On January 6, the ever-rising Spanish rock group Hinds kicked off my year of concerts with an intimate record release show at Brooklyn venue Palisades. The show was put on by Hype Machine’s “Stack Live” in celebration of the release of Hinds’ fun debut album Leave Me Alone, released via Mom + Pop Music. Admission broke the bank at a truly unreasonable $3 at the door.
Half a show, half a release party, the first half of the show featured a performance from Hinds, while the second invited fans to join them on stage to sing their songs karaoke style, all while the band was playing behind them. This loose atmosphere definitely fit the stylings of Hinds, who have won so many fans over with their live life by the moment atmosphere and raw style of garage rock.
Their regular set got the (very) young crowd going wild, doing a bit of mosh-shoving (not quite moshing) to the front, something I didn’t expect, as it didn’t occur when I saw Hinds at Baby’s All Right last April. The night was definitely a shared celebration, with the band bringing out guests such as John Eatherly of Public Access T.V., Alan Palomo of Neon Indian, and Shamir.
The karaoke section of the show didn’t quite work out as they hoped, as not all of the young intoxicated fans who snuck up on stage actually sang along, or knew the actual words. But as with most things, it was the thought that counted, and Hinds set out to give their fans a memorable night, and ultimately succeeded.
Find some shots from the performance posted below.
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