It is so rare for a European band, let alone a Spanish one to make as great an impact as Hinds have in the past 6 months. They have been touted as the new HAIM, mixing female vocals with an inoffensive, folky sound.
As a result, their London gig was packed full of young people clamouring to see how their catchy songs would come across live. The band’s excitement at being in London was evident, as was how overwhelmed they were at their new-found stardom. They gave a good performance, despite being a bit rough around the edges (which is understandable given their youth and lack of experience on bigger stages), and there was a lot of crowd surfing!
The quality of their songs went down quite a lot in the live performance; they need to control how their voices sync with their instruments when playing live, especially with such an expectant audience. Nevertheless, their songs are catchy enough to have pleased the whole crowd, who enjoyed the noisy guitars and the rather slapdash set up as it added to the charm of the band.
It will be interesting to see whether Hinds live up to their hype, and if they can polish themselves up and get more live experience under their belt, it would be great to see a European band really break the global market and have success beyond Europe.