Hinds, from Madrid, have very much become a firm favourite in Villain Towers. Here’s a brief bio, courtesy of allmusic:-

“Spain in the 2010s was a hotbed for garage rock bands, mostly fronted and populated by men. The four women of Hinds broke the mold and in the process became the most successful of them all. Their debut album, 2016’s Leave Me Alone, brought their rambunctious, sometimes ramshackle, sound to the world. Further records refined it with slicker production and more-focused songcraft, and on the quartet’s third long-player, 2020’s The Prettiest Curse, they dipped their toes into the edge of the pop mainstream.

The band was originally formed in Madrid in 2011 by Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote, two young women tired of hanging out while their friends made music. After learning the basics of guitar, the duo released a pair of lo-fi demos on their Bandcamp page under the name Deers. Released in the summer of 2014, those two noisy, melodic pop tunes, “Bamboo” and “Trippy Gum,” caught the attention of several U.K. publications like NME and The Guardian. Within months, Deers had expanded to a quartet with the addition of bassist Ade Martín and drummer Amber Grimbergen. A second single release, “Barn,” followed in November of that year, after which Deers were forced to change their name due to a legal threat by another band already using it. Under their new moniker, Hinds, they continued to expand their touring range across Europe and the U.K., releasing a split single with fellow Spaniards the Parrots in April 2015 and appearing on a compilation from garage-centric U.S. label Burger Records.

Hinds’ debut album, Leave Me Alone, arrived in January 2016 on Lucky Number in the U.K. and Mom + Pop in the U.S. The band toured the world to promote the record throughout the rest of the year, released a deluxe version of the album, and were named a winner of a 2017 European Border Breakers Award. The group continued to tour in 2017, though they also took time to record a song, “A Rodar,” for the Spanish release of the film Cars 3.

The quartet also began working on their second album, this time co-producing it themselves with the help of Gordon Raphael (the Strokes, Regina Spektor). 2018’s I Don’t Run was again released by the team of Lucky Number and Mom + Pop, and featured a slightly cleaned-up and punchier garage pop sound.

Recorded in New York City and produced by Jenn Decilveo (Bat for Lashes, the Wombats), The Prettiest Curse followed in 2020. On the album, Hinds moved another step away from their lo-fi garage roots while still retaining their joyous spirit and rambunctious vocals.”

All of which demonstrates why pulling together this ICA has been such a challenge.  Just the three albums in a five-year period, but each of them being quite different in the way that have been worked on, produced and delivered.

There are some days when I prefer the lo-fi and noisy approach of the debut when the duel vocals from Carlotta and Ana aren’t always in harmony, and indeed on occasions seem to be embarking on their own semi-private duel for supremacy.  Then, there are those days when the most recent album is given a spin as it never fails to put a smile on my face, thanks to its more pop-friendly and sunnier approach, with some of the lyrics being sung in their native Spanish.

And then there’s the middle album – I Don’t Run – which was, in effect, my introduction to the band.  While it doesn’t offer anything truly groundbreaking, it is a fabulous listen from start to end, packed with  jaunty upbeat sounding songs which provide cover for a set of lyrics dealing, for the most part, with the downside of falling in love – failed relationships, bitterness, misery, loneliness, revenge and relying on your friends to pull you through.

It was tempting to go with an ICA in chronological order, allowing those of you unfamiliar with the band to hear the journey from the rough’n’ready stuff through to the pop sophistication, but in the end I’ve mixed things up a bit.  It’s also 12 songs rather than the usual 10, partly as I just couldn’t narrow things down, but also for the fact that, even with the additional tracks, it still clocks in at less than 38 minutes.


1. Chili Town (from Leave Me Alone, 2015)
2. Just Like Kids (Miau) (from The Prettiest Curse, 2020)
3. The Club (from I Don’t Run, 2018)
4. Spanish Bombs (cover of The Clash song, download 2020)
5. New For You (from I Don’t Run, 2018)
6. I’ll Be Your Man (from Leave Me Alone, 2015)


1. Good Bad Times (from The Prettiest Curse, 2020)
2. Soberland (from I Don’t Run, 2018)
3. Warts (from Leave Me Alone, 2015)
4. Castigadas En El Granero (from Leave Me Alone, 2015)
5. Burn (from The Prettiest Curse, 2020)
6. Tester (from I Don’t Run, 2018)

If you like what you’re hearing, then please head over to the bandcamp site and spend some money!!



Aside, that is, from the bonus post I shoved up on a whim to celebrate the release of Weirdo by Carla J Easton.

I am very conscious that the strength of this particular blog is that it has an almost exclusively retro feel, but there is sometimes a need to draw attention to contemporary music.  So, here are two videos for singles lifted from albums I’ve really enjoyed this year.

Neither are new bands.

Dream Wife, a London-based trio consisting of Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals), Alice Go (guitar, vocals), and Bella Podpadec (bass, vocals) have been together since 2016. Their eponymous debut album, released in 2018, was a frantically fabulous mix of punk, indie, and pop, and I’m delighted to much report that it is much the same on the 2020 follow-up So When You Gonna….

I’m told they are an explosive live act, akin to the sorts of shows the bands you would enjoy from the bands who were lumped under the Riot Grrrl ‘movement’ in the early 90s.  I was busy at the football last year when they turned up for a day long festival in Glasgow and so had been hoping to catch them this time around, but COVID-19 has put those plans to one side. All being well, they are due in Glasgow next April and I’ve a couple of tickets on order.

Hinds have been around for even longer, forming in Madrid back in 2011 (initially as Deers before being forced, via legal action, to change their name).  Another all-female line-up with Carlotta Cosials (vocals, guitar), Ana Perrote (vocals, guitar), Ade Martin (bass, backing vocals) and Amber Grimbergen (drums). Their first studio album, Leave Me Alone, appeared in the shops in January 2016, and its follow-up I Don’t Run, was released in April 2018.  Aldo and Comrade Colin are among those who have been raving about Hinds for a number of years and it has been remiss of me not to have featured them before now.

Hinds are less obviously confrontational and punky than Dream Wide with the music occasionally veering into the charming territory of The Modern Lovers, and at other times the spiky and punchy material of early Libertines seems to be a close cousin, especially on the first two albums. There’s other times they remind of early We’ve Got A Fuzzbox….., probably from the way the harmonies pan out as Carlotta and Ana share lead vocal duties.

The new record, however, leans much more towards pop, recorded in New York with producer Jennifer Decilveo, who has worked with Bat for Lashes, and The Wombats among others. It’s a short album – its ten tracks take under 33 minutes to listen to – and is packed with all sorts of hooks, riffs and melodies that stick with you.  It’s certainly been on heavy rotation in Villain Towers in this strange summer of 2020.

Here’s a couple of the older songs, both of which were released as singles

mp3: Dream Wife – Let’s Make Out
mp3: Hinds – Chili Town

Finally, here’s one that Hinds did, initially as a song for a flexidisc for a limited edition version of the new album, but has since been made available in digital form.

mp3: Hinds – Spanish Bombs

Yup….. it’s a cover, and a good one at that!