Last night, Madrid-native rock outfit Hinds took over the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver and put on an emotionally charged set that will surely stick with those that attended for years to come.
The band came to the stage just after ten-thirty.
The four-piece, all-female group is riding high since the release of their sophomore I Don’t Run, which was released just last month.
Their set was full of explosive power and stirred the crowd into a frenzy. People were jumping along non-stop to the music.
At one point, vocalist and guitarist Carlotta Cosials attempted to speak about the hardships of being stuck in a tour van for days at a time, but the emotions overflowed and she couldn’t hold back her tears. The rest of the band stopped and came to support her, and the crowd started chanting, “Hinds! Hinds! Hinds”, with the occasional, “We love you!” added in.
The tears turned to laughter and then she seemed humbled but maybe a little embarrassed. It was a really raw moment that had me welling up.
The show rolled on and the energy level grew.
The tiny club started to get really hot and sweaty.
The thumping feet of the crowd felt like they were flexing the floor.
During another moment, sometime in the last half of the show, the band invited their openers Goodbye Honolulu on to the stage and they performed a song together. The two bands were dancing around having the time of their lives, while the audience, fueled off that spirit, joined in on the moment.
The entire venue became one big silly dance party, smiles were on every face. I wish I could remember which song they sang together, but I was too wrapped up in the moment to note it down. I think it was “Rookie” but I couldn’t be sure.
Goodbye Honolulu exited the stage and Hinds followed them to take a quick two-minute break, which allowed them to return for a two-song encore.
The set culminated with Davey Crocket and Bamboo, both songs from their 2016 debut album Leave Me Alone.
That was it, the show was over, the audience was sweaty, and we were all a little better for the performance we had just witnessed.
I stuck around after their set to see if I could thank the band for such an inspirational and empowering show, but there were too many others with a similar idea.
So, I just walked around the stage waiting to snag a setlist.
In the end, I was lucky enough to get one. It was the setlist used by drummer Amber Grimbergen, and the stage crew member had peeled it from her drum kit.
As I walked back to my car, I reminisced about the night.
It made me emotional and I started to get teary-eyed thinking about the life of a touring musician. Out there on the road, away from family and friends and home for months at a time, it has to wear heavily on your heart and your mental state.
I just wanted to run back and hug each one of them and thank them for their commitment to their careers and let them know their music carries a truly personal message and their talent is extraordinary. I remembered how listening to their latest album, 2018’s I Don’t Run, made me laugh and smile and it gave me goosebumps and made me tap my toes. It is an important album and I encourage everyone to check it out.
They are doing something special with their talents in the studio, but they are doing something amazing with their live shows.