311 Announce 11th Studio Album With Annual Mega-Concert
Ever since 2000, 311 have scheduled a mega-concert – essentially a five-hour performance spanning their extensive career – on March 11th, dubbed “311 Day,” but for 2014, the rock-funk outfit has something different planned: releasing a new album at the same time.
Guitarist and frontman Nick Hexum spoke with Nola.com about the upcoming performance in New Orleans and announced Stereolithic, the album that comes out through their own 311 Records. Hexum explained that they’ve always wanted to have an album coincide with one of their annual shows: “We’d always hoped to accomplish that, but the timing was never quite right. It’s excitement overload for our fans. It’s going to be a very special day.”
Later, Hexum reveals the band looks to remain innovative with its music while not putting long-time fans off in the process. Although Stereolithic maintains their sound, listeners should expect something different, he explained: “There are some classic 311-sounding songs on the record. Obviously, we’ve been doing mosh-able songs for a really long time. To do it in a fresh way is a challenge. ‘Breaking patterns’ was the buzzword around the making of the album. If this is how we would normally do it, let’s try it a different way to make sure it’s fresh. There are some vibes on the record that are definitely new.”
Stereolithic follows Universal Pulse, a mini-LP out in 2011. The release peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Alternative Albums and Billboard Rock Albums charts.
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