Last time we heard from Spanish band Hinds, they were showing us how to make a music video with no budget by filming themselves drinking and smoking long into the night outside their apartment in the video for 'Chili Town'. Seems like ages ago; today Hinds announce their debut album.

The band wrote the following statement on SoundCloud regarding the album's background:

"okay, (big sigh) believe it or not, this is the announcing of our debut album. let’s start from the beginning. garden is the first track of twelve songs. why? do you know when musicians say they hate their songs? we don’t know if that’s true, we only know it’s not in our case.. ’cause we fucking love this song. and we knew it will open the album since the very beginning. please don’t say it was a shitty decision.

"we’ve been one year writing this album only while we were home, and you guys know that didn’t happen very often. but the good part of having to write songs so separately in time is that we wrote about very different feelings we’ve lived. these songs try to represent the 12 faces of love we’ve experienced. it’s funny ’cause we thought this album would be all party and cheerfulness but SURPRISE. it’s not!!!!! haha. feelings are more balanced, like in life. so suddenly we had a more sober -or even sad- album than we expected. please don’t think we’ve turned into depressive people or something, we’ve always been humans, it’s just we’re now showing it to you.

hinds"

They've also shared 'Garden', the album's opener (definitely not a "shitty decision") and a slow introduction to their semi-abrasive brand of lo-fi guitar pop, gradually growing more raucous with more elements added as the song progresses, effusing a rough, hardened sunniness, complete with a notably tasty outro. Listen to it below.

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our interview/hang session with Hinds.

  • Leave Me Alone tracklist:
  • 01. Garden
  • 02. Fat Calmed Kiddos
  • 03. Warts
  • 04. Easy
  • 05. Castigadas En El Granero
  • 06. Solar Gap
  • 07. Chili Town
  • 08. Bamboo
  • 09. San Diego
  • 10. And I Will Send Your Flowers Back
  • 11. I’ll Be Your Man
  • 12. Walking Home