IF YOU GO
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where: Club Gossip, 1743 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown
Tickets: $23 at surfthevalley.com
1743 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown
By JOHN BENSON
Hinder frontman Austin Winkler’s party image may precede him, but no one could have expected how the Oklahoma native started out a recent phone interview to promote the band’s upcoming new CD, “All American Nightmare.”
“I’m drunk as [expletive],” said Winkler, calling from Fort Wayne, Ind.
Though Hinder’s excessive and debauched exploits over the past few years would make Poison’s Bret Michaels’ blush, the early afternoon declaration was surprising. Maybe perhaps he’s just getting the evening started early?
“No, I’m just going a little late from yesterday into the morning,” Winkler said, laughing.
Inebriation aside, a quick history lesson on Hinder includes the band skyrocketing to the top of rock radio with its multiplatinum 2005 debut effort, “Extreme Behavior,” which included hit singles “Get Stoned” and “Lips of an Angel.” After years of touring, the band recorded its sophomore effort, “Take It To The Limit,” which predictably didn’t sell as well and brought the hard-rocking act back to earth.
Now comes the put-up-or-shut-up phase of Hinder’s career with “All American Nightmare.” Even though the band was creative and proactive with its songwriting and recording, that doesn’t mean that Winkler didn’t have fun in the studio.
“Our heavier songs are heavier, and we’ve got some unique songs on there,” Winkler said. “I’ve never been more proud of a record than this one. With ‘Take It To The Limit,’ it was ‘Extreme Behavior’ on steroids. What we did with this record was we went with a different producer and a different type of look. We decided it’s going to be like Southern rock with a twist, but still heavy. So we wrote 75 songs, and we were pushing to see what we can come up with.”
The results include the rocking title track, the album’s lead single, as well as the popish “Hey Ho” and the ballad “Whatcha Gonna Do.” Even though the new album doesn’t come out for a few months, Winkler said the band was itching to get back on the road to give fans a sneak-peak. This includes Hinder’s return to the area for a Tuesday show at Club Gossip in Austintown.
“Ha, Youngstown, what’s that place called, The Cellar?” Winkler said. “OK, you know what, it was really [expletive] cool. When we were there for the first time, and I still do this today because the crowd did it, in the middle breakdown of ‘Get Stoned,’ the crowd started singing the ‘Whoas.’ That’s my first memory of Youngstown. It’s awesome, and I still do that little shtick on stage today.”
So what’s that say about Youngstown?
“It says you guys are some nasty rock and rollers,” Winkler said, laughing. “And you love it.”