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Hinds - I Don't Run (Album Review)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 Written by Jennifer Geddes

The party is over on Hinds’ second album, ‘I Don’t Run’. Their debut celebrated late nights and drunken hookups, but this release sees the band get truthful about their emotions as the partying and one night stands get tiresome.

“I wanna show you it's cool to grow up. I wanna prove that your clock doesn't stop at the club,” Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote sing on the opening track, The Club. It’s an idea they return to on Soberland while (somewhat harshly) addressing an older friend: “Chill, it's OK, to behave as you age. You still have your hair.”

Other tracks, meanwhile, reveal the scars the band carry from complicated relationships. Tester sees the girls frustrated at a guy who’s been sleeping around: “Why did you have to brush my hair again, during a chat about your other thing?”

New For You, meanwhile, has them in denial about the end of a fling: “Because I wanna be somebody new. Because I wanna be somebody new for you.”

The songs features the same catchy guitar hooks and scratchy vocals from their first release, ‘Leave Me Alone’, but here the production is more developed. ‘I Don’t Run’ was mixed by Shawn Everett, who has previously worked with everyone from the Killers to the War on Drugs, and as a result there is a wider variety of guitar sounds, which makes things sound more textured and full.

Collaborating with Gordon Raphael, who produced the Strokes’ early records, has also had an impact. His influence can be felt strongly on tracks like Linda and Echoing My Name, which feel very reminiscent of the New York band.While closing track Ma Nuit, a hauntingly dark song, makes the most of their Spanish roots, and adds a little variety, Hinds mainly remain a garage rock concern.

Unfortunately, they seem to have succumbed to the sophomore slump on ‘I Don’t Run’. It was refreshing to hear tracks about girls lusting after boys and having fun getting drunk on their debut. This collection, however, feels somewhat uninspired. They really needed to go deeper, or wider, to have something interesting to say, while the music isn’t really developed enough to compensate for that lack of insight.

Hinds Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows:

Sun April 15 2018 - GLASGOW SWG3
Tue April 17 2018 - MANCHESTER Manchester Gorilla
Wed April 18 2018 - BRISTOL Fleece
Thu April 19 2018 - LONDON Electric Brixton
Fri April 20 2018 - BRIGHTON Brighton Concorde 2

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