One of the most consistent and influential alternative bands of its generation, 311, will make a tour stop Wednesday at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach.
Having celebrated their 20th year together this summer while drawing big crowds touring with The Offspring, the band appears to be hotter than ever. With their last album "Uplifter" debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 200 and their 10th full lenght album in the works (Spring 2011 release) it doesn't appear they'll be taking it easy any time soon.
As 311 nears the end of it's fall tour, which ends this week with a huge Halloween show in Atlanta, ListenUp caught up with Nick Hexum for an interview via e-mail. Here's what the band's frontman had to say about staying relevant, pleasing the fans and getting dressed up for the upcoming holiday:
Myrtle Beach Music: Nick Hexum (center) will lead 311 att the House of Blues on Wednesday
What have you done to stay relevant all this time and do you still have the same passion for making music as you did when you guys started out?
I think that what has kept us relevant was a commitment to our fans to work hard and keep making exciting music.
We are conscious of how fortunate we are to have this kind of longevity and we don't take it for granted.
When we write a good new song, we get that spark of inspiration that makes us feel like a teenage rock fan again. Then we know we've got something good.
How has has recording the new album been going? Can fans expect more of they heard on "Uplifter" or are there a few new wrinkles in your sound this time around?
On our second album with Bob Rock, there are some songs with an "Uplifter" vibe, but there are also new breakthroughs that will be unexpected — and there are moments that harken back to albums like "Transistor" too.
One song in particular is a journey that goes through many stages. We try to make each album a step forward that doesn't forget the best things about our past. That's the balance.
311 has always done a lot for it's fans with things like 311 Day, fan parties and now the 311 Cruise. Why is it so important to stay in touch with the folks who support your music?
With the collapse of the traditional music industry, we realize that it is up to us to reinvent how our fans experience our music.
I believe Rock Tourism is here to stay. It's almost like a musical convention. Whether it's a cruise, a camping event, 311 Day, or a Halloween show, each one will be a memory for a lifetime.
What can folks here in Myrtle Beach expect from a 311 live show nowadays?
We have been having great shows in Myrtle Beach for 16 years. This show will definitely picks songs from every phase of our career and get people moving. Prepare to dance and sweat.
Halloween is just a few days away and guys are playing a show just down the road in Atlanta. Does anyone in the band get really into dressing up?
Absolutely, we will all dress up for the show. It's something that we used to really get into but stopped for a few years.
This is the revival of a 311 tradition to get into our goofiness and have a good time. We hope that everyone that comes to the Halloween show dresses up. Don't be lame!
For more on 311's music, tour and events visit 311.com.
Myrtle Beach Music: 311
311 with The Movement
When | 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Where | House of Blues, Barefoot Landing
Tickets | $42.50-60.50