Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, lead singer Austin Winkler and guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey. The band released four studio albums with Winkler; Extreme Behavior (2005), Take It to the Limit (2008), All American Nightmare (2010) and Welcome to the Freakshow (2012). Winkler left the band in 2013, and When The Smoke Clears (2015) was Hinder's first album featuring new lead vocalist Marshal Dutton.
The band was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The band is best known for their early hits "Get Stoned," "Lips of an Angel," "Better than Me," How Long, "Use Me" and "Without You."
The band's latest release, a six-song acoustic EP titled Stripped was released May 13, 2016.
Formation, early history and Far From Close: 2001–2004
Before the band formed, Austin Winkler sang in an Oklahoma City cover band until July 2001, when he met drummer Cody Hanson and guitarist Joe Garvey at a college party. Soon after meeting, the three formed Hinder. Hanson commented on Austin Winkler shortly after the band formed saying he was "blown away" and "he has the kind of charisma very few people have and that unique voice. You can't really compare him to anybody." Somewhere in the timeframe from July 2001 and early 2003 the three founding members recruited bass player Cole Parker, together the four recorded a 4 track demo disc, with the track listing "Someday", "Like Me", "Broken", and "Worthless Home". The tracks "Someday" and "Broken" would later be re-recorded and put on their debut EP Far From Close and the other two tracks "Like Me" and "Worthless Home" still remain unreleased, only being able to find them on their demo CDs, although they are now posted on YouTube. The band began performing at an Oklahoma City club called The Blue Note, building a local fan base. Profits from the shows went to advertising, as well as paying the expenses for the group's first release. In April 2003, Hinder entered the March Bandness contest for Oklahoma City radio station KHBZ-FM (94.7). They made it to the Final Four out of a field of thirty-two, ultimately losing to the OKC group Falcon Five-O. After saving enough money from local concerts the band's debut EP Far From Close was released in 2003 on the independent label Brickden Records and sold around 5,000 copies. A year later in late 2004 or early 2005 it is still unknown, bassist Mike Rodden and rhythm guitarist Mark King joined the band. Cody Hanson, along with former lead singer Austin Winkler, wrote the majority of the band's music on their first four albums.
Extreme Behavior: 2005–2007
After the release of Far from Close, Hinder was offered record deals by Atlantic Records, Roadrunner Records, and Universal Records, eventually signing with Universal Records in 2005; later that year, their major-label debut album, Extreme Behavior, was released. The album was produced by Brian Howes, who, along with Cody Hanson and Austin Winkler, wrote most of the material on the album. The album was engineered by Mike Fraser and Jay Van Poederooyen. The album reached triple-platinum certification for sales,
Hinder toured and released singles in support of their first album. Hinder's debut single, "Get Stoned", was released in October 2005. The band's second single, "Lips of an Angel", entered charts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore; the song lasted for 41 weeks in the New Zealand charts, two weeks of which were spent at the number one spot. The band's third single, "How Long", was released in September 2006 and appeared at number six on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
In 2006, as a Christmas gift to their fanclub, the Hinder Army, the band recorded their version of the public domain song "A Little Drummer Boy" and released it on their fanclub website.
Their second song to be released in New Zealand was "Better Than Me", which spent three weeks on the New Zealand charts, peaking at number 16.
In 2007, Hinder was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and in October of the same year, the band released their limited edition CD/DVD of Extreme Behavior entitled You Can't Make This S**t Up.
Take It to the Limit: 2008–2009
The first single from the band's second album, "Use Me", was released on July 15, 2008 and peaked at No. 3 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The second album, Take It to the Limit, was released on November 4, 2008; the album marked a change in style in Hinder's music in that it moved the band in a slightly more glam metal-influenced direction. The title track features Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars on guitar. They announced the release of the album's second single, "Without You," through their official MySpace page on September 13, 2008. Take It To the Limit debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 81,000 sales its first week and ended up going Gold in the US
On March 27, 2013 Take It To The Limit was certified gold in the US.
All American Nightmare: 2010–2011
During early 2010, the band was engaged in writing and recording material for their third album, titled All American Nightmare. The album was released on December 7, 2010, with the first single, the title track, released on September 14, 2010. Although the album was originally planned to be produced by Howard Benson, Kevin Churko was later announced to be the producer.
Winkler said that the group started recording during the touring cycle for Take It To The Limit. “We wrote 70 or so songs, recorded about 50 and cut it down to 12," the singer explained. "It’s something that we’ve never done before, so it’s like our ultimate baby. A lot of the [other] songs could be shit, too, we don’t know. You don’t really know until you put it out there and have more than two people’s opinion on it.” Both he and drummer Cody Hanson mentioned the song "Memory" as one that was a strong contender for the final cut. "It’s about being with your chick — the chick you’ve been with for a while, not some chick you’ve met on the road — and about being able to still have a good time with your wife or long-time girlfriend," said Hanson. "I’ve been in a relationship myself for nine years, so it was cool to write a song like that."
Welcome to the Freakshow & departure of Austin John: 2012–2013
On August 9, 2012, Hinder announced via Facebook and Twitter that their then-upcoming album would be titled Welcome to the Freakshow. It was released on December 4, 2012. Hinder released their first single, "Save Me", on August 30.
Hinder announced the Bare Bones tour to support the album in late fall 2012.
On July 10, 2013 it was announced that lead singer Austin John had entered rehab, and would not be touring with the band for the remainder of the summer tour dates. Marshal Dutton, who has filled in for the band in the past, was brought in to fill in on vocals until Jared Weeks, former lead singer of Saving Abel, was recruited to replace Winkler for the band's 2013 tour dates.
On November 20, 2013, it was announced via Loudwire that the band had parted ways with their lead singer Austin John, citing that there was no animosity towards him, they just felt it was time to move on.
When the Smoke Clears: 2014–2015
After finishing touring with Jared Weeks, the band entered a lengthy period of inactivity.
On July 7, 2014 the band posted a video on their social media sites apologizing to fans for their inactivity and to announce that they had been writing new songs for the new album while searching for a new lead singer. They also announced a string of shows throughout the rest of the summer. Although never announced officially, the band played their shows with Nashville-based singer Nolan Neal as the front man.
On December 9, 2014 Hinder officially announced their new album, and that it would be titled When The Smoke Clears. The album is slated to be released in the spring of 2015.
On January 20, 2015 Hinder officially announced that Marshal Dutton would be their new lead singer, via social media sites. Dutton has been affiliated with the band since his former band Faktion toured with Hinder and Rev Theory on the Girls Gone Wild tour back in 2006. He has also been writing and recording for the band since 2009 when they were going through the writing and recording sessions for All American Nightmare. Dutton has been working on every Hinder album since, even co-producing Welcome to the Freakshow alongside drummer Cody Hanson.
On March 17, 2015 the band released a preview of the first song on their record, "Rather Hate Than Hurt" via loudwire, making it the second song to be released since founding and former vocalist Austin John departed the band in November 2013. The band also revealed their new album When The Smoke Clears will be released on May 12, 2015.
The band went on tour in support of the new album starting in March 2015, they did a Summer tour throughout the U.S. with Full Devil Jacket and AGES APART supporting them.
Stripped EP and Untitled Sixth Studio Album: 2016-present
After playing a show at the venue "Ziggy's By The Sea" in Wilmington, North Carolina the group did an interview with The Baltimore Sun and talked about the band's place over the course of the past year while new lead vocalist Marshal Dutton blocked out all the hate and adjusted to being the band's lead singer. The group stated that the change in lead singers was a must happen for the band to keep the group alive, their comments were.
"It had really gotten to a point where they just weren't having fun anymore and dreading being out on the road in the past situation." "Now, the temperament of the band is great, and that seems to give a leg up to the writing and creative process. When everybody feels good and everybody enjoys everybody's company, it's really easy to write songs."
The band went on to say that the change in singers was a fresh start for both Hinder and Austin John, and that they will be recording to hopefully find their next big hit to live up to the reputation of "Lips of an Angel".
Also announced during the interview with the Baltimore Sun the band confirmed the group will be releasing a then-untitled acoustic EP and a full-length studio album with all new and original material. The projects are slated to be released in 2016.
On March 7, 2016 the band announced that their upcoming acoustic EP would be titled Stripped and will be released May 13, 2016. The EP will feature six tracks with one newly recorded track titled "Not An Addict" which was originally recorded by K'S CHOICE.
The band will also go out on tour in support of the new EP on the "Stripped Tour" with the new rising rock band Like a Storm, the tour will consist of 22 shows over the course of June through July 2016.
- Former lead singer Austin John Winkler departed the band in November 2013 to pursue his career as a solo artist. His first album is expected sometime in 2016, however he is going by "Austin John" for his solo career. His debut EP as a solo artist, titled Love Sick Radio, will be released April 22, 2016 through Amazon Music.
- Current lead vocalist Marshal Dutton was the part-time lead singer and full-time lead guitarist in the rock band Faktion. He is also the lead guitarist and backup vocalist for the country band Drankmore. He also has formed the record label "Back-Lounge Productions" with fellow Hinder mate Cody Hanson.
- Drummer Cody Hanson has provided drums for the band Drankmore's work. He is involved with the band with his fellow Hinder bandmates Marshal Dutton, Mike Rodden and Joey "Blower" Garvey.
- Extreme Behavior Tour. 2005–2007. (Multiple Supporting and Headlining Roles).
- Door to Dorm Tour. Spring 2007 (Headlining) with Papa Roach and Puddle of Mudd.
- Girls Gone Wild Tour. (Headlining) with Rev Theory and Faktion.
- Badboys of Rock Tour. (Headlining) with Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Rev Theory.
- 2008 Summer Tour. (Supporting) 3 Doors Down
- Jägermeister Music Tour. (Headlining) with Trapt and Rev Theory.
- Take It to the Limit Winter Tour. (Supporting) Motley Crue's Saints Of Los Angeles Tour. with Motley Crue, Hinder, Theory of a Deadman and The Last Vegas.
- Take It to the Limit Spring Tour. (Headling) with Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry and The Veer Union.
- Take It to the Limit Summer Tour 2009. (Supporting) Nickelback's Dark Horse Tour with Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel.
- 2010 Summer Tour. (Headlining).
- All American Nightmare Tour. Fall 2010–2011 (Headlining) with Saving Abel, My Darkest Days and Kopek.
- Summer/Fall Tour. 2012 (Headlining) with Lynam.
- Bare Bones Tour. (Acoustic) Fall & Winter 2012 (Headlining).
- Welcome to the Freakshow Tour. 2013
- Fall 2013 Tour: (Co-Headlining) with Candlebox. Supporting Acts; Devour the Day and Open Air Stereo.
- When The Smoke Clears Spring and Summer Tour 2015. (Headlining) with Full Devil Jacket and AGES APART.
- When The Smoke Clears Winter Tour 2016. (Headlining) with Shaman's Harvest , Within Reason, Sons Of Texas and AGES APART.
- Stripped Tour (acoustic) June–July 2016 (Headlining) with Like a Storm.
Musical influences and style
The band's influences include: Bush, Collective Soul, Creed, Foo Fighters, Guns N' Roses, Kiss, Nickelback, Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rainbow, Bob Seger, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and Mötley Crüe.