Words: Liz Garcia
Photography: Avery Kelly
The party started before the sun had even set as the lovely ladies of Hinds and cool dudes, Twin Peaks, played an early, all ages show for fans at the Doug Fir Lounge on Tuesday.
Hinds got right into it as soon as they came on stage and assumed their positions, opening loudly with “Fat Calmed Kiddos.” All the while, vocalist, Carlotta Cosials was dancing and swinging around her pigtails. In between songs, the ladies were joking and laughing, talking with the crowd. In the crowd, a few people were putting on earplugs, which Cosials was glad to see, because it meant they were playing right. It can’t go without being said that what makes the Spanish quartet’s performance so great is the energy they have with each other. The smiles on all their faces make it clear that they are essentially a group of great friends having a blast playing a show together. While playing “Warts,” Ana García Perrote and Ade Martín joined Cosials on vocals. For fans of the Madrid band, there could not have been anything more magical than seeing the four ladies rock out together.
While Hinds was getting set for another song, there was some talking among the audience, to which Cosials jokingly commented, “Guys please be quiet, we are tying to play a show here,” only to break into laughter shortly after. The ladies then announced they were going to play fan favorite “Bamboo” off their first release DEMO from 2014. Cosials, Perrote, and Martín came together shoulder to shoulder with guitars on their knees as they worked up into playing the song. While playing their hit, the ladies all took turns at singing on the microphone, when they weren’t all singing together that is. Of course, Hinds could not leave without playing “Garden,” from their 2016 LP Leave Me Alone. Cosials actually got the crowd to sing the first few lines of the song before Hinds broke into the guitar melody. As Hinds sang, “Cause I can take you dancing,” the crowd took it as a cue to start dancing. Before ending their set, Hinds played “Davey Crockett,” leaving the audience satisfied with a complete dose of saccharine garage rock. After, they said their goodbyes to the crowd, smiling and waving, as they slipped away off stage.
Next up was Chicago band, Twin Peaks. This would be their fourth performance in Portland within the last year, their last show also at The Doug Fir, back in September. Twin Peaks opened with “Butterfly,” off their latest album Down in Heaven. The instant they started playing, the area right in front of the stage became a mosh pit, and while a handful of fans had to step back because they couldn’t take it, the dudes of Twin Peaks embraced it, playing and singing even louder.
All throughout their show every single member of Twin Peaks was on the move, whether it was jumping while playing or dancing along with the audience. Mid set, an audience member yelled out, “You guys are supposed to get rowdy!” Clay Frankel agreed. After, every song they played was louder than the last. The energy that even reached a peak, as they started playing “Making Breakfast.” The crowd was going wild as they sang along to the lyrics, “Spending time together.” After Twin Peaks all said thank you to the Portland crowd and left the stage. Of course, the crowd was not buying it. They cheered “encore” in unison until Twin Peaks came back on stage. “Your wish is our command,” Frankel graciously declared before they played a couple more songs before they really left the stage for good. Overall, both acts played a fun filled and intimate show for younger fans that couldn’t make the later, 21+ show.