Hinds - The Prettiest Curse Tour w/ The Shivas

Hinds

The Shivas

Grog Shop
$22.50 - $25.00
All Ages
Hinds at Grog Shop

Hinds at Grog Shop w/ The Shivas

Tuesday November 10th

Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

Tickets: Advance $22.50 / Day of Show $25.00

Every ticket purchased for this show includes one (1) CD copy or one (1) digital download of Hinds' forthcoming album, 'The Prettiest Curse' (available April 3, 2020). You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your album approximately 7 days after your purchase. U.S. / Canadian residents only. Offer not valid on any resale tickets.

Each time they take the stage, Madrid-bred rock band Hinds create a kind of wild magic,

a feel-good free-for-all often complete with synchronized dancing and giddy

crowd-surfing from the members themselves. While the band’s first two albums

channeled the euphoric energy of their live show in their gorgeously punchy take on

garage-rock, their latest full-length adds entirely new texture to their sound. Produced

by Jenn Decilveo (The Wombats, Ben Platt and Anne-Marie), The Prettiest Curse finds

the band letting their imaginations run more freely than ever, even as they share some

of their most emotionally heavy material to date.

The follow-up to 2018’s I Don’t Run—an album praised by Rolling Stone as a “gem of

indie-rock-revivalism, making faux-naif surf licks and Mo Tucker drum beats seem new

all over again”—The Prettiest Curse takes its title from the sometimes-daunting

experience of giving your soul to rock-and-roll. “We have this incredible job, but it’s

really transformed the way we live,” says Cosials. “We know we’re not going to stop, so

we’ve decided to embrace it—to see this curse as something pretty.” Perrote adds: “A

lot of these songs are about feeling lonely, missing home, being apart from the people

we love. But even though we’re alone so much, we’re all alone together.”

In the making of The Prettiest Curse, Hinds devised a brilliantly unpredictable

vocabulary for communicating their most painful feelings. Unfolding in frenetic guitar riffs

and buzzing basslines, powerful drumming and delicate piano work, the album

endlessly delivers massively catchy melodies and vocals that growl and sigh with equal

ferocity. The effect of all that unrestrained expression is fantastically dizzying, made

even more so by Hinds’ constant back-and-forth between their native tongue and

English.

Kicking off with “Good Bad Times”—a long-distance serenade lit up in airy harmonies

and shimmery guitars—The Prettiest Curse offers a fitting intro to its emotional

landscape: melancholy yet joyful, weary yet defiantly wide-eyed. On “Riding Solo,”

Hinds deepen the mood with a dreamy but determined meditation on loneliness and

longing, revealing their supreme talent for crafting a killer love-song lyric (“All day feels

kind of useless/If I don’t give you my night”). “That one’s about feeling like you’re

everywhere and nowhere at the same time, or feeling like you’re always alone even

when you’re with other people,” Cosials points out.

Although much of The Prettiest Curse radiates raw sensitivity, Hinds never shy away

from speaking their truth with uncompromising boldness. On “Just Like Kids (MIAU),” for

instance, the band documents some of the hideously sexist remarks they’ve endured

over the years (e.g., “You’re always out of tune/And there’s no place there for you”),

then fire back with the sheer force of their untamed joie de vivre. “Those lyrics all come

from actual conversations we’ve had,” says Perrote. “From now on when I get the

question ‘What’s it like to be a girl in a band?’, I’m just going to sing that song back to

people.”

Elsewhere on the album, Hinds find an unlikely glory in owning their vulnerability: the

beautifully woozy “Boy” builds its climax around Cosials’s manic pleading for the love

she’s left back home, while “Take Me Back” spins heartsickness into some sublimely

strange poetry (“I woke up sick of not being enough/My birds are still singing

yesterday’s song”). And on “Come Back and Love Me <3,” the band drifts into girl-group

terrain as they sweetly conjure an unspeakable tenderness. “Sometimes in the past

we’ve censored ourselves because we worried we might sound too pop or too cheesy,”

says Cosials. “This time we were just like, ‘If this is how the song’s coming out, let’s just

do it. We’ve got to be true to ourselves.’”

That decision to follow their instincts also deeply informed the recording process behind

The Prettiest Curse, a factor that made Decilveo the perfect collaborator. “Jenn works in

a way that’s very natural, where she’s constantly recording and catching every

moment,” says Perrote. Along with embedding the album with spontaneously captured

sounds (the crack of a can opening, snippets from a phone conversation), Decilveo

experimented with strategically warping the band’s vocal output. “Jenn would take our

voices and transform them so they sound like a guitar or a violin or a

dinosaur—something you’d never recognize as human,” says Perrote. As they

endlessly explored new sonic possibilities, Hinds upheld their longtime recording rituals,

such as Cosials’s habit of adding a certain visual element to her singing (“If I’m going to

do a sad song, I always paint my lips,” she says) and the band’s push for a palpable

connectedness during their performance. “We like to all look at each other as we’re

recording,” notes Perrote. “It was a challenge because of the way the studio’s set up, so

we ended up using a big panel of glass to make it work and isolate sound. That way we

could see each other, even if we couldn’t hear each other.”

Hinds first discovered their undeniable camaraderie back in 2014, three years after

Cosials and Perrote first linked up and started covering songs together. Making their

debut with the Bandcamp-released singles “Bamboo” and “Trippy Gum” in 2014, the

duo quickly caught the attention of tastemaker press, and penned global record deals

that kicked off their metroric rise. Once Grimbergen and Martin joined the lineup, Hinds

began earning buzz as a must-see live band, and soon became one of the biggest indie

acts ever to emerge from Spain. Since then, the band released their breakout debut

album Leave Me Alone and their sophomore record I Don’t Run, which Hinds

co-produced alongside Gordon Raphael (the producer behind The Strokes’ iconic first

two albums), earning mass critical acclaim. Since then, the band have performed on

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, won over crowds at festivals like Coachella and

Glastonbury, played sold-out shows all over the world, and have even started their own

limited edition cruelty-free makeup line.

In bringing The Prettiest Curse to life, Hinds purposely chased their most outrageous

impulses, sometimes deliberately messing with audience expectations (“When people

hear this record I want them to freak out and just go, ‘What?’” says Martin). Not only a

major creative leap for the band, the album also marks a whole new level of confidence

in their artistry. “If baby Hinds could hear this record, they wouldn’t believe it—it’s so far

from where we started,” says Perrote. “It’s the first time we truly enjoyed the process

and didn’t ever feel we had something to prove. I’m so proud that we just let ourselves

have fun, and never held back from doing what we wanted.”

Venue Information:
Grog Shop
2785 EUCLID HEIGHTS BLVD
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH, 44106