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February 21, 2013

JENNINGS: Hinder still finding their place; playing Rapids on Saturday

Night & Day — Oklahoma has made some great contributions to popular music including the Broadway musical, Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, Roy Clark, Carrie Underwood and even Color Me Badd.

As far as rock bands go, Oklahoma isn’t known for many, and perhaps the best known rock band to emerge from Oklahoma is coming to The Rapids Theatre Saturday night. That band is the multi-platinum selling Hinder, best known for their mega-hit “Lips of an Angel.” They are currently touring in support of their recently released album, “Welcome to the Freakshow.”

So how did a rock band succeed in an area not known for producing rock bands?

“We took advantage of it, and it gave us the opportunity to be the band we wanted to be. When we started the whole indie rock thing was popular on the coast but in Oklahoma City they still loved the old-fashioned rock and that’s what we were doing, so it worked out great for us,” said Hinder drummer and co-founder Cody Hanson by phone from Oklahoma City.

If you listen to Hinder they might remind you of some of the great bands from Canada, and Hanson thinks there may be a reason for that.

“When we first started the bands we looked up to were all Canadian. It’s interesting you bring that up because I am in the studio working with a famous Canadian musician right now, Sal Costa from My Darkest Days.”

Hanson is more than just a drummer, he is the main producer of Hinder’s latest album and gets a writing credit on all the songs. Hanson also “discovered” Hinder singer Austin Winkler at a party when Winkler was singing in a cover band.

“I remember him doing a Godsmack song and maybe some Seven Mary Three. What caught my attention is that he doesn’t sound like anybody else.”

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