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November 24, 2017

Art of Music: 311 Announces Tour Dates, Releases Single, “Too Much to Think”


(March 13, 2017, Courtesy 311) It’s official.  311 launches their eight-week North American tour on June 22nd in Cleveland, Ohio. Special guests for some shows include “New Politics” or “The Skints / Passafire.” 311 will also make headline appearances at several festivals and radio events. The full tour itinerary (June 22-Aug 20) is listed below and at http://www.311.com/shows.

(311 Photo by Brian Bowen Smith)

PHOTO L-R: Drummer CHAD SEXTON, singer/guitarist NICK HEXUM, singer S.A. MARTINEZ, guitarist TIM MAHONEY and bassist P-NUT.

LISTEN TO THE SONG (CLICK BELOW):

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE – Pre-orders from Pledge Music for “Mosaic” (digital, CD, Vinyl, and autographed bundles) include codes for first access to summer tour pre-sale tickets & VIP packages, prize giveaways and access to behind-the-scenes news, photos and videos of the making of the album.

The 17-song MOSIAC  album is produced by John Feldmann (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, etc.) and Scotch Ralston (who produced 311’s iconic Transistor, Soundsystem, and Stereolithicalbums). With MOSAIC, 311 are approaching their 10th consecutive Top 10 album debut on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart.

Q: Why is the album titled MOSAIC?

Nick Hexum photo courtesy Gibson

NICK HEXUM (singer/guitarist): “We wanted a title that pointed to our collective nature. Something that referred to the eclectic style of our music and the bond between the band members and our fans and this title really captures that.”

Chad Sexton photo courtesy 311

CHAD SEXTON (drums): “We wanted to include our fans in the concept of this record. We have a very symbiotic relationship with our fans that see us year after year.  We wanted to find a word or phrase that would describe our fan base, our band, and our music and to tie it all into a concept that could be presented in the album artwork as well.  Where we landed was perfect….MOSAIC.  As one definition states:  “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole.” 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.”

Q: How would you describe the album’s overall sound?

NICK HEXUM: “A menagerie of styles created by five friends and our extended musical family at our best!  Innovation, fun, chops, and heart.”

P-Nut photo courtesy Fan Pop

P-NUT (bass), adds “Fresh, Hard and Satisfying… Future-rock at our best… We’ll always be forward-thinking and flipping the script on ourselves.”

HEXUM continues, “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.”

Q: The cover artwork for your new album MOSAIC is made up of thousands of photos submitted by fans?

NICK HEXUM: “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.”

Q: Why 17 songs on MOSAIC?

CHAD SEXTON: “We know the trend these days is to release shorter albums or even just singles but this album is dedicated to our longtime fans and we wanted to give them everything.  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.”
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2017 SUMMER TOUR DATES:
DATE LOCATION VENUE
THU
6/22
Cleveland, OH Hard Rock Live
SAT
6/24
Montebello, Quebec Amnesia Rockfest
SUN
6/25
Detroit, MI The Fillmore
WED
6/28
Columbus, OH Express Live
THU
6/29
St. Louis, MO Pageant Theatre
FRI
6/30
Lincoln, NE Lincoln on the Streets Party
SUN
7/2
Chicago, IL Northerly Island Pavilion
MON
7/3
Kansas City, MO Crossroads
TUE
7/4
Indianapolis, IN Pavilion at Pan Am Plaza
THU
7/6
Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
FRI
7/7
Hampton Beach, NH HB Casino
SAT
7/8
Portland, ME Maine State Pier
MON
7/10
Buffalo, NY Artpark
TUE
7/11
New York City, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
FRI
7/14
Long Island, NY Great South Bay Music Festival
SAT
7/15
Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
SUN
7/16
Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
WED
7/19
Glen Allen, VA Innsbrook After Hours
FRI
7/21
Philadelphia, PA Penns Landing at Festival Pier
SAT
7/22
Hartford, CT CT Convention Center
MON
7/24
Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
TUE
7/25
Washington, D.C. Fillmore Silver Spring
WED
7/26
Charlotte, NC Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
FRI
7/28
Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
SAT
7/29
Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
SUN
7/30
Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
TUE
8/1
Boca Raton, FL Sunset Cove Amphitheater
WED
8/2
St Augustine, FL St Augustine Amphitheater
FRI
8/4
New Orleans, LA Bold Sphere Amphitheater
SAT
8/5
Houston, TX Revention Music Center
SUN
8/6
New Braunfels, TX Whitewater Amp
TUE
8/8
TBA, TX TBA
THU
8/10
Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino
FRI
8/11
Denver, CO Levitt Pavilion
SAT
8/12
Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater
MON
8/14
Boise, ID Revolution Concert House
TUE
8/15
Eugene, OR Cuthbert Amphitheater
WED
8/16
San Jose, CA City National Civic
FRI
8/18
Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Beach
SAT
8/19
Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
SUN
8/20
San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union OAT
FRI
9/1
Virginia Beach, VA American Music Festival

Cover artwork for “Too Much To Think”
the first single off 311’s forthcoming album “MOSAIC”
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