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1/27/17

An Interview With...Hinds

Credit: Pooneh Ghana
It's no secret that i'm a big fan of Hinds. Ever since I was introduced to their song Bamboo, I fell head over heels for these four Madrid rockers - shortly after I managed to see them on their anticipated UK tour, nab some Viva Hinds merch, as well as of course their debut album Leave Me Alone. I saw them again in Madrid last summer at the Gay Pride...these guys are just an absolute treat to see live and have so much energy that I would very happily see them again and AGAIN!

For those that aren't up to date, Hinds are a four-piece band from Spain consisting of Ana Perrote and Carlotta Cosials, both on guitar and vocals, Ade Martin on bass and Amber Grimbergen on the skins. They're the it band, the band you want to be with, look like and party with - for me, anyway. Starting out as friends, Cosials and Perrote began initially doing Bob Dylan covers on Youtube and later released two singles Bamboo and Trippy Gum which caught the media's attention. The other two joined shortly after however, fun fact: the band were originally called Deers but some band with a similar name in Canada demanded they change it, then Hinds were formed.

Hinds are at the top of their game right now, and have toured worldwide throughout 2016 across the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and Australia after the release of their debut record. Leave Me Alone is filled with 12 vibrant, garage-pop, low-fi toe tapping tracks - which sound even better performed live. Despite their busy schedule and more tour dates planned this year (including Coachella!!) - the band kindly took some time to answer a few of my questions...

What are 3 words (in English or Spanish) that you would use to describe Hinds?

Energia, cansancio and beer.

What is the band's favourite pizza topping?

Extra cheese!!

Which album inspired you the most in Hinds music career?

2 by Mac Demarco is a favourite.

What is your favourite quote to live by?

"Where you invest your love, you invest your life".

What are your favourite things about being a band?

Writing songs and playing live shows across the world.

Credit: Aaron Serrano

If you could play one festival for the rest of your life, which festival would you choose?

Benicassim FIB (in Spain) - we've been going there since we were very young and have played there before and we love it. There are always great artists playing there...plus it's near the beach and it's sunny.

Which: jamon & queso, only queso or only jamon?

Queso! One of us has just became a vege, so no jamon

When you aren't touring or recording, what is your favourite thing to do in your free time?


We love seeing movies and cooking at home. The sort of things we don't have much time to do on tour.


What's the best thing about your hometown Madrid?


The people, the beautiful weather (in summer of course) and the streets.


Drake has been mentioned a few times on your social media pages, it would appear you guys are a fan! Would you ever collaborate with Drake?


PLEASE! Do you have his number??


Bands always get a rider (free box of food/drink) on tour - which are the 3 foods you always love in your rider?

Hummus, chips and avocado.

Lastly, what will Hinds be doing next?

We're going to write more songs, record more music and release a second album soon! Stay tuned!

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Gracias Hinds - hasta luego!

1/24/17

Let's Talk | Comparison


...orrrrr so some guy called Theodore Roosevelt once quoted, smart guy huh? Comparison is something I have shamelessly done in the past and i'm sure i'm not alone in this, yup? Most likely at some point in your life you've compared your life, body, looks, hair, wealth, photo of breakfast on Instagram (lol i'm joking) - to someone else...but why? Well, for no good reason at all, because exactly as the quote says, comparison is a thief, it's the bad guy that makes you feel like everything you have is irrelevant because someone else 'has it so much better' and takes away your own (v precious) happiness...

Social media is such a huge industry now, filled with talented bloggers, artists, musicians, youtubers, even non celebrities have somehow became, celebrities? - it can sometimes feel like you're a wee fish swimming in a very big pond of people doing amazing things with their lives, and you're kinda doggy paddling to the surface - ya know what I mean?

We may look at these other people getting their book deals, their own beauty ranges, campaigns with big brands - whatever it may be - and think, eh, am I doing something wrong here?

Truth is, we're not doing anything wrong. Here's an example, i've fully grown out of my phase of wanting to be the next Zoella *cringe* - though i'll still admit yes, she is hugely successful from what she's done and that can make anyone a little bit envious, but it's just not me! Maybe it was when I was 13, but fast forward to 21, and I want different things from life and this blog - I want to provide more meaningful, good content and I have completely different tastes. If I copied what she did and followed the same route, maybe I would get successful, but then again, i'd be completely selling my soul and lying to myself and everyone around me! So what i'm trying to say is, don't get side tracked by other people's successes just because they appear "happier" and "wealthier" and just be yourself. Sooner or later, people will love what you do, because you do...and everyone has their own timing, so if success hasn't happened yet, it will, as long as you focus on your goals. The other people you keep comparing yourself to are probably doing something that is different to your own interests and also, their upbringing, life, social circle, family, situation, personality, mental health, confidence are not the same as yours and therefore everyone's experience, and timing, is different. Instead, see these people as a nod to this growing creative industry and as inspiration, but not as comparison/jealousy, cause that's when things get nasty! *raven voice*

The *sort of* comforting thing is that we all do compare every now and then, so remind yourself that there's probably someone out there that would love to have what you have, and you'll realise how great you've got things already. We've all got something someone else doesn't and that's why each and every one of us is soo bloody gr8 - we've all got something unique to bring to the table. Next time you catch yourself comparing your life to someone else's, switch off those side eye glasses, count your blessings, look straight ahead and keep doing YOU.

Lucie





January Playlist


I'm back again with some of my favourite songs as of late...and some of my vinyl recommendations thrown into the mix as well.

I got Angel Olsen's 'My Woman' for Christmas and i'm listening to it as I write this post - I love this woman and her voice - an album filled with songs of sadness, pain and love. My favourite tracks are 'Shut Up Kiss Me' & 'Never Be Mine'... as well as all the rest to be honest...

Recently I picked up Weyes Blood's 'Front Row Seat To Earth'. Weyes Blood has a Carol King vibe and a euphoric voice that will fill you with nostalgia but with calmness and content all at the same time. My favourites are 'Seven Words' and 'Generation Why'. 

The same day I got Sonic Youth's 'Goo' - both from Probe Records in Liverpool. I've wanted to get my hands on Goo for quite some time - not gonna lie, I just really love the cover buuut i'd heard a few tracks off the album and decided to take the plunge and discover the rest. The album is a mix of cool melodic riffs, straight punk rock and a array of simple and complex song structures. My favourites are 'Kool Thing' and 'Dirty Boots'.

A mini playlist:

Lucie x

1/23/17

Girls On Film

Fiiiiinally exams are over and all my assignments for first semester are DONE, so I can finally blog again for a while, until second semester coursework takes over my life...

I've been finding lots of style inspiration in film lately, from the 90's vibes in Clueless to chokers à la Mathilda in Léon...what better place to look for some fashion advice than from the leading ladies on the big screen?

             

CLUELESS-Cher

JAWBREAKER-Julie

TAXI DRIVER-Iris...(yes I know she plays a prostitute but let's just appreciate her nice outfit anyway)

BREATHLESS-Patricia
                                                                                                                 BONNIE & CLYDE-Bonnie

         CASINO-Ginger


ALMOST FAMOUS-Penny

LÉON THE PROFESSIONAL-Mathilda

                            FRIENDS-Rachel
DAZED AND CONFUSED

KIDS

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS-Holly

SCOOBY DOO-Daphne

1/1/17

New Year, who dis?


It's finally 2017, yes! Don't get me wrong, 2016 wasn't all bad, just read my last post here where I actually found plenty of things to rave about...but I love that feeling of a fresh slate - to think about and plan all the things you want to achieve in the year ahead. Guaranteed there'll be ups and downs like any other year - but i'm feeling much more motivated and prepared for this year. I've thought pretty clearly about what i'd like to achieve, based on everything that didn't go quite to plan or as well as I'd hoped in previous years. Learn from your mistakes and all that, riiiight? 

Here are my resolutions:

- I want to read more. This has been something i've meant to do for ages! I used to read so much as a teenager...and then social media happened and 'scrolling' became the new 'reading' - nope, not anymore! I basically want to be like Matilda when she sits in the library all day long and reads book after book...

- To graduate with a 2:1 in my degree! Eeeee, yep it's my 3rd and final year of university and 2017 is the year I graduate. W.T.F...fingers crossed.

- Treat my body better with healthier foods... cut back on meat, drink more water, eat better, go running and be fitter in general.

- To enjoy my new part time job and get a good job after uni...it's probably a liiittle too soon to say where i'll be or what i'll be doing come the time I graduate, but I just hope that it's in a great job, well-paid, with lovely people to work with and that allows me to travel and do something I love doing!

- I want to travel, whenever I get the chance and have the money to. Go anywhere new and hop on a plane somewhere and continue to travel for the rest of my life, plzzzz.

- To continue writing and posting on my blog, make it successful, whether or not that means reaching 1+++k followers, and definitely without comparing myself to other bloggers - as long as I enjoy it and the content - that's all that matters.

- Just have a great 2017 in general: be happier, worry less, love more and spread love, be creative, inspired, see films, do new things...

...well, that's not toooo much to ask is it?! What can I say, I have big expectations... I'm really going to make an effort to follow these resolutions through and just improve overall as a person...here's to 2017!
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