Love these guys. Very creative individuals, full of positive energy and love for life.
If you have not yet picked up 311’s new album, Stereolithic, you should do that right now. I’ve been a fan for a long time, since first hearing their songs featured on an aggressive inline skate video called Hoax II back in 1996, featuring the studly man in the middle, Brian Bowen Smith.
Over the years, 311 has explored many different worlds of music, covering genres from hard rock, dancehall, reggae, a mixture of all, together, and some of the most ethereal ambient music out there. All the while, keeping to the core message of positivity and collective unity for all.
While my personal tastes lean towards their earlier works, I’ve enjoyed most of what they’ve released over the 26 years they’ve been together as 311. But, for me, the more recent few albums have left something to be desired.
What originally drew me to the band’s music was the mixture of raucous, frenetic energy in the form of syncopated guitar riffs, funky bass lines and core style drum parts, along with a wild phonic one-two punch from equally different but wonderfully complimented dual vocals. I had never heard anything like it.
Success with the “blue album” allowed them to really break the mold and experiment with new styles, combinations, transitions and sometimes bizarre mash-ups, coupled with otherworldly subject matter resulting in the epic album, Transistor.
After becoming familiar with their first three albums, I was a huge fan of the group. Transistor was the first new album released for me to enjoy as an established “excitable one.” It blew my mind once again. It felt like the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the band and their unique sound.
With Stereolithic, I finally have experienced those same feelings again. It’s a album, 15 tracks deep, with a range reminiscent of Transistor, but also reaching into some uncharted territory for the band, which is fantastically refreshing. It once again feels like the beginning of a new stage in the band’s evolution.
Not to sound corny, or perhaps to very intentionally sound corny, there will always be an eternal flame that burns within me as a fan of this band, I’m just thrilled that it’s been doused with some rocket fuel once again!
Agreed!! 311 are everything you could ever want out of your favorite band! Versatile, talented, fun and a pleasure for the ears! I’m proud to be an Excitable One!!