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Omaha, Nebraska, United States (1990 – present)

311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska, United States by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Los Angeles, California.

311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound. After years of consistent touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the hardest working, most influential and most entertaining live bands in the U.S.

311 have released ten studio albums, one live album, one greatest hits album and three dvd’s - and have sold over 8.5 million albums in the U.S. Seven of their albums have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart…and 9 of their singles have reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Radio Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song & Don’t Tread On Me. Along with Amber, All Mixed Up, Come Original, Creatures For Awhile, Hey You, and Sunset in July).

311’s newest album, Universal Pulse, released in Summer 2011, was produced by Bob Rock, mixed by Chad Sexton and debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart.

The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer.


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  • FjordSweetFjord

    it doesn't get much better than their first 5 albums in the 90s :)

    2 Mar 12:39am Reply
  • ScepSpec

    I'll prefer fluffy unicorns over bombs any day...

    28 Feb 1:31pm Reply
  • unknown0_0

    Chill af

    21 Feb 10:26pm Reply
  • Zach216

    311 = "fluff rock" fluff means: "entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial' very fitting...

    16 Feb 7:37am Reply
  • Zach216

    To me, the last time the actually sounded even remotely inspired would be Evolver which was 12 years ago. Definitely time to move on!

    16 Feb 7:34am Reply
  • RedGhosty

    stereolithic would be so much better if the whole band didn't sound like they wanted to kill themselves on almost every song

    13 Feb 8:43am Reply
  • Zach216

    You guys can accuse me of being sacrilegious or whatever....Im just informing you that there are much better groups out there. no need to be afraid, The most gullible and credulous fanbase...ever! lol

    11 Feb 7:48pm Reply
  • Zach216

    You guys are hilarious, pointing to lyrics over actual PERFORMANCE when it terms to being "aggressive"... I like songs like Freeze Time and Freak Out... it's a shame they don't really do anything edgy or intense, anymore. The band is more a BRAND and a religion that, like any other brings in a lot of money... interesting how that works.

    8 Feb 7:11am Reply
  • Zach216

    If that's what you guys are dubbing "aggressive"... I'll pass! Look, everyone is entitled to their opinion... talent is a perceived thing. Music is an art, and I respect 311 but just have found a handful of other artists to have a more potent and intoxicating sound. I went to 311 Day 2014 & just was so underwhelmed with the performance (watched from the front) but Nick Hexum is just a mediocre singer whose best songs were written, a long, long time, ago, in my opinion. In addition to that, I just think too many people seem to BLINDLY follow the band's direction/message... to me JCS is just better. Better, tighter musicians... difficult to market and didn't fit into a neat, little package like 311 did. Chad Sexton plays the SAME 4/4 kind of beats... like every single song. I guess, I just wish the last 7-8 yrs I spent going to 311 events were Third Eye Blind, events. How I feel about that hard to describe but those songs mean SO much more than anything 311 has ever done, imo

    8 Feb 6:28am Reply
  • arrypottuh

    "Not for lack of a gentle mother, I do lack a mental cover It keeps on pounding my head, world order, water Torture, exhausted economics, everyday just more comics In a pissing contest that started out with atomic bombs Mom, will they drop the bomb? Will they think about their children's children Being born with limbs missing? There is no one to call, you can't make 'em stall I wanna feed 'em to each other 'cause I'm sick of 'em all How can't you see something's missing Is anyone listening We're shooting up flares Does anyone care They got this world locked down, bound and gagged From the Rez in Pine Ridge to that land in Baghdad When did our leaders Become bottom feeders We're shooting up flares Does anyone care" What a bunch of fluffy unicorns and idealist nonsense.

    24 Jan 6:58pm Reply
  • arrypottuh

    As a lifelong MD resident who got to see JCS before they had any MTV play, I can tell you that the reason JCS never blew-up like 311 is because as soon as they received mainstream airplay, Jimi started writing the most boring, mainstream drivel possible. In addition, he became a major dick and alienated the other legitimate musicians in the band. 311 blew-up and released Transistor, the opposite of Bring Your Own Stereo. You may like JCS and 3rd Eye more, but your preference alone does not seriously call into question the authenticity of the popularity of 311. You are also not familiar enough with their catalog if you think it is full of rainbows and ice cream. Even their softest sounding album, Don't Tread on Me, featured aggressive lyrical content.

    24 Jan 6:49pm Reply
  • Force_of_Will

    "The UNITY and POSITIVITY-platform is quite naive because nobody wakes up everyday and just SMILES with beaming SUNSHINE nor do they piss-RAINBOWS nor do they shit-ICE CREAM" -Indeed. This is why I've come to appreciate the angry-assertive Nick persona found on such tracks as Silver, DLMD and Don't Tread on Me, just to name a few. I'd kinda like to see more of that Nick, slightly less of the dork dancing around in my avatar. And don't get me wrong, I love that dork! It's just nice when you see, yeah, kitty's got claws. I'm also a fan of the angry-assertive SA found on Salsa, Galaxy, Solar Flare, et cetera.

    7 Jan 4:38pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist Amazing underground progressive rock/hip hop with psychedelic elements and intense, tight drumming!

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • glsjawtomatica

    ↓↓ Scotch was still working with demos even after Stereolithic's release...I'd be surprised if their next album was produced by anyone BUT Ralston

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I wonder if 311 will make another with producer Scotch Ralston.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    Stephan Jenkins >>> Nick Hexum. :p

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Zach216

    They're a fairly good enough band but if they didn't make as much money as they do, I kind of wonder if they would still be here, that's all. I'll happily listen to my Third Eye Blind (a true "California" band), The Urge, Jimmie's Chicken Shack...

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I can tell there's a little hint of metal in Freeze Time. It has a pretty metal-like riff.

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • glsjawtomatica

    Are you guys serious? There's metal flourishes on EVERY 311 album...

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    311 needs to experiment with death metal. :P

    30 Oct 2014 Reply
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