I was recently turned on to the American rock band, Hinder. I downloaded the band’s latest album, All American Nightmare, as my place of departure for exploring this band. During my first listen through, I was thinking, yeah I can dig this band. Then the real test came when I popped them on my workout play-list. I was not disappointed. Good old hard rock with a little post-grunge thrown in the mix as well.
Words and music, Eddie Wilson said. I must admit, I am partial to the words, being a half-assed poet and writer myself. I do dig the beat, but the lyrics are what win me over in the end, and Hinder has some fantastic lyrics on this album. Stuff like:
Whatcha gonna do when the whiskey ain’t working no more?
Life don’t feel like before, whatcha gonna do?
You told me you hated my GNR shirt
I should have know then this is never gonna work
About the time the Stones came on
we were stoned out of our minds
I know it’s only rock and roll
but it’s the soundtrack of our lives
The music is great too, which makes this album completely work for me. My favorite tracks are:
Put that Record On which has a nice nostalgic tone for rock and roll to it. Reminds me, like Austin Winkler crones, that rock has indeed been the soundtrack to my life.
Hey Ho is a fun tune that takes a shot at hip-hop, but it’s a funny tune so I’ll forgive them for that.
I like the heavy guitars in Striptease, a song that shouts out against fake pop divas. I love the line: You gotta shake that ass, ’cause we know you can’t sing.
My other favorite is Bad Mutha Fucka, a groovy little number that says it all in the title.
I pretty much love the whole album. Give them a listen: