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Hinder Biography

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Birth Place: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Years Active: 2001–present
Genres: Hard Rock, Post-grunge, Glam Metal, Alternative Metal

Hinder is an American rock band from Oklahoma that was formed in 2001 by drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe Garvey, and singer Austin Winkler. The band was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

Before the band formed, Austin Winkler sang in an Oklahoma City cover band until July 2001, when he met drummer Cody Hanson and guitarist Joe Garvey at a college party. Soon after meeting, the three formed Hinder and began performing at the Oklahoma City club The Blue Note, building a local fan base. Profits from the shows went to advertising, as well as paying the expenses for the group's first release, an EP entitled "Far from Close." The EP was released in 2003 on the independent label Brickden Records, and sold around 5,000 copies.

Two years later, bassist Mike Rodden and rhythm guitarist Mark King joined the band. Winkler writes the majority of the band's music, along with drummer Cody Hanson. After the release of "Far from Close," Hinder was offered record deals by Atlantic Records, Roadrunner Records, and Universal Records, eventually signing with Universal Records in 2005.

Later that year, their major-label debut album, "Extreme Behavior," was released. The first single from the band's second album, "Use Me", was released on July 15, 2008 and peaked at #3 on the US Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The second album, "Take It to the Limit," was released on November 4, 2008. "Take It To the Limit" debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with 81,000 sales its first week.