311 is back on the saddle with a new record and a series of performances. Revealing on recent interview, vocalist Nick Hexum said that the band, which is known very experimental in its genre, records this one 'back' to their usual rock sound. He also made sure that this one would not repeat the same mistake 2005's "Don't Tread on Me" did.
"I would say we kind of go through a general cycle of making a more straight ahead album that comes quickly and then we kind of rotate to more of a departure where we take a longer time making the album and inventing more new styles," Hexum said.
"So due to that back-and-forth thing, we're due for more of a groundbreaking, take-a-long-time-with-it album," he continues. "We don't know when it's going to be done. We're not going to make any deadlines and promises, but it's time we slightly reinvent ourselves."
Though no aimed release date was spurted, Hexum confirmed in March that a new song titled "I Was Wrong" was done. In what has come as a result of his discussion with drummer Chad Sexton, the song combines dancehall reggae with funk. "A tiny bit like 'All Mixed up' but much more syncopated," Hexum explained. "I'd say that the funky, tight, high-energy stuff will come along but I've also been doing a lot of really complex finger picking on acoustic guitar in the style of Michael Hedges."
As of their tour, the band has confirmed this year's "Summer Unity Tour", which will run 50 shows from June 21 in Tucson, Ariz through late August. Several opening acts will be featured throughout the tour, predominantly reggae artist Matisyahu, along with bands The Rivalry, Particle, The English Beat, and Swizzletree.