If you have been around rock radio and the culture as I have for many years, you know the name. However, judging by the small crowd at the Kern County Fairgrounds on Friday night (Sept 30th) one might wonder about Hinder. For a time, the band, from Oklahoma, disappeared from the music scene, after parting ways with former lead singer Austin Winkler.
Playing to a small, but enthusiastic crowd, the band worked through an hour and fifteen minute set of their hits, a fantastic cover of Stone Temple Pilots “Wicked Garden,” an acoustic song, and some new music. The band is outstanding, experienced, and enthusiastic, especially founding member and drummer Cody Hanson, who is extremely talented. I had not listened to much of the band’s material since new lead singer Marshall Dutton took over. Marshall has been around the band for years, filling in on vocals and writing some songs, all while Austin was in rehab and they waited for Jared Weeks, from Saving Abel, to be lead vocalist. As things turned out, Marshall was given the permanent job in 2015.
“I am optimistic they can achieve a new sound and success with lead singer Marshall Dutton that will allow them to continue to be a player in the rock music scene.”
Marshall is enthusiastic, interacted with the crowd, and kept the energy up. He definitely has the experience, however, I am not sold on Hinder’s new sound. The raspy, unique rock voice of former lead singer, Winkler, made the band. Reminiscent of Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, (Hinder toured with Nickelback in 2009) Austin had a similar type voice and Marshall simply does not. At times, I thought the microphone he was using was damaged as his vocals did not sound clear, plus their was some processing and echo, which I did not care for, but overall, I don’t feel he fits in the picture for Hinder to continue at the success level they had with Winkler.
Much of the sparse crowd sang along with many of Hinder’s hits, such as “Lips of and Angel,” “Use Me,” and the encore set of “Better Than Me” and “Get Stoned.” The crowd sitting around me slowly disappeared as the set wore on, never returning. I am optimistic about the future of the band. I will say that they were extremely friendly and relaxed in meeting with me before the show. Their new album, which they said does not have a name yet, should be out some time in early 2017, with approximately 13 tracks of new material. I am optimistic they can achieve a new sound and success with lead singer Marshall Dutton that will allow them to continue to be a player in the rock music scene.
Author: Dave Rodgers
Dave Rodgers is a veteran radio personality, currently working on the air in Bakersfield, CA, and has been a radio personality for three decades. He is also the owner of a mobile disc jockey and entertainment service as well as a teacher. While he has contributed a couple of reviews, he has decided to focus on his company.