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Hinder brings 'Freakshow' to Capone's

Staff report • Oct 12, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Everyone’s “Welcome to the Freakshow” at Capone’s in Johnson City on Saturday, when Oklahoma City hard-rockers Hinder will give fans a sneak peek at their fourth full-length album for Republic Records, due in stores and online Dec. 4.

Show time is 8 p.m.; doors open at 7. Opening act is Lynam. Tickets are $25.

After selling millions of albums with “Extreme Behavior” and “Take it to the Limit,” touring the world for five years and living large, the rowdy boys in Hinder — Austin Winkler (vocals), Mark King (guitar), Joe “Blower” Garvey (guitar), Mike Rodden (Bass) and Cody Hanson (drums) — faced the reality of a subdued life at home.

They had a new album to finish and also needed to adjust to a civilian existence after an endless party. It was more of a startling transition than they expected, but it also gave them some time to contemplate their lives and what the future may hold. The result of all that soul searching was the band’s 2010 release “All American Nightmare.”

The most striking reflection of their situation is the song “What Ya Gonna Do,” which asks the question without providing a clear-cut answer.

“It’s not about an answer, it’s about how everybody interprets it,” Winkler said. “That song is really personal and hits home with me because we are out on the road [a lot], and partying eventually does get old. You grow up and have to deal with reality. Whenever you step on a tour bus it’s a fantasy world. That song came from touring nonstop for five years and then taking eight months off and adjusting to life in general. This isn’t going to last forever, and how are we going to adjust all of the damage that we’ve put our bodies through? I ran my liver into the ground.”

“We’re not stupid, we know this ride will end eventually,” concurred Hanson, who co-produced the album with Kevin Churko. “Whenever we submitted the song to our A&R guy, he always loved it but wanted the answer. We tried to come up with ideas for it, but that isn’t the point of the song. It’s an open question that we don’t know the answer to. It is a real and personal song to us, so we didn’t really feel that we should change it.”

The guys in Hinder certainly haven’t lost their bad boy edge, even as they are growing older and wiser. Many of the songs on “All American Nightmare” walk the line between party-hearty antics and second thoughts about where their wild ride is taking them. The title track even warns, “Be careful what you wish for when you dream.” The metallic “Waking Up the Devil,” which Winkler says is the heaviest song the band has ever recorded, talks about the things that bring out their wild side. And “Two Sides of Me” discusses the duality inherent in everyone.

“‘Two Sides of Me’ is me to the T,” Winkler said. “I had a title for a song, and we wrote that pretty quick. I can be this genuine, sweet, shy dude, and then when I hit that limit and go overboard, I can be a totally different guy. I don’t care who you are, there are two sides to everybody.”

“We’re all really nice guys — at least we consider ourselves to be real nice, polite people — but at the same time at night, when shots go down and we start drinking, we also have that side,” added Hanson. “We’re those guys that are all or nothing. We either don’t do it or just go full steam ahead, at least that’s how I like to live my life. Either put 110 percent into something or nothing at all.”

Hanson and his band mates have poured blood, sweat and tears into the forthcoming “Welcome to the Freakshow.” “Save Me,” the album’s anthemic first single, debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes music charts upon its release Oct. 2.

The album was co-produced by Hanson, Hinder’s drummer, and Marshall Dutton in a hometown studio. Instead of simply sticking to a tried-and-true formula, the group decided to smash boundaries, experimenting with rock, pop and even a little country.

For more information about Saturday’s concert, call Capone’s at (423) 928-2295 or visit w w w. c a p o n e s j o h n s o n c i t y. c o m .

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