Happy belated 311 Day! Whether you weren't aware or just simply forgot, 311 celebrated their very own holiday this past Saturday, March 11 (3/11)!
In honor of this year's festivities, the multi-platinum band has announced their new album Mosaic, its first single, and a massive headlining tour. Check out all the deails you'll need below!
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Mosaic will be 311's 12th studio album, and is set for a summer release through BMG. It was produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston, who also worked on 311's Transistor, Soundsystem, and more recently, 2014's Stereolithic.
The album art will also be unique for this LP, as the band compiled millions of photos sent in by fans to create a literal mosaic. However, we'll have to wait a bit longer to see what it will look like. When asked what inspired this concept, singer and guitarist Nick Hexum stated, “The Mosaic cover captures the spirit of the collective nature that is 311—band & fans together to form something greater than the sum of its parts.”
Further discussing the idea behind the album title, drummer Chad Sexton had this to say: “We feel this word can accurately describe our band, music and our fan base together. For us, it's still a celebration. For the simple fact that if people have different sets of ideas and opinions, likes and dislikes, and are able to get along and come together over the one bond they share (music)—there is no satisfaction like the joy experienced when this happens. It's a celebration over the triumph of our differences and it's the main concept we've been presenting throughout our entire 27 year journey-UNITY.”
The new record will feature 17 new songs, paying tribute to some of their longer efforts such as Transistor, which saw 21 songs make the cut back in 1997. You can preorder Mosaic here, where you can also view specialty bundles, pre-sale tickets, and prize giveaways.
Sexton further elaborated on the track count: “The album is 17 songs that we're really proud of—and that really capture the musical range of 311. While we've been mixing the album there have been several moments that reminded me of Transistor (311's seminal 4th album). Mosaic definitely takes some steps forward into more modern territory, but there are distinct reminders of where we come from in the songs. Something about blending an older 311 style with a newer 311 style is really exciting to us and I think it will be for the fans too.”
The first track making its way to the airwaves is “Too Much To Think,” which comes with a lyric video that you can watch below. The song's groove will ease its way into the listeners' ears, as 311 blends a modern feel of the reggae, rock and rap elements they've been so highly praised for throughout all these years.
And if this weren't enough awesome news for the Excitable camp, 311 have also announced their 18th-consecutive summer headlining “Unity Tour!” Along for the ride this time around will be New Politics, Passafire and The Skints, of which the latter two will appear on select dates.
The tour will take eight weeks and make a staggering 40 stops around the country, so check when they'll be coming to a city near you! Tickets are available here, and the full list of dates is available below.
When discussing the direction the band took on the record, Hexum noted “innovation” was the theme: “The key word for this set of tunes is innovation. We went in some new directions, which will surprise people. Music is a never-ending journey. I'm always proud of how diverse the styles are that we include in our music. MOSAIC is our most adventurous collection yet. Some of our highest energy jams ever. Funky grooves, dub riddims, party anthems, heartfelt sincerity, it's all in there. I think the dynamics are the newest feature. Having builds inspired by very modern music raises the intensity to new heights.”
With all this news amidst a holiday celebrating the band, it's no wonder 311 fans across the globe are rejoicing. This summer will surely be something to look forward to!
Have a listen to 311's first single “Too Much To Think” from the forthcoming album Mosaic—and check out their tour dates and preorders while you're at it! Let us know how pumped you are for some new 311 jams!
311 SUMMER TOUR DATES 2017:
6/22-Cleveland, OH Hard Rock Live
6/24-Montebello, Quebec Amnesia Rockfest
6/25-Detroit, MI The Fillmore
6/28-Columbus, OH Express Live
6/29-St. Louis, MO Pageant Theatre
6/30-Lincoln, NE Lincoln on the Streets Party
7/2-Chicago, IL Northerly Island Pavilion
7/3-Kansas City, MO Crossroads
7/4-Indianapolis, IN Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
7/6-Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
7/7-Hampton Beach, NH HB Casino
7/8-Portland, ME Maine State Pier
7/10-Buffalo, NY Artpark
7/11-New York City, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
7/14-Long Island, NY Great South Bay Music Festival
7/15-Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
7/16-Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
7/19-Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours
7/21-Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing at Festival Pier
7/22-Hartford, CT CT Convention Center
7/24-Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
7/25-Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
7/26-Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
7/28-Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
7/29-Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
7/30-Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
8/1-Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
8/2-St Augustine, FL St Augustine Amphitheater
8/4-New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Amphitheater
8/5-Houston, TX Revention Music Center
8/6-New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amp
8/8-TBA, TX TBA
8/10-Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
8/11-Denver, CO Levitt Pavilion
8/12-Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
8/14-Boise, ID Revolution Concert House
8/15-Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
8/16-San Jose, CA City National Civic
8/18-Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Beach
8/19-Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
8/20-San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
9/1-Virginia Beach, VA American Music Festival
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