90s legends 311 are back this summer with new album Mosaic and a North American tour kicking off in June
Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, Chad Sexton, SA Martinez, P-Nut, Nick Hexum, and Tim Mahoney make-up the iconic band that is 311. They made a name for themselves in the early and mid-90s with hit songs like “Amber” “All Mixed Up” and “Love Song” that dominated charts. Overall they’ve released eleven studio albums, two live albums, four compilation albums, four EPs, and four DVDs, with a new album, Mosaic, set to release on June 23rd. SA Martinez, one of the two vocalists gave us at Verge Campus the exclusive 411 on the new and improved 311.
“We thought it would be cool to incorporate our fans, their photo submissions, something to that effect to make some sort of collage and create the cover out of it.” Martinez said in regards to the albums name “Mosaic.” “Our art department kept referring to it as a ‘mosaic’ so that name kind of came from there.” The album is also a new take on the band’s sound. The members recruited John Feldmann, a peer and major producer who found much success after producing Blink-182’s most recent album California that “really struck a chord with people” according to Martinez. Martinez said it was scary leaving your sound in the hands of someone new, but the essence of 311 is still most definitely found in this album. “Our fans are gonna enjoy it, it’s just an extension of what 311 is. “The fans were essentially the driving force for this album. “it’s all about the fans,” said Martinez. “You need that support base, and we are so fortunate to have an incredible group of fans.”
On their stamina as a band who has been in the industry for over 20 years, Martinez said simply that they’ve kept doing what they do because “we love music.” Throughout their time, they’ve seen the industry grow and change, but are thankful they got started back when they did. Though it’s significantly easier to get music out there today with the social media and popular platforms like Spotify and Soundcloud, it’s proven harder to get “big” since it’s a lot more “congested.” “It’s easier to gain access, but now it’s harder to gain traction” said Martinez. “I can’t imagine being a band in 2017 just starting out, it’s harder for anybody, even bands above us.” But those technological drawbacks don’t stop these guys from putting out great record after record. “With every record, you are gonna touch someone new,” he told us. “Keep the bigger picture in mind, zoom out, and look at the world,” he said, which is great and humble advice. On the success of their music, Martinez said “Not every song is gonna be a home run [like ‘Amber’ or ‘Love Song’], we know that. But It’s amazing that we are doing what we’re doing, and you just have to enjoy it and keep putting out music.”
Martinez shared his excitement about the band’s upcoming summer tour: “I love touring, I love being on the road. I enjoy every bit of, I am curious about the world, so I love it.” The band seems like an eager bunch, always trying new things and enjoying everything they can in life. “We are always looking for something to do!” said Martinez, commenting on the band’s side projects of a craft ale called “Amber Ale” and a vape company called “Grassroots Uplifter.” When we asked about the vape, he said, bluntly, “this band has been known to enjoy some, well, marijuana! We live in California, and people are always looking for different ways to smoke that sh**!” And that’s the only answer we need.
These guys seem as humble and positive as ever. Their energy and excitement for life is infectious, and it’s something wholely conveyed in their upcoming album Mosaic which will be officially released on June 23, 2017. Check out their tour dates here!