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Hinder performing live
Background information
Origin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Hard Rock, post-grunge, alternative rock, glam metal
Years active 2001–present
Labels Universal Republic
Website .com.hinderonlinewww
Members Nolan Neal
Cody Hanson
Joe "Blower" Garvey
Mark King
Mike Rodden
Past members Austin Winkler
Cole Parker

Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe 'Blower' Garvey, and former lead singer Austin Winkler. The band was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2007. The band is best known for their early hits such as Get Stoned, Lips of an Angel, Better than Me, How Long, Use Me and Without You.


  • History 1
    • Formation, Early History and Far From Close 2001-2004 1.1
    • Extreme Behavior: 2004–2007 1.2
    • Take It to the Limit: 2008–2009 1.3
    • All American Nightmare: 2010–2012 1.4
    • Welcome to the Freakshow and Departure of Austin Winkler: 2012–2013 1.5
    • Replacing Austin Winkler and New Music: 2014–present 1.6
  • Live performances 2
    • Tours 2.1
  • Musical influences and style 3
  • Band members 4
  • Discography 5
    • Studio albums 5.1
    • Extended Plays 5.2
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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,[1] when he met drummer Cody Hanson and guitarist Joe Garvey at a college party.[2] 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 cd's. 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.[3] A year later in late 2004 or early 2005 it is still unknown, bassist Mike Rodden and rhythm guitarist Mark King joined the band.[1] Former lead singer Austin Winkler wrote the majority of the band's music on their first four albums, along with drummer Cody Hanson.[4]

Extreme Behavior: 2004–2007

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;[3] later that year, their major-label debut album, Extreme Behavior, was released.[5] The album was produced by Brian Howes, who, along with Cody Hanson and Austin Winkler, wrote most of the material on the album.[6] The album was engineered by Mike Fraser and Jay Van Poederooyen.[7] The album reached triple-platinum certification for sales,[5][8] albeit Allmusic calling Extreme Behavior "one of 2005's worst albums".[6]

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,[3] 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.

On December 21, 2007, Winkler was arrested in Jonesboro, Arkansas on suspicion of DUI after leaving his engagement party.[9]

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. 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

Through late 2008, Hinder headlined the Jägermeister Music Tour with Trapt and Rev Theory also on the bill.

Winkler and actress/model Jami Miller were married in late July 2008. Winkler met Miller while filming the music video for Hinder's cover of "Born to Be Wild", which was filmed for NASCAR.[10]

In early 2009, Hinder embarked on Mötley Crüe's Saints Of Los Angeles Tour, which also included Theory of a Deadman and The Last Vegas.

In July, Hinder embarked on Nickelback's Dark Horse Tour, which ran through Live Nation outdoor amphitheaters; other bands involved on the tour were Papa Roach and Saving Abel.

On March 27, 2013 Take It To The Limit was certified gold in the US.

All American Nightmare: 2010–2012

During early 2010, the band was engaged in writing and recording material for their third album,[11] titled All American Nightmare.[12] The album was released on December 7, 2010, with the first single, the title track, released on September 14, 2010.[11][13] Although the album was originally planned to be produced by Howard Benson, Kevin Churko was later announced to be the producer.[11]

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."[14]

Welcome to the Freakshow and Departure of Austin Winkler: 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.[15]

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 Winkler had entered rehab, and would not be touring with the band for the remainder of the summer tour dates. Jared Weeks, former lead singer of Saving Abel, was recruited to replace Winkler for the band's 2013 tour dates.[16]

On November 20, 2013, it was announced via Loudwire that the band had parted ways with their lead singer Austin Winkler, citing that there was no animosity towards him, they just felt it was time to move on.[17]

Replacing Austin Winkler and New Music: 2014–present

After finishing touring with Jared Weeks, the band entered a lengthy period of inactivity. In July 2014, the band posted a video on its Facebook page announcing new music and plans for a new tour, as well as thanking fans for their continued support, and apologizing to fans for providing no news for several months.[18] in 2013, Nolan Neal was added to the band as the lead singer. In November of 2014 they were signed to The End Records for their upcoming single “Hit The Ground”, due out November 24th and new album coming in 2015. They also signed with Career Artist Management. [19]

Live performances

Hinder have allegedly often sent scouts into the crowd at their concerts to pass out VIP passes to good-looking women.[20]

Hinder live
Hinder live


  • Girls Gone Wild Tour. (Headlining) with Rev Theory.
  • 2010 Summer Tour. (Headlining).
  • Summer/Fall Tour. 2012 (Headlining) with Lynam.
  • Bare Bones Tour. (Acoustic) Fall & Winter 2012 (Headlining).

Musical influences and style

Their music has been described by critics as, hard rock,[21] post-grunge,[22] alternative rock,[23] and glam metal.[24]

The band's influences include: Bush, Collective Soul, Creed, Foo Fighters, Guns N' Roses, Kiss, Nickelback, Nirvana, Soundgarden,[25][26][27] The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Rainbow, Bob Seger, Ozzy Osbourne, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, AC/DC,[28][29] and Mötley Crüe.[30]

Band members


Studio albums

Extended Plays


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  2. ^ "Hinder Biography". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 10 May 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hinder - 2007 Inductee". Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "'"Hinder: 'We Bring The Fun Back Into Rock-n-Roll!. 23 September 2006. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
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  8. ^ Falina, Melanie.An Interview with Hinder’s Joe “Blower” Garvey Retrieved on 2010-07-16.
  9. ^ "Singer Popped After His Engagement Party". TMZ. 23 December 2007. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "HINDER Frontman Says Married Life Keeps Him 'Level-Headed' - Oct. 27, 2008". 27 October 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  11. ^ a b c "Hinder Halfway Through Recording New Album". Rockstar Weekly. Retrieved 17 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Hinder Title New Album". Tunelab. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "HINDER - LATEST NEWS". Hinder official website. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Hinder Write A Box Set’s Worth Of Material For New Album". Attention Deficit Delirium. 18 November 2010. Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hinder Music on Facebook". Hinder via Facebook. August 9, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  16. ^ Ouellette, Mary (July 12, 2013). "Hinder Frontman Austin Winkler Enters Rehab, Saving Abel's Jared Weeks Fills In On Tour". Loudwire. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ Ouellette, Mary (November 20, 2013). "Hinder Officially Part Ways With Frontman Austin Winkler". Loudwire. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ Hinder. "Hinder". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  19. ^ Hinder. "Hinder". Facebook. Facebook. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Hinder brings party to Rock Girl pageant". Metromix. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
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External links

  • Hinder's official site
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