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Hinder - Extreme Behaviour

Hinder, Extreme Behaviour

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

FANS of bands like Guns ‘N’ Roses, LA Guns, Motley Crue and Nickelback ought to flock to Hinder’s debut album, Extreme Behaviour given that it’s cut from exactly the same cloth as many of those kinds of bands.

We’re talking crunching guitar riffs, loud, aching vocals and tales of hedonistic excess. It’s politically incorrect, and defiantly so, recounting tales of hard-drinking, hard womanising and hard as nails anti-sentiment. Unfortunately, it’s an absolute turn off for anyone who thinks American rock bands all sound the same. On the evidence of this, they do.

Needless to say, with its classic hard-rocking American values, Hinder’s album became one of the few new US breakout stories of 2006, with Extreme Behaviour jumping to No.6 on the Billboard 200 in November.

The band’s monster hit single Lips Of An Angel reached the Top 10 of the Billboard 100, top five of the mainstream rock charts and climbed the radio airplay charts to No.1 at Mainstream Top 40 radio, where it remained for three weeks. The video continues to be one of the highest played on VH1. And digital sales of the single have surpassed the 1.5 million mark.

The band is led by the powerhouse vocals of Austin Winkler and includes Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey and Mark King on guitars, Mike Rodden on bass and Cody Hanson on drums. They’re musically tight and genuinely encapsulate many of the virtues of classic American rock bands.

But their sound will probably have a limited appeal. It’s a bit too similar to the likes of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Nickelback (who they ironically toured with last year).

The singles virtually pick themselves. Get Stoned is far from the rallying call to the slacker generation its name suggests but rather a meaningful lament about dysfunctional relationships that’s driven by Winkler’s throaty vocals and some suitably powerful guitars.

Nothin’ Good About Goodbye is another gutsy lament about yet another broken down relationship, and Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know) is steeped in the kind of bitterness that helped Alanis Morrissette make her name (the song kicks off with the lyrics “I’ll go ahead and pour myself a drink, I really couldn’t care less what you think”).

There’s a quieter moment of self-discovery on Better Than Me, a brutally honest track, while Lips Of An Angel is a power-ballad that’s rooted in Nickelback How You Remind Me territory – slow-building its way to an emotive chorus with its tale of temptation and infidelity.

The trouble is, it’s hard to escape from the feeling that you’ve heard this kind of thing done many, many times before – and as good as some tracks are, they all have a familiar ring. That really is a hindrance to Hinder.

Download picks: Get Stoned, Better Than Me, Lips of An Angel

Track listing:

  1. Get Stoned
  2. How Long
  3. By The Way
  4. Nothin’ Good About Goodbye
  5. Bliss (I Don’t Wanna Know)
  6. Better Than Me
  7. Room 21
  8. Lips Of An Angel
  9. Homecoming Quen
  10. Shoulda