Hinder, Josh Todd & The Conflict

The Chameleon Club Presents

Hinder

Josh Todd & The Conflict

Adelitas Way, Wayland

Tue, November 14, 2017

6:00 pm

Chameleon Club

$25.00 - $28.00

This event is 18 and over

Hinder
Hinder
Combining raw riffs with big hooks and vocal harmonies, Hinder take their cues from rock legends like Aerosmith, AC/DC, KISS, and Guns N’ Roses, and update them with modern guitar sounds. Their triple platinum debut Extreme Behavior documented the decadence and strained relationships of these retro rock juggernauts, whose subsequent cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” for NASCAR last year was
a natural extension of their lives on the road.

Now they are seeing how far they can push themselves musically and physically with the equally rowdy but more melodic Take It To The Limit, due out Nov. 4th, which is destined for equal if not greater triumph than its predecessor. Lead single “Use Me” has already generated massive radio buzz and impressive iTunes sales. Overall, the album is a potent blend of raucous anthems, melodic rockers, and introspective ballads that invokes the classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

What gives Hinder’s music the stamp of authenticity is the wild ‘n’ wooly lifestyle they lead. They do everything to the max – downing Jägerbull shots like water, encouraging audiences to “Get Stoned” each night, and partying with Playboy models on the set of their latest video. They even got the stamp of approval from one of their idols, Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars, who shreds on the title track to Take It To The Limit.

In spite of excesses that would hamper lesser bands, Hinder’s success is driven by pure passion and perseverance. Seven years ago, vocalist Austin Winkler fronted a cover band in their hometown of Oklahoma City, and he met drummer Cody Hanson and guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey through a fraternity party gig. “I kept on running into them and partying with them,” the singer recalls. “Then we jammed. We got together with one song and played it about 75 times. We recorded it on a piece of shit karaoke machine and played it to everybody. They thought it was amazing, even though it was probably the worst sounding thing ever.”

Anxious to boost their career into the stratosphere, the fearless fivesome snagged a loan for $45,000, journeyed to Vancouver, and recorded six demos with producer and future songwriting collaborator Brian Howes. But that was just the beginning. “Then we got our deal and re-recorded different versions of them as well as the other six songs,” recalls Blower. They signed with Universal Records after a bidding war ensued between three major labels. Ironically, Hinder had never played a show outside of Oklahoma.

Once they were signed, Hinder played anywhere and everywhere, from a crowded houseboat to a small club with a faulty sprinkler system that could have gotten them electrocuted. But they slugged it out for a year and a half before shattering the mainstream music barrier. Thanks to hard work, steady touring, and strong video airplay for their balladeering ode to infidelitous intentions, the crowd-pleasing “Lips Of An Angel,” which gets arena audiences singing along, they eventually sold three million copies of Extreme Behavior.

“One of the things that I think is cool is that we really put our lives and what we’re going through into our music,” states King. “I think that’s why people relate to a lot of our songs so well.”

A new tune destined to become a crowd-pleaser is the arena-ready title track for the new album, which features a guitar solo from Mötley Crüe axeman Mick Mars. The members of Hinder were ecstatic to receive him. “Mick Mars was all for working with us, and being huge Mötley Crüe fans we jumped at the opportunity,” enthuses Winkler. “We took the song to him, and he killed it! He heard the final version and said, ’It was a beautiful thing.’ We went to his house, and it was like the Batcave – nothing but guitars and amps. He is a vampire and so are all of us. It was an honor!”

While Hinder’s Take It To The Limit offers its share of party hearty rockers like the title track, “Use Me,” and “Up All Night,” the group also explores some angst in “Loaded And Alone,” with the lyric, “He wanted fame, even just a little bit / A shame, he would sell his soul for it.”

“I don’t want to say we wrote that about a specific person, but there are people who have some success and let it go to their head,” remarks Winkler. “They also don’t let anybody in and go through life without making any real connection [with anybody] and losing all their family and friends. We meet a lot of people like that in the industry.”

Another new song that offers personal insight is “Far From Home,” which was written on the road and tackles the subject of keeping a long distance relationship alive. “You can definitely do it, but it is a lot of work,” notes Hanson, “especially when you’ve got so many people out there dying to get into your personal life.” The drummer is referring to all the photos, misinformation, and innuendo that spread throughout the Internet at light speed. “I’ve died two or three times already,” quips Winkler. “I look pretty good for a corpse.”

On the flip side of the online conundrum, Hinder’s MySpace page has generated a staggering 28 million visits. “We had the number one MySpace page in all genres for a while, so we were getting ten messages a minute,” recalls Hanson. Given the feeling of instant gratification that online communication creates, one might think that the band might not be able to fulfill all of the expectations of their followers. “I think we’re pretty good to our fans,” counters Winkler, “and they’re amazing to us. We have events that allow them to come meet us.”

While life on the road is fun – and the band will be pounding the pavement for months to come – those long stretches of open highway can be tiring and dull. That’s where Blower comes in. The amiable guitarist, who obtained his nickname from his sexual exhibitionist tendencies, is the class clown of the band, literally. Blower will do anything for a laugh, even light his own testicles on fire. “I’d say Blower’s the secret to our success,” says King, only half-joking. “We’d be bored out here if it weren’t for him.”
Shenanigans aside, the boys in Hinder have worked hard to earn their touring stripes. “We did bust our asses to get here, but we have had a lot of fucking fun doing it,” proclaims King. “We’ve been doing it for a while and are still having a great time.”
Millions already jumped onto the Hinder bandwagon to indulge in Extreme Behavior. Millions more will soon join them in their quest to Take It To The Limit.
Adelitas Way
Adelitas Way
“Invincible,” the edgy, empowering rocker that kicks off the self-titled debut from Adelitas Way is also an apt description for singer Rick DeJesus’ undaunted focus and determination. Born and raised in a rough Philly neighborhood, he saw family members in jail and on drugs, and a friend shot in the head and killed by drug dealers. Rick’s future was likewise bleak -- “my friends were carrying guns, selling drugs, doing drugs, leading reckless lives. I knew I was going to pay the consequences,” Rick acknowledges. So, in 2005, grasping for any escape, on a dare Rick auditioned for a VH1 show that would take him to Los Angeles. With no idea what he was in for, in short succession Rick appeared on the VH1 show ‘Strip Search,” then ended up in Vegas, living in his car for three months, doing anything to make ends meet. “Anything” included the “American Storm” show at the Rivera. Rick calls his short stint in the revue “a rock moment. I was young, poor and crazy… and it beat robbing people.” It also allowed him the means to focus on the anthemic, potent hard modern rock that would become the calling card of Adelitas Way. Rick’s compelling personal dramas are channeled into his performances -- and every dynamic note on Adelitas Way. The heartfelt, radio-ready songs, captured by Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down), Adelitas Way, range from the sexy romp of ‘Dirty Little Thing” to the emotionally charged rock anthem of “Last Stand” to the classic mid-tempo rocker “Scream.”

Rick is joined by kindred spirits in the Las Vegas-based quintet. First to join Adelitas Way was Iorio, a high school senior who credits his “rock & roll parents” with getting him a guitar at 7, and turning him on to KISS, Ted Nugent and Van Halen. His style is a mix of ‘70s rock with modern flair, and he notes: “I like Slash and Randy Rhoads—both bluesy and ‘shreddy’ styles.” Trevor Stafford, an in-demand tour and studio drummer, was on Ozzfest with the band Shuvel at 17, and is a fan of System of a Down, Primus, and grunge. A Huntington Beach, California native, he moved to Vegas to be in the band full time. The final puzzle pieces are New York-bred bassist Derek Johnston and West Virginia native guitarist Keith Wallen, who joined after the record was complete. They both bring indie, hardcore and classic rock influences to the Adelitas Way stew.

Trevor gives major props to Rick for getting Adelitas Way shows with artists like Chris Cornell, Hinder and Tantric, and generating the huge industry buzz that ended with the band signing to Virgin. “I played with a lot of people,” says Trevor, “but never anyone like Rick; his work ethic is out-of-control amazing.” Rick and Trevor have more than rock in common. Determined to rise above the chaos of his existence in Philly, Rick graduated high school with a 3.7 GPA and went to college for three years, playing college baseball. Likewise, Trevor earned a partial baseball scholarship, but, like Rick, ultimately chose music. It wasn’t until Rick was 18 and snuck into a bar for an acoustic night, singing in front of 60 people for first time ever (and getting a standing ovation), that he thought, ‘hey, I might not suck!’” Now they’re team players in Adelitas Way, Rick’s winning personality and dogged work growing the band’s reputation one fan at a time, literally. “Every second of my life was focused on music. I bought nothing for the first year doing music in Vegas. I wore the same shirt every day. I handed a demo to every person I saw, and that’s how the mystique began. If I was in Walmart, Dunkin’ Donuts… I probably handed out 6,000 demos. So our first show we drew 900 kids at the Rainbow Bar.”

Rick and the band (in a different lineup) sold 10,000 self-titled records under their own steam, “Move On” earning #1 song accolades in 2006 on Vegas rock station KOMP. Regional tours further honed their reputation as a powerful live act, solidifying Rick as a charismatic frontman who wrote songs that exorcised and explored the demons of his past. Their songs, like “Scream,” written in a scummy Memphis motel room, are a whole-band effort. Rick’s lyrics are at once introspective, compassionate, unflinching and inspiring. On “Invincible,” a band favorite, Rick explains, “I was going for that ‘Incredible Hulk’ feeling; a song that pumps you up, a crowd-pleaser. It’s about our attitude: I’m not going to let anyone stand in the way of my dreams.”

One of the band’s most-asked questions is their name. Rick, the consummate storyteller on and offstage, relates a great true tale. During a band road trip to LA, they took a detour to San Diego, and when Rick woke up from a nap in the back of the band truck, they were getting arrested in Mexico. Corrupt cops robbed the band, but Rick secreted away a little cash in his socks. Freaked out, the band went to the first bar they saw in Tijuana to have a beer and calm their nerves. It was the Adelita Bar. “There were a bunch of young, really pretty girls and I realized it was basically a brothel,” explains Rick. “I chatted with one girl, questioning why she was living this life? And I wrote a song about it. The band name emerged from the sad stories behind the ‘Way’ they lived at the Adelita—Adelitas Way. As a songwriter,” Rick continues, “I’m very emotional, I put myself in people’s shoes a lot and live vicariously. My songs are about true situations.” That’s reflected in their well rounded and timeless album. For instance, “All Fall Down” is about Rick’s headspace before he left the mean streets of Philly. “Before I moved, everything was gloomy and depressing. But as a kid, your only concern was what you were going to be for Halloween, or get for Christmas. So the song is about how you should have savored those moments. I took things for granted.”

In 2009, with the rising success of Adelitas Way, Rick takes nothing for granted, and some days, feels lucky just to be alive. As teenage guitarist Chris observes, “we made it this far by hard work and nickel-and-dimeing it, vans breaking down in the middle of the desert, the whole bit. It took a while to find this ideal lineup, where we all want the same thing. And everything finally feels right.
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/