Hinder & Nonpoint plus Special Guests
Sat, May 6, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pmTrees
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Hinder, the multi-platinum Oklahoma City rockers, are gearing up for their fifth studio album When the Smoke Clears (set for release via The End Records/ADA this spring).
Singalong anthems, such as "Get Stoned" and "Lips Of An Angel," shot them to megastardom, establishing Hinder as the next wave in anthemic rock. Now with over a decade-plus career under their belts, and having honed their live chops touring with the likes of Mötley Crüe, Nickelback, Aerosmith, and Papa Roach, Hinder's upcoming album with their official new lead vocalist Marshal Dutton has breathed new sound, and new air, into the ever-evolving band.
"We've made a really great record," said drummer Cody Hanson. "Once the fans get a hold of it, they will be very happy with it. This band was built around a strong core of hard work and friendship. Like it or not, we're going to be around for a long time."
The band, which released its debut Extreme Behavior in 2005, followed by 2008's Take It to the Limit, 2010's All American Nightmare, and 2012's Welcome to the Freak Show, has every reason to have that kind of unfettered confidence in the new album. They have an unfuckwithable foundation, one that is bolstered by true friendships and proven know-how when it comes to writing and recording songs.
The songs on When the Smoke Clears run the gamut from rowdy rock to subtle country influence to memorable pop hooks, all of which retain the DNA-distinct spirit of Hinder. That ability to walk the tightrope between genres, without a net, is something Hanson is proud of. "We can cross genres whenever we want," he said. "We don't want to be a band that can only do that one thing. We have something for everyone. We've always been that way. Having the ability to do our own production, having our own studio, gives us a chance to experiment and try new things."
"Hit the Ground" is a key song on the album, since the lyrical content is so genuine. "Through the years, we've been known as a party band," Hanson acknowledged. "That is still our thing, but we've lived every lyric in this song. We know what it feels like to have our entire world crash down around us. The song shows fans where we were mentally. And we know how true the last line of the chorus really is." The line he is referencing – the powerful statement that "Falling feels like flying 'til you hit the ground."
It was during the album cycle for their fourth album, 2012's Welcome to the Freak Show, when Hinder made the decision to part ways with longtime vocalist Austin Winkler. The band also left its longtime label digs at Republic Records and settled in at powerhouse indie label, The End Records.
What might seem like a time of uncertainty on paper was actually fueling the band's forward progress in reality.
Dutton, a part of the Hinder family since 2009, began co-writing/producing on the All American Nightmare album and has been a co-producer on every Hinder release since. He fell right in line, making the transition seamless without requiring any sort of learning curve or adjustment period, since Dutton was joining forces with a well-oiled machine, the members of which trust each other implicitly.
"Marshal has been helping mold the Hinder sound for several years," says Hanson. "Whenever we're working together, everything just feels right and it clicks. We couldn't be happier to finally announce him as an official member."
Despite the period of change, it was actually the Hinder faithful that inspired the band to continue on – Hinder's direct, personal connection to their fans that Hanson, Garvey, King, and Rodden worked diligently through the years to forge.
Hanson admitted, "We knew a change had to be made or we couldn't continue. We had fans reach out to us, asking us to figure out a way to keep going forward. That meant a lot to us. So we did what we had to do. The four of us have been playing music together for over a decade now. It's crazy to think we have spent as much time together as we have over the years and we're still such great friends. That's what sets this band apart. It's an amazing support system."
The fans are the only ones Hinder have to prove anything to. But Hinder know their audience and what their fans relate to, and they are confident that fans will respond to When the Smoke Clears. With a repository of hook-filled anthems that speak directly to their diehards, how could they not?
In late 2013, Nonpoint closed out a year of touring behind 2012's self-titled record, which yielded the Active Rock radio hit "Left For You." Fueled by that continued success and their time on the road, they immediately began writing for album number eight. This time around, the band amped ups the aggression musically, while Elias drew inspiration from a whole new well altogether.
"I was listening to a lot of hip-hop," he remembers. "When I finished listening to Kendrick Lamar's album good kid, m.A.A.d city, I felt like I knew the guy. That invigorated my creative flow. At the same time, Eminem does things lyrically and phonetically that challenge everybody on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. They both made some bold statements, and it gave me permission to go back in that direction. I wanted to play with vocal patterns and tell longer stories in some places, while saying very little in others. The record has its own DNA because each song respectively does as well."
In February 2014, with this mindset, the guys entered Groovemaster Studios with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny K [Disturbed, Staind, Megadeth] and engineer Daniel Salcidoto. It marked their second collaboration together, and this time, the band had already amassed an arsenal of tight and tough material.
Robb goes on, "Johnny is like the sixth member of our band at this point! He works us, and he pulls no punches. It was such a natural thing that we only needed to track for three weeks. Johnny understands the band and what we are, and he encourages us to be ourselves."
Not only does The Return match the pristine sonic power of Nonpoint, but the songs stand out as some of their catchiest and most crushing output to date. The first single "Breaking Skin" pierces with sharp and slick guitars before catapulting into a catchy chorus, punctuated by the vocalist's punchy delivery.
"It's about addiction, whether it be food, drugs, sex, lying, or anything," explains Elias. "That tends to turn into an itch. You can't stop scratching it so you break skin. Then, you're bleeding. You need to get help at that point and deal with it."
Robb adds, "'Breaking Skin' is a different kind of song for us. There's a lot of melody, but it's still so heavy. That heaviness has always been in the back of our minds. It's a natural direction for us. Most bands soften their sound as they go on. We get more aggressive and heavy. That's what Nonpoint does best."
Meanwhile, the record opens up with the taut thrashing of "Pins and Needles," which Elias describes as "That moment where you say something very candid to an opposing party, and you know you're going to get a reaction. You only want to retaliate, waiting to pounce."
"Razors" cuts deep with a bludgeoning and brutal stomp, and the title track captures a strong and rather crucial message for the singer. He continues, "When you look back in your past, you always will find people who didn't believe in what you were doing at the beginning. They end up coming around full circle later. Watching them come back is an interesting feeling. You can be a dick about it, or you can just be happy and live your life. That song is about opening the door and holding the proverbial slice of crow for them to eat high above your head."
A vital energy has coursed through Nonpoint's music since day one. As a result, they've sold over 800,000 albums in North America alone, yielding hits including "What A Day", "Bullet With A Name", and a cover of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight"—which appeared in Miami Vice. They've also crisscrossed the country with everybody from Stone Sour, Disturbed, and Papa Roach to Sevendust, All That Remains, and Device, also appearing at festivals including OZZfest, Rock on the Range, and Summerfest.
Ultimately, Nonpoint once again delivers a cohesive collection of powerful songs. "I want everybody to feel like they got a complete record from beginning to end," concludes Elias. "I want them to walk away with something substantial and true that they can hopefully come back to."
Robb leaves off, "Nonpoint has always been known for writing songs that help people. If we can help even one person feel better about his or her day, we've done well, as far as I'm concerned. I hope everybody gets something positive and can walk away with a smile."
Then they'll return for more…
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