The past three years have been monumental for Hinds. Originally formed as a duo in 2011 and rocketing to success in 2016 with their raw cries of gritty indie/garage rock, the band are releasing their second album, I Don’t Run, tomorrow. Relentlessly touring, the empowerment projected and force formed on stage are addictive and definitely not to miss out on. In anticipation of their new release, Glamcult had the chance to catch up with drummer Amber Grimbergen.
How has the past year been for the band? What difficulties have you faced and what have been your highlights?
Last year was a weird year for us, or at least very different from the past years… we spent a lot of time in Madrid for the first time in almost four years and it took us a while to get used to that. We blocked six weeks in the winter to write I Don’t Run, then we went into the studio for 14 days and worked with a big producer for the first time. We also got to do a co-headline tour with our friends Twin Peaks in the USA on the West Coast, we played Coachella, and we also played Brazil for the first time… Even though we were saving last year to focus 100% on the new record, we did a lot of stuff besides that, haha!
What are you most looking forward to this coming year?
The new record!!! And trying to bring it to as many places as possible.
How do you find the experience of touring as a band? What little pleasures keep you going?
Touring is the most intense thing you could ever choose to do. Either you love it or you hate it. It can drive you crazy but it’s good fun! Getting to see insane places and meeting awesome people everywhere is amazing. We like to go gas station shopping, as on tour we never have time to buy clothes (and we really need to sometimes). All we can do is buy stuff at gas stations, so we don’t get too bored…
Do you have a performance ritual as a group before going on stage?
Yes! We drink beer and we always, always, always take a little speaker with us. Before every show we play some songs in the dressing room to warm up, we have a fun playlist with songs we know how to sing so we motivate ourselves. Unfortunately, we had to delete Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield because we love that song too much. Everytime we sing it, we scream very loud and all of us lose our voice.
If you could have one song play every time the four of you walk into a room, what would it be?
I guess it’d be the song we use as walk on stage song, which is Stand Up by The Prodigy oooorrrr You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate.