Former Hinder vocalist Austin Winkler has issued a statement regarding his official exit from the band after he left the group’s lineup during a tour earlier this year and entered rehab. Winkler said, “It’s with a heavy heart that I announce after 12 years of being the lead singer of Hinder, the band and I have decided to part ways. I wish the guys nothing but the best in the future. I want to thank each and every one of you all for your love and support over the years, and especially over the last four months on my road to recovery. All the messages you sent me on Twitter and Instagram really helped me get through this difficult time in my life. I’m happy to say I’ve been sober for 150 days.”
- Winkler added, “I’m really passionate about the new project I’m working on. I have been in the studio nonstop and can’t wait to share this new music with you . . . Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being with me on this journey. We’re just getting started!”
- Hinder made its split with Winkler permanent last week, with drummer Cody Hanson saying in a statement, “I’m really proud of what we accomplished over the years. We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best. Although it was a difficult decision, it was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on.”
- Hinder used a couple of temporary vocalists for the bulk of its touring following Winkler’s departure, most notably Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks. There’s no word yet on the group’s plans for a new singer.
- The band has spent much of 2013 on the road in support of its fourth album, Welcome To The Freakshow, which came out last year.