Hinder, Black Stone Cherry - Straight from the heart rock 'n' roll
On March 30th, I was about to do an interview with Black Stone Cherry. I had heard of them before but it was only one day before the interview (and show) when I was able to listen to their new self-titled album. I was immediately impressed by their fresh sound and after doing the interview with drummer John Fred and bassist Jon I was extremely excited to see these guys play live.
Unfortunately Black Stone Cherry was the support act for tonight. Afterwards that turned out to be a horrible mistake (in my opinion) ‘cause by no means main act Hinder could surpass BSC’s incredible good show.
It wasn’t that hard to have a good time listening to BSC ‘cause basically every song of their new album kicks major ass. But the greatest song I was waiting for was ‘Lonely Train’. The song structure of that song simply rocks and I cannot imagine someone not diggin’ this song. This song must make you move and if it doesn’t you’ll probably prefer listening to Beethoven or Bach.
The good thing of their show was that the sound was pretty clear, thus creating a nice balance between the instruments and the vocals, which most of the times came through pretty good. I was also surprised by singer Chris’ live skills because I can’t remember hearing anything false coming from his vocal chords. Though, the most impressing man on stage this night was drummer John Fred. This guy hits his drums like his life depends on it and he does it in a very enjoyable way. Add to that, that he’s an extremely nice guy (which goes for all the guys by the way) and you got yourself a first-class entertainer. Awesome!
You can clearly notice the passion for music within this band. I know it sounds cliché but it’s just a fact that the music BSC makes comes straight from their hearts. A very tight, passionate show that I would love to see way more often! Hopefully these guys will return to Europe soon and YOU better be there! Hell yeah!
After the spectacular show of Black Stone Cherry, Hinder had the difficult job to succeed their performance. Musically the bands have quite a few similarities, but the rock of Hinder has far more soft emotional touches. Hinder did have a good active stage performance, but it was far less spectacular than that of Black Stone Cherry, which isn’t strange of course when you’re playing a softer kind of music. Naturally, the attention was more focussed on the touching emotional singing of frontman Austin Winkler, who didn’t get out of tune and acted like Steve Tyler behind his microphone standard, which was fully covered with bras, but his unoriginal emotional singing couldn’t get to me. Many girls however ate out of his hands, especially when the singles ‘Get Stoned’ and ‘Lips of an Angel’ were played. It was a good performance for the ones into this kind of emotional soft rock, but for me Black Stone Cherry definitely was the stronger band this evening.
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