December 14, 2012
Rams Head Live
Walking into the venue Nonpoint were already in the middle of their set & the first thing I noticed was the fact that they had a few new members since the last time I’d seen the band and they closed their set by asking the crowd if it was ok to play the song “Bullet...” despite the fact that a school shooting had happened on this very same day...the crowd had no issues with it & that’s how Nonpoint finished their set.
The last time Hinder played Rams Head Live they packed more bodies into the venue than they did on this night....don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of people there & both levels of the club were filled BUT it was not sold out or nuts to butts packed like it was last time they played here.
The stage set up was a tad scaled down since the last tour and the first thing I noticed upon getting close to the stage was the fact that they had no set list written on paper....instead their set list was written on popsicle sticks & placed on the bands pedal boards!
The audio mix for this show sounded clear and you could hear every nuance of the performance which was quite nice considering so many recent shows I’ve seen at this venue have sounded muddy & dull.
Hinder came out rockin’ hard and the thing with Hinder is that they are 100% commercial radio rock...every song is an anthem that’s specifically created for radio airplay and they mixed in 5 or so new songs amongst the bands popular older material...they pretty much played everything you’d really want to see/hear them play & then some!
One thing I did reference while watching this show is how much Hinder’s singer reminds me of Josh Todd from Buckcherry and what I mean by that is at this point Josh Todd has this very commercial quality, he started out as a gritty rocker & he slowly changed into the same type of rock singer that Austin is....that commercial, mainstream, radio rock guy who’s cliché in most ways & I don’t mean that in a bad way because they are laughing all the way to the bank, it’s just a very common look & mold that many modern hard rock bands fall into because that style makes money.
“Homecoming Queen” was one of my favorite songs of the night because it’s got a pop edge to it that stands alone in the bands set of mostly harder material & “Use Me” has always been hands down my favorite Hinder song...the line, “She’s gonna f**k Me & I Like It!” explains the pace/theme of that song quite well!
Here’s a not so random tip for all the guys reading this review: Go See Hinder play even if you don’t care for the music....the reason is simply because the crowd is 90% female & most of the girls at Hinder shows are hot!
All in all Hinder gave a great performance, they played all the hits, a few new songs and I give them credit for lasting this long because the music business devours bands like Hinder every day!
It’s also refreshing to see a band that had a good time onstage and the reason I say that is because every member of the band were all smiles this night...they interacted with the crowd & each other and they were clearly having a blast & enjoyed every minute of it!