The charm of Madrid garage rockers Hinds is they have the “hey, we can do this” enthusiasm of a band that would have played T.T. the Bear’s Place on a Tuesday night; the problem is they sound like a band that would have played T.T.’s on a Tuesday night. The slash-and-pop aesthetic of debut LP “Leave Me Alone” reveals a young group taking baby steps, and the spirit-over-skill approach only carries it so far. Adhering to basic rock formalism, the all-women quartet captures a raw primitivism that’s undeniably appealing in an era when most mainstream rock acts are as manicured as Bravo housewives. Unfortunately, too many songs like “I’ll Be Your Man,” a sleepy (hungover?) stab at hooky, sunshine rock, seem like first drafts. If unvarnished immediacy is the point — the just-plug-it-in production accentuates the scraping guitars and off-pitch counterpoint vocals — the songwriting must be better to compensate. The finest tracks (“Castigadas en el Granero”), though, make clear that this sketchy blueprint may ultimately yield something special.
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