THIS year has definitely been the year of the girl band (and I’m not talking the Spice variety) so I continued to ride the wave of talented females with garage-surf-rockers Hinds who moored up in Sheffield this week.
The last time Hinds visited Sheffield two years ago I managed to miss their Tramlines set due to hitting it too hard the previous night — something I've kicked myself for on many occasions — so I was pleased they decided to revisit the city on Monday during their European tour.
The Madrid four-piece is made up of lead singers and guitarists Carlotta Cosials and Ana Perrote, along with Ade Martin on bass and drummer Amber Grimbergen.
The Spanish señoritas packed out Leadmill’s smaller room with students and fellow BBC6 Music-types for their first indoor gig in the Steel City.
Hinds’ DIY look and sound makes them very accessible — their ramshackle coolness is on the right side of hipster and they looked fresh out of a Urban Outfitters.
If their social media presence is anything to go by they are a band who never stop touring, but they were anything but worn-out on Monday — although Perrote openly admitted they had had a tiring day which had been turned around thanks to the warm, raucous welcome.
They had a playful vibe and didn’t take themselves too seriously with their sporadic co-ordinated guitar dance moves and Cosials’ mischievous grin positively glowed from the stage.
They opened with a groovy instrumental and then slipped into the laid-back Soberland from their latest album I Don’t Run into fan favourite Chilli Town — the song that sparked my original interest — from their 2016 debut album Leave Me Alone.
It was great to see two strong front women share the limelight and Cosials and Perrote’s close-knit friendship, cemented from their university days where they formed the band, was clear.
Their chanted lo-fi vocals were reminiscent of The Strokes with a calypso hint and although the group isn’t breaking any boundaries, they brought the party and an infectious sense of fun.
Both singers put down their guitars to take turns in getting up close with the crowd, which brought some unexpected hi-jinks from Cosials who ran through the crowd and mounted the Leadmill bar (a first for me!) — which proves you should never leave before an encore as you just don't know what you’ll miss.
It’s been great to see so many all female bands packing out venues this year, including Dream Wife, PINS, Goat Girl, and Hinds were definitely worth the wait — give them a listen if you want to be transported from rainy Rotherham to a tropical beach.