On the road for their three-month long ‘Lucky 7’ tour, Hinder has Fresno in their sights with plans to take over Strummer’s stage on July 23.
The post-grunge, hard rock band recently released a single entitled “Halo,” their first new music since the 2017 full-length release The Reign. The band plans to release their seventh studio LP later this year that will be the first they do completely on their own terms. Drummer, Cody Hanson explains: “We’re excited about releasing the next album, but in a different way than usual. We’ve never had the opportunity before to completely control every aspect of the creative process until now. We’ve worked really hard to get to this point and we can’t wait to share the outcome with our fans!”
Cody also took some time out of the band’s busy schedule to answer a few quick questions from the Flyer.
You’ve been on the road a few weeks now, how are you all holding up?
CH: We’ve done 27 shows in 30 days so this one has been a little grueling, but we’re on a two week break before we head back out so we’re good!
A recent article in The Washington Times stated that the band is currently not bound by a record label – it sounds liberating, is it?
CH: It is liberating. While it’s nice to have a team that handles the little details, it’s also nice to have complete creative control.
Hinder has stood the test of time (debuting almost fifteen years ago), what would you say is the backbone of that kind of success?
CH: I think our experience is definitely an asset. Everyone in the band has a role to play and they handle it without an ego. That’s pretty rare in a band.
Any pre-show rituals before hitting the stage?
CH: We always try to clear the bus an hour before the show to make some drinks, crank some music and warm up to get in the right headspace.
If each of you could play a show with any band, past, present, living or dead, who would you want to jam with?
CH: Personally, I think it would have been amazing to see Buddy Holly play a show.
Any post-show rituals?
CH: We usually just take some time to towel off, have a drink or two and discuss the show to see if there is anything we can improve. Then the party begins!
The new single “Halo” seems to suggest at some social commentary with its lyrics and accompanying graphics – is it? Or is that something for the fans to figure out for themselves?
CH: I think everyone has that “holier than though” person in their life. There are a lot of hypocrites out there. Hopefully, the message will get through to some people and help them to reflect upon themselves.
What drives you in the studio to write and keep writing?
CH: The fans. There aren’t too many things that feel better than when a fan comes up and tells you how your song has positively impacted their life.
It’s been 2 years since the last album – how much longer do fans need to keep waiting? Any hints you can give about a new album?
CH: That’s the great thing about doing this independently. We will release the album once we feel it’s worthy of our fans. Until then, we can release new music on a song by song basis.
Hinder comes to Strummer’s in Fresno on July 23 – tickets are available online at Ticketweb.com or at Strummer’s during normal business hours: 833 E Fern Ave, Fresno, 93728 or (559) 485-5356
“Halo” is live on Spotify and YouTube, along with the band’s entire discography.