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Hinds, Cold Fronts 

When: Mon., Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $16
The musical incompetence of garage bands no longer holds much charm for me, in part because naivete and sloppiness rarely become more resonant with time. But while the young Madrid foursome Hinds certainly possess those qualities, they ended up winning me over with the primitive charm and irresistible catchiness of the melodies that fill their recent debut, Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop/Lucky Number). Over shambling guitar chords that struggle to keep steady rhythm and simplistic, stuttering grooves, singers Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote serve wag-along hooks, essaying in imperfect English the universal travails of crushes, flirtation, dishonesty, and heartbreak. Their rough-hewn enthusiasm toggles between ragged unison harmonies and rambunctious tag-teamed leads, and as they borrow rhythmic schemes from Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley, their postpunk spazziness suggests the skittering pop of England’s C86 era. I almost fear that as Hinds learn to play better the music will lose much of its exuberant appeal, but for now they’re pushing all the right buttons.
— Peter Margasak



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