Although originally expected before the end of the month, 311 has settled on Aug. 16 as the release date for its eighth studio album,
Although originally expected before the end of the month, 311 has settled on Aug. 16 as the release date for its eighth studio album, "Don't Tread on Me." The Volcano/Jive set will be preceded by the title track as the first radio single, which the label is aiming to impact airwaves around July 25.
Singer SA Martinez says "Don't Tread on Me" has a "great melody with a dope rhythm underneath. Slightly skanky, but in a good way. Catchy, aggressive at times, and never a dull moment. Classic 311."
"The title track is about emotional volatility when you feel like your freedom is being encroached upon," adds singer Nick Hexum. "[Bassist] P-Nut wrote a sweet dub breakdown for this one."
The 11-track album reunites the band with Ron Saint Germain, who produced 311's self-titled third album. Released in 1995, that Capricorn set served as the band's mainstream breakthrough, spawning the enduring modern rock radio tracks "Down" and "All Mixed Up."
Also tapped for the album is the song "Speak Easy," which Martinez says was lyrically inspired by the beliefs of natural scientist/psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich. "His belief is that any emotion we carry, we must let out," he says. "Otherwise, this said emotion will sit within us and manifest itself in ways which may not be good for our health," he explains. "We create blocks that turn into physical symptoms that initially were emotions we denied ourselves from experiencing. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it."
Other cuts include "Solar Flare" (Martinez: "This has to be one of the dopest songs we've put together."), "Waiting" (Martinez: "If the Beatles happened to venture to Jamaica instead of India, this song might have happened.") and "Long for the Flowers," which is based on "Grifters," an outtake from the band's 1997 album "Transistor" that has been reworked and re-recorded.
"Don't Tread on Me" is the follow-up to 2003's "Evolver," which debuted at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and has sold more than 324,500 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A 2004 "Greatest Hits" package fared even better, selling almost 485,000 units. That set included a cover of the Cure's "Love Song" that reached No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock airplay chart.
311 will spend most of the summer on tour, opening their run with a July 27-28 stand in Santa Cruz, Calif. The 40-date outing will close Sept. 17 at KROQ Los Angeles' Inland Invasion show in San Bernadino, Calif. Most shows will feature support from either Papa Roach and Unwritten Law, or both acts on some dates. Also on the itinerary is a July 30 set at the San Diego Street Scene festival and an Aug. 20 slot on the Amsterjam bill at New York's Randall's Island.
Here is the full "Don't Tread on Me" track list:
"Don't Tread on Me"
"Thank Your Lucky Stars"
"Long for the Flowers"
"Getting Through to Her"
"Whiskey and Wine"
"It's Getting OK Now"
"There's Always an Excuse"
Here are 311's summer tour dates:
July 27-28: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Catalyst)
July 30: San Diego (Street Scene)
Aug. 1: Anaheim, Calif. (The Grove)
Aug. 2: Tucson, Ariz. (Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre)
Aug. 3: Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa Amphitheatre)
Aug. 5: Las Vegas (The Palms Hotel Casino)
Aug. 6: West Valley City, Utah (USANA)
Aug. 7: Morrison, Col. (Red Rocks Amphitheatre)
Aug. 9: Council Bluffs, Neb. (Westfair Amphitheatre)
Aug. 10: Columbia, Mo. (Amphitheatre at Mizzou)
Aug. 11: Chicago (Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island)
Aug. 12: Kansas City, Mo. (City Market)
Aug. 14: Columbus, Ohio (Promowest Pavilion)
Aug. 15: Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverbend Amphitheatre)
Aug. 16: Cleveland (Tower City Amphitheatre)
Aug. 17: Sterling Heights, Mich. (Freedom Hill)
Aug. 19: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 20: New York (Randall's Island; Amsterjam)
Aug. 21: Old Bridge, N.J. (Raceway Park)
Aug. 22: Atlantic City, N.J. (House of Blues)
Aug. 24: Philadelphia (Penn's Landing)
Aug. 25: Virginia Beach, Va. (Virginia Beach Amphitheatre)
Aug. 26: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
Aug. 27: Atlanta (Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
Aug. 28: Memphis, Tenn. (Mud Island)
Aug. 30: Pelham, Ala. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
Sept. 1: Jacksonville, Fla. (Metro Park Amphitheatre)
Sept. 2: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Sound Advice Amphitheatre)
Sept. 3: Tampa, Fla. (Ford Amphitheatre)
Sept. 4: Pensacola, Fla. (Civic Center)
Sept. 7: Baton Rouge, La. (River Center Centroplex)
Sept. 8: Corpus Christi, Texas (Concrete Street Amphitheatre)
Sept. 9: The Woodlands, Texas (C.W. Mitchell Pavilion(
Sept. 10: Austin, Texas (Austin Music Hall)
Sept. 11: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
Sept. 13: Norman, Okla. (Lloyd Noble Center)
Sept. 14: Albuquerque, N.M. (Convention Center)
Sept. 15: El Paso, Texas (County Coliseum)
Sept. 17: San Bernadino, Calif. (KROQ's Inland Invasion)