One of the difficulties that I face listening to new music as I get older is the “been there, done that” aspect of what comes my way. It’s fair to say that I wasn’t too enamoured with Rough Trade’s December 2015 selection from “Golden Teacher”, which put me in mind of a whole bunch of electronic stuff that I had heard before at times when a claustrophobic dark space was still a fun place to spend a Saturday night.
Unfortunately my mood isn’t lifted substantially by the January 2016 Album of The Month from Hinds. I’m listening to the LP and it does have a certain shambling charm. The band are four youngsters from Madrid and hearing eighties indie sung with a Spanish accent has a novelty value to it. The music doesn’t quite take off. The album has that ramshackle sound beloved of the NME C86 sound, which I could only take in relatively small doses back in the day.
They started doing cover versions three years or so as a duo and then added members to become a four piece doing their own material. The girls (Ana Perrote, Carlotta Cosials, Ade Martin and Amber Grimbergen) are in still to hit 21 and made waves playing the festival scene in 2015 including Glastonbury. The album is out on Lucky Numbers Records, from Tottenham just up the road from where I live.
My favourite track is on the bonus EP and it is actually a cover version of song by Billy Childish’s Thee Headcoats “Davey Crockett”. This is genuinely garage and bit of a blast.
I’ve done a little digging around on Youtube and found this clip of the band from the US KEXP station who have plenty of great sessions live. I’m still not getting it though. The girls aren’t without talent and I’m sure that they will develop. I just don’t think this is anywhere near yet.