Staying current: Social media, hit music in Hinder drummer’s sights
Hinder debuted in 2005 with “Extreme Behavior,” selling more than 3 million albums and breaking through with hit single “Lips of an Angel.”
It has been eight years since that first album, and Hinder has gone on to put out three additional albums, including its most recent, “Welcome to the Freakshow,” in 2012.
Armed with that arsenal of material, the rock band from Oklahoma comes to the area for Rock Jam on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Vocalist Jared Weeks of the band Saving Abel joined Hinder this summer while regular vocalist Austin Winkler is on leave. (Winkler posted an update Aug. 6 on hindermusic.com about his ongoing treatment.)
The other band members — Joe “Blower” Garvey on guitar, Mark King on guitar, Mike Rodden on bass and drummer Cody Hanson — have been together since the early 2000s.
In advance of Rock Jam, Hanson talked about the band’s crazy summer, Hinder’s prolific use of social media and how a bunch of Oklahoma guys ended up in rock instead of country music.
Melinda Mawdsley: Thanks for joining me. What has your summer been like?
Cody Hanson: It’s been crazy to be honest. We’ve gone through a lot this summer, with people having to leave the band and having to figure out different lineup changes, how to construct our set and pack that into very few rehearsals. A couple weeks ago, we got into a bus accident and our guitar player had to have surgery to get his cheek repaired in a very short time to not miss more shows.
Mawdsley: What happened at the end of July with that bus crash?
Hanson: We were going down the highway and some lady completely ran a red light and didn’t see us.
Mawdsley: She didn’t see your tour bus?
Hanson: Yeah. Exactly. I don’t know how that’s possible. Our driver had to lock up the brakes. He didn’t hit her, but when you are standing on a bus, and the bus stops, you don’t stop. Our tour manager ended up flying 15 feet and his head went completely through a wood door. “Blower” had to have several stitches and surgery on his cheek bone. It could have been worse.
Mawdsley: Has something like this happened before?
Hanson: No. We’ve been lucky. We’ve had a lot of really good drivers.
Mawdsley: When did this current tour start?
Hanson: We’ve been at if for a couple months now.
Mawdsley: What’s your tour bus like, this home away from home?
Hanson: I don’t know. It’s kind of like, I don’t know how to put it, a frat house from growing up? We’re a bunch of dudes who are pretty laid back, who like to have a good time, just talking trash like guys do. We’re pretty low maintenance, as long as we have our bottles of vodka and our Jager(meister) machine and keep it stocked with ice.
Mawdsley: You guys are from Oklahoma. I thought everyone in Oklahoma liked country.
Hanson: (Laughing). Country’s big in Oklahoma, but country’s big everywhere now. When we were in Oklahoma, it was a big emo scene. There were a ton of emo bands. Our bass player Mike was in an emo band and hated us. He obviously left that band.
Mawdsley: I know not every original band member is part of this current tour, but every original guy is still part of Hinder, a rock band sticking together for more than a decade. How’d you do that?
Hanson: Like I said, this whole summer has been crazy, especially with the four of us. We’ve really had to come together and stay super-tight and stay friends. We’re more than friends. We’re family. We keep everything light. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re normal dudes who like to go out and play music.
Mawdsley: Hinder has an area of its website dedicated to a Twitter feed, where the band posts and retweets consistently. You have more than 1.2 million “likes” on Facebook and an Instagram account. You seem pretty plugged into social media.
Hanson: Yeah. I try to be as on it as much as possible. We have a guy I’m constantly sending ideas and pictures to. We’re always bouncing ideas back and forth between everybody. I think I probably stay on top of it more than anybody else. Social media is a big tool. It’s a great way to stay in contact with your fans.
Mawdsley: Has Hinder ever performed in western Colorado, specifically, before?
Hanson: I’m sure we have. We’ve played all over Colorado. We like to go to a lot of different places and a lot of different venues. People want to have a good time and throw down everywhere.