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Saturday, May 28, 2022

How Band 311 Keeps Things Fresh and Exciting 30 Years in Their Career

311’s singer/guitarist/keyboardist Nick Hexum is well aware that many bands who have been around like his group for over 30 years have made releasing albums of new material a rare occurrence – or essentially entirely. Quit making new albums.

This happens for logical reasons. Veteran bands can tour on their back catalogues because fans mostly come to hear songs they know. And albums don’t sell in today’s world of streaming and downloads, which makes it difficult to spend the money and time spent recording new material.

But 311 is a longer band that has bucked that trend.

The group has released 13 studio albums since 1993 when the group’s first album, “Music”, came out. And the most recent album, nearly three years after the arrival of “Voyager”, stands as one of the longest parts without a new 311 album. Of course, having a pandemic that has halted touring for the time being, the gap between the albums is completely understandable.

For Hexum, the 311 has very good reasons to pump up the creative engines.

“I think if a musician believes that his creativity is at its peak and it’s all in the past, well, then that’s going to be reality,” he said in a phone interview. The band will perform alongside acts such as Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, The Steve Miller Band and others during the first day of the three-day Beachlife Festival in Redondo Beach, May 13–15.

“For some reason, we still believe in our hearts that we have as much or more exciting music (to make) than ever before,” he continued. “We know we’ve been doing this for a long time, so it kind of went into urgency like, ‘Hey, people are still really excited for our new music. As long as this window is open, let’s keep doing it. .'”

If anything, 311 has been feeling a creative rebirth in recent years. Hexum sees 2017’s “Mosaic” as an album that opened new doors creatively and put the band on a path that would propel the group for some time to come.

“With Mosaic, we broke this new spirit where, well, we’re going to make a definite part of a classic 311 album with riff rock and hip-hop incorporation,” said Hexum, offering up a description of his styles. Kay the two main elements in the band’s signature mix. “And we’re also going to have some departures that are new sounds that you’ve never heard before because otherwise, you’re like, well, we don’t want to give up our old style altogether, but we can’t keep one.” It’s working. So, we realized, okay, we’re going to do both (things).”

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To that end, “Mosaic” took 311 to new stylistic places on some songs and also featured some modern production touches that were new to the group. Hexum called “Voyager,” found the members of 311 – himself, drummer Chad Sexton, bassist, P-Nut, guitarist Tim Mahoney and vocalist/DJ SA Martinez – taking the exploration of new elements to a whole new level.

“We’re going even further on this current album, with some new styles you haven’t heard from us before, modern production, just getting into new territory,” Hexum said. “Then you’ll have super-classic, heavy riffs. It’s something for both guys. I love what true 311 fans love when we explore, but they also wouldn’t want us to completely let go of our roots.” So we’ve settled into this kind of bifurcation of the two sides of our band. It looks like it’s working out really well.”

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