The five guys in Hinder make no bones about wanting to deliver straight-ahead, no-frills rock. “Five people singing and putting on a big rock show,” declares lead singer Austin Winkler. “We want to bring that back. It would be wicked if we could.”
It’s all going according to plan so far: The group’s debut album, Extreme Behavior (Universal Republic), effortlessly cracked the Billboard Top 10 and went platinum. The band’s mix of bedrock influences — ranging from Aerosmith and AC/DC to Buckcherry and the Foo Fighters — blends Winkler’s raspy “Blower” Garvey and Mark King, vocals with an arena-rock approach led by guitarists Joe anchored by bassist Mike Rodden and drummer Cody Hanson.
Hinder was formed in Oklahoma City in 2001, when Garvey and Hanson discovered Winkler singing for a cover band at a college dorm party. “I heard him and was blown away,” says Hanson. “He has the kind of charisma very few people have and that unique voice.”
The group’s dynamics quickly came together in rehearsals, as its members realized they shared the same goals. “We didn’t want to be just another faceless rock band playing depressing, ‘I hate my dad’s music’,” says Hanson, who writes most of Hinder’s material with Winkler. “We wanted to go out there and kick ass like they did in the ’80s.”
Sex and drugs (and of course rock & roll) flow freely through Extreme Behavior, from lead single “Get Stoned” (which Winkler describes as “Let’s get wasted and go have some make-up sex”), to party anthem “Room 21,” and even the ’80s hair-metal/power ballad pastiche “Lips of an Angel.”
“That’s what rock is supposed to be about: rebellion and having fun,” Hanson says. “We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to play music as a career, so we might as well take advantage of it and have a good time.”