then we’re recording it in April and hopefully releasing it after the summer, September or October time!


Words by Sarah Sweeting


Listen to Hinds here: https://hinds.bandcamp.com