Hinkley, formed in 2000, is a Rochester, NY band whose influences run deep in traditional American music but are often likened to contemporary independent artists such as The Shins, Sparklehorse and Wilco.
Formed after another Rochester Band, Muler, was dropped from Dedicated Records in 2000, Hinkley originally started as a recording project consisting of Will Veeder, Sean Leahy (Bass and Drums in Muler) and Stacey Ackerman (Will's wife who provides much needed guidance and background vocals). The output of these early recordings was released later in 2000 under the title "Listening for the Breathing". In an attempt to play the recorded material for a live audience they solicited members of other fine Rochester bands for help. Their first show consisted of Will Veeder - Vocals/Guitar, Sean Leahy - Vocals/Guitar, Jona Toll (Visionstain) - Guitar, Keith Parkins (Quitters,Tiger Cried Beef) - Bass and Charles Leport (Pengo, Visionstain) - Drums.
Sean left the band to raise three boys sometime in 2002. He was replaced by Otto Hauser (Espers). Hinkley recorded a number of songs on their own and put out an E.P. titled "Frail and Poker Faced" in 2004. Otto moved to Brooklyn to play with Espers and was replaced by Matt Brauch (BirdCircuit) who was then replaced by current member Gregory Paul (Autumdivers).