Hinder remains in complete control of its destiny
By the time Hinder’s debut album, Extreme Behavior, was released in 2005, the era of big-riffed, big-haired arena rock was long over, but that didn’t stop the Oklahoma rockers from recapturing the glory of bands like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard with their unapologetically over-the-top anthems. Clearly, the hunger for old-fashioned, hook-laden hard rock hasn’t gone away, and Hinder quickly scored hits with songs like “Lips of an Angel,” “How Long,” “Use Me” and “Without You,” bridging the gap between veteran arena rockers like Mötley Crüe (for whom they opened in 2009) and newer hard rock titans like Nickelback and Theory of a Deadman.
After a lull following the departure of original lead singer Austin Winkler, the band returned strong with new frontman Marshal Dutton, and has since released two more studio albums. In January, Hinder debuted the single “Halo” as the first song from their upcoming seventh album, preceded by this summer’s Lucky 7 Tour. “We’re excited about releasing the next album, but in a different way than usual,” drummer and founding member Cody Hanson said in the tour announcement. “We’ve never had the opportunity before to completely control every aspect of the creative process until now.” As always, Hinder is succeeding by forging its own path.
House of Blues at Mandalay Bay, 7 p.m. July 21, $15 plus tax and fee, 18+. 702.632.7600