Austin Winkler says that the high expectations for Hinder’s sophomore album, “Take it to the Limit,” were undeniable. “There’s a lot of pressure felt when you have a 3.5 million (selling) record hanging over your head and you’re going back into the studio fresh,” Winkler, 26, says of 2005’s “Extreme Behavior,” which vaulted the Oklahoma quintet into multi-platinum territory on the wings of the massive hit “Lips of an Angel.”
“The pressure was there; we could feel it, but in a ay we didn’t feel it ‘cause the songs we were coming up with were flowing out so well.
“The bottom line is that we wrote 18 tracks for (‘Take it to the Limit’), we recorded 18 tracks for the record and we’re confident ... that we’re at the top of our songwriting. We can’t be any better than we are right now.”
Winkler says that he and drummer Cody Hanson — who co-founded Hinder with guitarist Joe Garvey in 2001 — were “always writing on the road and coming up with new ideas” throughout the tour for “Extreme Behavior” — including a song called “Heaven Sent,” which was performed at some of those shows.
The duo finally hunkered down earlier this year for writing sessions in Florida and British Columbia before hitting the studio with the band and producer Brian Howes.
“We didn’t set out to do anything in particular,” says Winkler. “A song’s a song; you just have to make it good, y’know?
“(The album) turned out bigger and better than (‘Extreme Behavior’). Sonically it sounds better. We’ve matured as songwriters. (Howe) is a better producer than he was on the first record. We let all our influences — Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses — all bleed through this time.
“It’s just a better album, and that’s really all we wanted it to be.”
Hinder headlines the Jagermeister Music Tour at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 19) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Trapt and Rev Theory are also on the bill. Tickets are $26.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.livenation.com.