On Wednesday, October 17, Hinder invaded Sammy T’s in downtown Huntsville. Their two supporting acts were Within Reason and Lynam, both bands that hail from the city of Birmingham.
The doors opened at 7 p.m. and the show began two hours later. By the time Within Reason, the first act, took the stage, Sammy T’s was packed with a rowdy audience ready for some rock.
Within Reason played for only thirty minutes, but they certainly left an impression on the audience. The band managed a total of eight songs, two of them covers: a rock version of “Ayo Technology” by 50 Cent ft. Justin Timberlake, as well as their own version of Linkin Park’s “Bleed It Out.” The highlight of their set, however, seemed to be an original. The audience went wild as Within Reason tore into the very first track from their album Bloodshot Life, “Bring ‘Em Out.” The ultra-anthemic track permitted much audience participation. The members of the band were energetic and appeared to be having a good time, and that served to increase the audience’s enthusiasm for their set, as well as the ones to come.
After a brief interlude, and an introduction by Cassio, a DJ for Rocket 95.1, it was time for Lynam. The front man/guitarist Jacob Bunton definitely knew how to work the audience. The band opened with “Tanis,” the third track from their fourth studio album, entitled Slave to the Machine. Lynam went on to play a collection of songs that spanned their entire career. Drummer David Lynam did a solo that made the room bounce, and Jacob impressed the already lively crowd with his shredding skills.
They broke off during their last song, “Left for Dead,” for their own brand of audience participation, Jacob setting aside his guitar and taking his microphone from its stand, leading the crowd in a brief rendition of “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” as made famous by Twisted Sister. Once he had the audience chanting the well-known chorus, he said “I’m coming in. Y’all had better catch me” and fell into the audience. He was passed along by an audience still repeating “We’re not gonna take it! No, we ain’t gonna take it!” When he made it back to the stage, he retrieved his guitar and transitioned back into “Left for Dead,” ending with the solo as the finale of the set. The band was all over the place, playing it up for and to the audience. They were obviously pumped up and full of adrenaline and judging by the mob that later gathered around their merchandise table, they were a hit. It was even stated by a few at the end of the night that Lynam’s performance was better than Hinder’s.
Finally, it was the moment for which everyone was waiting. The members of Hinder walked out onto the stage to immense cheers and loud roars of approval. The band ripped straight into “Two Sides of Me” from their third album, All American Nightmare. The rest of the set comprised a fairly even mix of the old and the new, including four of the five singles from Extreme Behavior and four tracks from the currently unreleased album, Welcome to the Freakshow, including their latest single “Save Me.”
Hinder’s biggest response came during “Lips of an Angel,” the second single ever released by the band. Vocalist Austin Winkler could have just let the crowd sing the entire song if he’d so desired. The band left the stage after roughly fifty minutes, only to come back and do two encore songs, closing their set with their very first radio hit, “Get Stoned.” The band were enjoying themselves and feeding off the energy from the crowd, but Austin’s performance seemed a bit forced. Most of his actions were mechanic and one could tell he had said the same words to audiences all over the world a million times before. That being said, the show was still amazing, the effort put forth by his band mates more than making up for Austin’s slightly lackluster performance.
The show left nothing to be desired. Within Reason and Lynam were the perfect matches for Hinder. Every single person walking out of the club at the end of the night was smiling and chattering excitedly. It was a night that will be remembered by all who attended.