Going into recording their new sophomore album “I Don’t Run,” members of the four-girl Spanish combo Hinds thought, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. So they adhered to the simple, 1960s-retro schematic that made their 2016 “Leave Me Alone” an overseas hit and didn’t overthink things. “We went to the same studio as the first album, and the way we wrote and recorded it was so similar to the first one, too,” says singer-guitarist Carlotta Cosials. “We love going into the studio really fast and just playing the song, so the only thing that’s changed is, we spent a bit of time mixing it.”
Talk about retro: “I Don’t Run” is actually available on cassette.
Cassettes are back! They’re cheap, they’re easy, and you can play them in your beat-up old car.
But the merchandise topper has to be having your own Hinds ViewMaster, the actual 3-D toy from the 1960s.
They still make them in America, and they’re fast at manufacturing, too. And they are still so, so good. We had all these pictures of us recording the album, and we thought it would be so cool to look at those pictures while listening to the album, because we really wanted to give a face to the music. So we tracked ViewMaster down and said, “Is this possible, please?” And they said, “Yeah, you just have to end us 15 photos.” And suddenly we thought that this was the coolest thing we could ever have.
Until recently, you could gauge the most popular Madrid nightclubs by the biggest pile of empty lager cans outside; kids couldn’t afford concert tickets, so they drank on the street instead. How is the city today?
I think Madrid and Spain itself are not having their best moments. So we still drink on the street. So it’s not the best time, economically, especially with what’s going on in Catalonia. But it’s a good time for music, because you wake up each day and you want to do things for yourself — you’re not expecting anything from the state or power people, so you’ve got to for real wake up and do your own thing.
What did you find yourself writing about on “Run”?
Rather than getting political, we still choose love as a reason to write. So all the songs are more introspective than the first one. And we wanted our lyrics to be absolutely understood.
What life lessons have you learned, touring the world?
The most important one is to quit being selfish. Because suddenly, all your necessities belong to the group, so you don’t want to just be happy yourself; you want to do what’s right for the communal good.
IF YOU GO
Where: Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. May 26
Tickets: $18 to $20
Contact: (415) 771-1421, www.ticketfly.com