You wouldn’t readily guess it, but 311 loves metal! Yeap! 311 is a group that plays funky alternative rock jams, but (not so secretly) grooves to metal bands as heavy as Pantera and System of a Down. In this interview 311 talks about their love for metal and how it’s influenced them over the years. Plus! Bonus questions about their upcoming tour with The Offspring and Gym Class Heroes and their next album!
What hard rock / metal bands have been an influence on 311’s signature sound?
P-Nut: Iron Maiden’s harmony lead lines on the guitar have influenced our sound. And Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Cliff Burton (Metallica) and Flea were early inspirations for my bass playing.
Nick: The whole band loves Pantera and Bad Brains. Me and P-Nut are big System of Down fans. There’s so much great musicianship in metal. We appreciate that. Working with producer Bob Rock and hearing all the Metallica stories was really cool.
Any hard rock / metal concerts that made impact on you?
P-Nut: Pantera changed us all, how heavy can heavy get?
Chad: My first Rock concert was Kiss in 1978. Changed my life. I was 7 years old and couldn’t believe it was real. I asked my mom if they were really playing or if it was fake because I couldn’t fathom it was in front of me. And so loud. And their makeup was brighter than any picture I had seen of them. “Larger than life”. It was the very beginning for me wanting to be in a rock band.
Nick: Pantera in Orange County in ’95 was the wildest pit I’ve ever been. A little too wild. I saw many people come out all bloody. Phil encouraged that. Seeing Alice in Chains with Anthrax Slayer and Megadeth was a lot of fun. That was back in Omaha in ’91. I think our whole band went.
311 & The Offspring are joining forces for 29 shows this summer, what can we expect?
Nick: It’s going to be a lot of fun, energy, and classic melodies.
You last toured together in 2010, how was that / any particular memories?
Nick: Big crowds. People came to party, mosh, and rock out.
What is a most memorable stage moment over your career?
Nick: Being on Late Show with David Letterman back in ’95 was a big moment for me. I had grown up loving his smart ass humor, so appearing on that stage felt like quite a triumph. More recently, we had a gospel choir join us for 311 Day 2016. That was very emotional for everyone.
How are things progressing with a new album from 311?
Nick: We have quite a few great songs. We were hoping to wrap it up before summer tour, but then we realized we had been working nonstop so we decided to take a few weeks off to enjoy summer and our families.
How will it sound?
Nick: We just keep taking everything further. The heavy stuff heavier and the funky stuff funkier. Music is a never ending journey. Just like our fans, we look forward to hearing the final versions turn out once the entire band has expressed themselves. Stay tuned!
311 will start their Never-Ending Summer tour July 25th! Click here for tickets and check out dates below! And if Mountain View is too South Bay for ya, no worries! They’re also playing Aftershock in Sacramento, CA this year! Check out the line-up here! And here for more info and tickets!
Never-Ending Summer Tour Dates with The Offspring and Gym Class Heroes:
Jul. 25 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul. 27 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
Jul. 28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center*
Jul. 29 – Chula Vista, CA @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Jul. 31 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Aug. 02 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug. 04 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Aug. 05 – The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by
Aug. 07 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
Aug. 08 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
Aug. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Aug. 11 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Aug. 12 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheater
Aug. 14 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
Aug. 15 – Springfield, IL @ Illinois State Fair*
Aug. 21 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug. 22 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 24 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 25 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 26 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 28 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Budweiser Stage
Aug. 29 – Allentown, PA @ The Great Allentown Fair*
Aug. 31 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair*
Sept. 01 – Sioux City, IA @ Battery Park at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City*
Sept. 03 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 04 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center at The Heights*
Sept. 06 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 08 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar Casino*
Sept. 09 – Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena*
* non-Live Nation date