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Time off freshened Hinder for new album

of the Oakland Press

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The members of Hinder tried something different before starting work on their third album, “All American Nightmare” — they took time off.

In fact, the Oklahoma quintet spent eight months apart after it finished touring to promote 2008’s “Take It to the Limit.” Frontman Austin Winkler says the change of pace was a bit “traumatic” after nearly five years of nonstop roadwork, but he feels the break worked to the new album’s benefit.

“We just took some time off to kind of reflect on the big, whirlwind, fantasy type of life that we’re leading,” says Winkler, 29. “It’s pretty crazy because when you’re on the road and you’re touring and you’re playing and all of a sudden you have eight months off, it’s just kind of bizarre.

“But I think you can tell from the topics and the unique kind of songs that are on this record that we really had a chance to let these new songs grow.”

There was plenty of material, too — more than 70 songs, by Winkler’s estimate, which were narrowed down to the 11 that appear on “All American Nightmare,” which is due out Dec. 7. The instrumental tracks were recorded at drummer Cody Hanson’s studio in Oklahoma City, while Winkler and producer Kevin Churko worked on the vocals in Las Vegas.

“It was crazy; we had never done that (many songs) before,” Winkler says. “Usually we’d just written what the label asked for. And this was a long process, man. Obviously there’s some that didn’t make the record that maybe’ll pop up somewhere else — or maybe not.

“Because they’re our children, y’know, our babies, it was a little difficult. There was a little butting of the heads over which ones we’d (put on the album). In the end we love ‘em all, though, so we’re nothing but happy.”

Hinder, My Darkest Days, Default and American Bang perform Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $25 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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