16 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hinder’s third album, the Oklahoma quintet breaks from their post-grunge trappings to create party anthems and lighter-hoisting arena rawk. All American Nightmare sounds like a tailor-made soundtrack for biker-themed drama; maybe not the classics like Easy Rider or The Wild Angels, but more contemporary works like 2007’s Wild Hogs or the Sons Of Anarchy television series. “2 Sides of Me” recalls recording effects from the ‘90s by opening with a mammoth guitar riff that suddenly stops to make way for distorted bullhorn vocals. The title-track flirts with Kid Rock-inspired Southern rock trimmed with the kind of keep-it-simple rhymes that might get an approving thumbs-up from Uncle Kracker, while the evocative “Hey Ho” unleashes opinionated anti hip-hop lyrics over Nickelback-esque balladry. Fans of Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen will find familiarity in “Striptease,” a commercial radio insta-hit that harks back to Black Oak Arkansas or Aerosmith. Of the five bonus tunes on the deluxe version (three are demos of album tracks), the confectionary “Good Life” proves to be the most catchy and festive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With Hinder’s third album, the Oklahoma quintet breaks from their post-grunge trappings to create party anthems and lighter-hoisting arena rawk. All American Nightmare sounds like a tailor-made soundtrack for biker-themed drama; maybe not the classics like Easy Rider or The Wild Angels, but more contemporary works like 2007’s Wild Hogs or the Sons Of Anarchy television series. “2 Sides of Me” recalls recording effects from the ‘90s by opening with a mammoth guitar riff that suddenly stops to make way for distorted bullhorn vocals. The title-track flirts with Kid Rock-inspired Southern rock trimmed with the kind of keep-it-simple rhymes that might get an approving thumbs-up from Uncle Kracker, while the evocative “Hey Ho” unleashes opinionated anti hip-hop lyrics over Nickelback-esque balladry. Fans of Sammy Hagar-era Van Halen will find familiarity in “Striptease,” a commercial radio insta-hit that harks back to Black Oak Arkansas or Aerosmith. Of the five bonus tunes on the deluxe version (three are demos of album tracks), the confectionary “Good Life” proves to be the most catchy and festive.

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3:17
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3:37
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3:48
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About Hinder

Hinder began crafting cocky, raucous post-grunge in the early 2000s, when Oklahoma City residents Joe Garvey and drummer Cody Hanson found Austin Winkler singing cover songs at a college party. The three formed the nucleus of Hinder, and the group started landing local gigs opening for such bands as Theory of a Deadman. Lineup changes brought guitarist Mark King and bassist Mike Rodden into the fold, and the quintet signed with Universal after issuing a self-released EP. Their 2005 full-length debut, Extreme Behavior, became one of the year's most popular albums, climbing to triple-platinum status and sending "Lips of an Angel" to number three on the singles charts. Hinder returned several years later with a second batch of party anthems entitled Take It to the Limit. All American Nightmare arrived in 2010, followed by Welcome to the Freakshow, the group's fourth studio album, in 2012. Winkler left Hinder in 2013. Jared Weeks filled in for a tour and then the band tested Nolan Neal before settling on Marshal Dutton in 2015. His first album with the band was When the Smoke Clears. Following the 2016 release of an acoustic EP called Stripped, Hinder released their sixth LP, The Reign in the summer of 2017. ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    2001

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