Hinder Talks "Welcome to the Freakshow"
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:14:22
Hinder's fourth studio album, Welcome To The Freakshow, is truly a roller coaster.
The band's swaggering hard rock roars as loud as ever on "Save Me" and sexy, sly "Ladies Come First". However, there are some truly potent and pensive moments on the likes of "Get Me Away from You". It's their biggest, best, and most bombastic outing to date.
In this exclusive interview, lead guitarist Joe "Blower" Garvey talks Welcome to the Freakshow and so much more.
What's the story behind "Save Me"?
It was a story we all felt together. As a band, we've seen and done a lot of things. We've grown up and experienced so much together. There are people still telling us how to be and how to look though. The song tells them, "Whatever, we can do things on our own way. We don't need to be saved anymore". As far as the composition goes, we just started jamming it. Cody had an idea, and we all had little parts—and a few beers [Laughs]. It came together naturally.
Do you have a favorite song on the album?
It's hard to pick just one! We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this album. I tend to favor the heavier material. "Save Me" is definitely a favorite. "Freakshow" is also pretty heavy. I love to play that kind of stuff live.
Was it important to tread new territory?
This is probably our most diverse album to date. We've covered all kinds of genres on this from the ballads to the heavy music to pop to even songs that cross over into country. It's everything. We're hoping everyone likes at least one song on this because I feel like we've covered every element [Laughs].
Did you have one vision or vibe in mind for Welcome to the Freakshow as a whole?
We're so proud of this. Without having any big time producers come in and tell us what to do, Cody produced this. It was awesome to be in the studio together and focus on our own input. It was cool to see everything come together by ourselves.
Did you get to try anything on guitar you had never done before?
It wasn't so much instrument-wise. We have a massive amount of guitars to choose from, which always gets me excited. Gibson has treated us extremely well. We were trying out different tunings, and we have a song called "Ladies Come First" that we dropped down to A-tuning. It felt like we were Korn for a minute, ripping out these low-end riffs that were as fun as hell to play. Now, I've got to get a new guitar with some bigger strings to play this live.
Very few bands still cater to the female audience like you do with "Ladies Come First"…
Absolutely! You've got to keep the chicks happy. They're the ones who keep the guys at the concerts [Laughs]. It's way easier to get along with a bunch of girls anyway [Laughs].
What artists really shaped you?
I'm all over the board. I'm an '80s rocker from Guns N' Roses to Mötley Crüe. I like the Three Days Grace boys. Growing up, I was into everything from blues to classic rock. Lately, I've been listening to Welcome to the Freakshow. I'm excited about playing all of the new songs live. We added "Save Me" and "Talk to Me" to the set. Everyone's responding really well.
Where did the album title come from?
When "Freakshow" was written, it was the runner-up for the first single. It fit with the "Freakshow" we are. We all loved the circus theme. Welcome to the Freakshow everybody.
If you were to compare Welcome to the Freakshow to a movie or a combination of movies what would you compare it to?
Good question! I haven't thought of that. Have you ever seen Hot Tub Time Machine? I'd love to put the Welcome to the Freakshow songs over that. You're just going back and having a blast. There are the ballads for the slow parts when everyone is chilling and having a good time. Let's put it on that [Laughs].
Will you be getting Welcome to the Freakshow? What's your favorite Hinder song?