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Interview:
Hinder unplugs before it jumps into the "Freakshow"
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Given its run of rock chart singles -- nine Top 20 hits, including "Lips of an Angel," "Get Stones" and "Use Me -- Hinder isn't necessarily the first band you think of when it comes to acoustic performances.

But the Oklahoma quintet is doing just that with its Bare Bones Tour -- and having a ball, according to frontman Austin Winkler.

"We're going out and just giving fans a chance to check out our songs kind of stripped down and at their core," Winkler explains. "We're all about the songs. It definitely starts out with me and an acoustic guitar and Cody (Hanson) and an acoustic. We just start hammering it out and get the songs down and build them up from there.

"So that's kind of the idea of this tour is to give people an idea of the basis of songs and how it happens. They're just more under a microscope and a little more chill. It's pretty cool."

Winkler says fans can also expect to hear at least a half dozen songs from "Welcome to the Freakshow," Hinder's fourth album, which is due out December 4. The first single, "Save Me," is already out, and Winkler says it, like most of the album, were inspired by "a really, really dark drug binge" he was on during the making of the album, which landed him in rehab as soon as the recording was done.

"I was just in a very, very, very dark addiction," Winkler says, "and I think you can definitely hear the turmoil in my voice on these songs. It's interesting to go back and listen to them now, because they mean something completely different to me now that I'm (clean) and looking back on what was going on.

"That's the beautiful thing about music, I think. It can change from what you meant when you first did it. That makes (the songs) even more fun to sing."

Hinder performs Friday, Nov. 9, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 45 Monroe St., Detroit. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 313-964-7625 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

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