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|Birth name||Michael Barreto Hindert|
|Born||8 August 1980|
|Origin||Virginia, United States|
|Instruments||Bass guitar, backing vocals|
|Associated acts||The Bravery, The Danvilles, No Lover|
|Gibson Thunderbird Bass|
Hindert grew up in Falls Church, Virginia, where his identical twin, Bryan, plays bass guitar in a local indie surf rock band. He is actually a guitar player and ukelele lover who learned the bass guitar to join the Bravery, a multi-instrumentalist.
Before the band took off, Hindert worked as a waiter and delivery boy on St. Marks' "Yaffa Cafe".
Hindert was nicknamed "Dirt" by his fellow band mates, due to the confusion of there being two Mikes in the band. Instead of being called Hindert, they called him Dirt for short.
Hindert was also known as mike burrito hinder- his alter ego was known as a drunken mess at times. He frequently wore distinctive eyeshadow, a rockabilly styled pompador and a retro 1950s styled greaser wardrobe or no clothing at all. Hindert's wardrobe has now toned down significantly. Hindert's style and personality to date, has evolved into a somber, clean cut, mature 1960s mod conservative skinny tie-black suit combination.
The Bravery played at the Glastonbury Festival on 26 June 2005, following a year of success and increasing popularity. Their set was due to be broadcast live on BBC Three in the daytime, but had to be shown well after the watershed, as Hindert stripped naked on stage because of the hot weather.
Recently, Hindert has launched a record company, Merrifield Records .
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