Hinder, others will bring rocking night to Augusta

Rock fans can rock out all night long with three bands visiting Augusta next week.


Multi-platinum-selling American rock band Hinder will perform at The Country Club with special guests Saving Abel and Kopek on Feb. 24.

Hinder, which released its third studio album All American Nightmare in December, has achieved five Top 5 rock singles, including Get Stoned, Lips of An Angel, How Long, Better Than Me and Use Me . The band has sold nearly 4.2 million albums in the U.S. and toured the world continuously for four years.

The rock band has performed in Augusta several times, said bass player Mike Rodden.

"Every time we play there, it's great. Even in the early days before people even really knew us. It seems like a rockin' town. We're going to keep coming back as long as people come to see us," Rodden said during a phone interview from Chicago, where Hinder was scheduled to perform at House of Blues this week.

The five-member band also includes Austin Winkler (vocals), Mark King (guitar), Joe "Blower" Garvey (guitar) and Cody Hanson (drums).

Since Hinder formed in 2001, the band has put in a lot of hard work that has paid off, Rodden said. The group's 2006 debut album Extreme Behavior remained on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts for more than 70 weeks and went triple platinum.

Hinder is so successful because fans can relate to them, Rodden said.

"Whenever we go about the song-writing process, we write about things that have happened to us. I think a lot of people can relate to the stuff that we've been through in our lives. Whenever they hear a song that they can relate to, it kind of pulls them in and makes them a fan of the band," Rodden said.

As the members get older, they've changed their approach to the music. For their first album, they had six songs written and completed the rest of the album in the studio. For their third album, they wrote 75 songs and recorded 50, asking for input from family, friends and fans on which songs to include.

Hinder is still promoting its third album and will tour until the end of February.

"The reception from the crowd of all the new material has been great. We love our fans. We go out and talk and hang with them all the time, so we've built a really strong family with all of our fans," Rodden said.

Rock bands Saving Abel and Kopek will also perform at The Country Club next week.

The five-member Saving Abel formed in 2004 and released its second album, Miss America, last year. The album entered the Billboard album chart at No. 24. The band has toured worldwide, including in India, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq.

Now in their late 20s, Irish trio Kopek formed as teenagers. Drummer Shane Cooney and bassist Brad Kinsella grew up as next-door neighbors in Dublin and shared a love for classic and modern rock music. They decided to form a band and put an ad in the paper for a singer, which vocalist Daniel Jordan answered.

The band has been perfecting its craft for years, touring relentlessly and winning competitions from 2002 to 2009. In 2005, Kopek won Best Live Act at the Global Battle of the Bands, earning $100,000 and a world tour. The band signed with Dublin-based record company Religion in 2009 and produced its debut album White Collar Lies .

If you go

WHO: Hinder, with special guests Saving Abel and Kopek

WHEN: 8 p.m. Feb. 24

WHERE: The Country Club, 2834 Washington Road

TICKETS: $22 advance, $25 at door; augustacountry.com