Hinder’s 2005 power ballad, “Lips Of An Angel” was the breakthrough hit for the band that led to worldwide tours, multiple albums, and even induction into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. But whatever happened to the rock group? Today, we look into Hinder and see where they are now.
Hinder was formed by lead singer Austin Winkler, drummer Cody Hanson, and lead guitarist Joe Garvey in 2001. After recruiting bassist Cole Parker, they recorded a 4 track demo disc, with the track listing “Someday”, “Like Me”, “Broken”, and “Worthless Home”. The tracks “Someday” and “Broken” would later be re-recorded and put on their debut EP Far From Close.
After the release of Far from Close, Hinder was offered record deals by Atlantic Records, Roadrunner Records, and Universal Records, eventually signing with Universal Records in 2005; Later that year, their major-label debut album, “Extreme Behavior”, was released.
Hinder’s debut single, “Get Stoned”, from the album “Extreme Behavior” was released in October 2005. The band’s second single, “Lips of an Angel”, entered charts in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore; the song lasted for 41 weeks in the New Zealand charts, two weeks of which were spent at the number one spot. The band’s third single, “How Long”, was released in September 2006 and appeared at number six on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
Their second song to be released in New Zealand was “Better Than Me”, which spent three weeks on the New Zealand charts, peaking at number 16.
In 2007, Hinder was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
The second album, “Take It to the Limit”, was released on November 4, 2008; the album marked a change in style in Hinder’s music in that it moved the band in a slightly more glam metal-influenced direction.
In 2013 it was announced that lead singer Austin Winkler had entered rehab, and would not be touring with the band for the remainder of the year. Marshal Dutton, a close friend of the band, was brought in to fill in on lead vocals for a couple shows until Jared Weeks, of Saving Abel, joined the band to fill in for Winkler for the rest of the tour.
On November 20, 2013, it was announced via Loudwire that Austin Winkler had left the band.
In July 2014 the band posted a video on their social media sites apologizing to fans for their inactivity and to announce that they had been writing new songs for the new album while searching for a new lead singer.
In January 2015 Hinder officially announced that Marshal Dutton would be their new lead singer, via social media sites. Dutton has been affiliated with the band since his former band Faktion toured with Hinder and Rev Theory on the Girls Gone Wild tour back in 2006. He had also been writing and recording for the band since 2009 when they were going through the writing and recording sessions for “All American Nightmare”.
Dutton had been working on every Hinder album since even co-producing “Welcome to the Freakshowalongside” drummer Cody Hanson.
On August 29, 2017, it was revealed the remaining original members of Hinder were suing former lead singer Austin Winkler for trademark infringement. The lawsuit alleges Winkler was promoting his own performances for his Spring 2017 solo tour and music by the “unlawful use and exploitation of the Hinder trademark,” and the group was asking Winkler to cease infringement and to pay over “all gains, profits and advantages realized from his infringing.”
In early January 2019, Hinder announced their new single titled “Halo” would be released January 25, and would serve as their lead single for their untitled upcoming seventh studio album which is to be released later this year.
Former lead singer Austin John Winkler released his debut EP titled “Love Sick Radio” in 2016. He released a total of 3 projects in 2016, but nothing since.