Before the show: Hinds @ O2 Forum, Kentish Town, 02/12/2016

After two years solid touring Hinds know how to put on a show, we caught up with them before their biggest gig to date, at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town

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If you’re an up and coming band in 2016, you’re going to be spending a lot of time on tour. No group knows this better than Hinds. The Spanish foursome finished up their two-year tour at Kentish Town’s O2 Forum earlier this month, winding things up at their biggest show to date to a nearly sold-out crowd of tipsy teens, drunk adults and several of the band’s cousins, parents, and siblings who had flown over from Spain just to catch the show.

Who better then to kick off our brand new feature ‘Before the show’? We sent Marcel La Bachelet backstage to catch up with the girls before the show and shoot them in action as they flipped the Forum on its head.

NOTION: Hey Hinds, tell us how you are feeling about tonight’s show?
Hinds: Hello! Well, I don’t even know how to begin with this question… haha.. like… London has always been our “big” place to play at cause it’s kind of where we started becoming an international band and where everyone has always treated us like it. But this time feels even bigger for us, cause it’s the biggest venue we’ve ever played and we have family and friends coming from Madrid just to see us, which makes it even more exciting. Also, it’s kind of the last show of the tour, cause after that we’re doing a Spanish tour, but that feels like home, so it’s different. We’re very very excited about it!

What is your live set-up for tonight?
I think it’s gonna be emotional because of all of the reasons I’ve told you before.

Tell us about your set-list – what are you starting with and what are you finishing on?
We love our set-list, to be honest haha. We’re very proud of it. We start a little bit more mellow and then it just keeps going up and up in energy and basically the end is craziness haha.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Beer!

Do you have a favourite performance that you have seen?
Gooch Palms. They are a band from Australia who supported us in Tucson on our last tour in America. They’re only two people on stage and it sounds amazing, and it’s not just about the music. The performance is so good it feels like you’re watching a show. It’s one of those times when you really like the supporting band not knowing much about them; it doesn’t happen very often.

Who for you, is the best live performer, dead or alive?
Los Nastys. They’re a band from Madrid, and we’ve been going to their gigs for years. They just get better and better. Luis, the singer, is the best frontman in the world, everything he says in between songs and the way he sings, it just feels like the world is gonna end during every gig. It’s seriously incredible.

One word to describe your show…
#johnlennonwouldbeproud.

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