I Don’t Run is everything a Strokes album should be, or more so, everything a Strokes album should have been at one point.
When Hinds first made waves on this side of the Atlantic in 2014, it wasn’t difficult to see where the all-female four-piece fit in the musical landscape. There was a spark that surrounded the band. It wasn’t something new. Rather, it was something missing.
The band possess a gritty joie de vivre. There’s an excitement for the joys of youth and the mistakes surrounding those misadventures. As stated in our review of the album’s first song and single, “The Club,” Hinds “captures the grizzled energy of club-life pretty well.” They have a sense of the occasion, and possess the ability to express it.
Their voice is playful yet it holds knowledge that only comes from experience. And it is that experience that pushes I Don’t Run into a new arena. On the band’s debut LP, Leave Me Alone, they were looking for an invite to the party. And they deservedly received one. Now, they’ve been there. They grew from the experience, and they aren’t looking back and sneering.
“I wanna play you one more time / I know I said that I never lied / Because I wanna be somebody new,” sings Cosials, who shares vocal duties throughout the record with Perrote, on “New For You.” It’s the kind of opening statement that comes from awareness. Let’s give it another spin, we don’t give a fuck, how else would we have gotten here?
Unlike many who have been to the party, Hinds doesn’t look back with bitterness. Instead, there is a desire to learn, improve, and go at it again. On I Don’t Run they’ve managed to sharpen every piece of themselves. From the scene painting openings of “Linda” and “Echoing My Name” that instantly remind us of The Walkmen’s stellar debut Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone, but are instead immediately move into a jangly piece of more bubbly joy that couldn’t seem further from those rue-filled tracks that painted the East Coast in black and white oh so many years ago, to the overlapped vocals of the band’s two founding members. Hinds possess their own modern sound, yet, they are still able to recall the past. They have a colorful, endless energy that is fuzzed out as it is vivid.
Hinds are now able to paint a picture of the current scene, one they’ve experienced. They can look at it as insiders, much like the famed New York five-piece did over a decade and a half ago. “If you’re looking for mistakes Hinds is your band,” says Cosials about the band. “We make mistakes but we really are proud of what we have and we wanna prove the doubters wrong.”
I Don’t Run couldn’t be a more perfect title for an album that runs straight into the gauntlet the band – and the music community – has put up in front of them. And with this approach to form, it seems like failure can only be decreed by those sneering from never being invited.
HURRY – LISTEN – HINDS
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