|Uplifter, produced by Bob Rock, features 12 new songs, including the hit single "Hey You," now playing on radio stations nationwide!|
Uplifter will be available in Standard, Deluxe and Vinyl editions. The Deluxe Edition is a CD / DVD combo featuring 14 new songs, including 2 new bonus songs, plus a bonus DVD with the 83 minute documentary The Road to 311 Day 2008. The DVD documentary follows the band and their fans for the week leading up to the 3-11 Day '08 show in New Orleans. It includes exclusive behind the scenes footage, interviews and live performance footage from the 3-11 Day Concert!
CD Track Listing
DVD Track Listing
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Nick Hexum (vocals, guitar); Sa (vocals); Tim Mahoney (guitar); P-Nut (bass instrument); Chad Sexton (drums, percussion).|
|Audio Mixer: Jens.|
|Specializing in a potent blend of rock, reggae, and rap, Omaha-born multi-platinum sellers 311 have garnered an immense grassroots following on the strength of their energetic live performances and nonstop touring schedule. Following a near four-year hiatus since their last studio album, 2005's DON'T TREAD ON ME, 311 have returned with the highly anticipated UPLIFTER, an album front man Nick Hexum has referred to as "the heaviest 311 has ever been." Bolstered by Bob Rock's brawny production hand, the band's ninth studio outing delivers the sonic goods; from the searing, heavy rock choruses of "Hey You," to slashing distortion on the relatively straight-ahead skanking reggae number "Mix It Up," UPLIFTER offers the vibrancy and excitement of their early recordings combined with the high level musicianship of a veteran touring band at the top of their game.|
Producer: Bob Rock
Engineer: Giff Tripp; Eric Helmkamp
|Surf's Up Music|
|Release Date : 06/02/2009|
|Original Release Date : 2009|
|Catalog ID : 88697507772|
|Label : RCA|
|Number of Discs : 2|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00886975077724|
- "311 is more impressive here when it flexes its knack for pure pop."
All five members of 311 grew up in the 1970's in Omaha, Nebraska. Nick Hexum, Tim Mahoney and Chad Sexton lived on the west side of town and went to Westside High School together. P-Nut and SA Martinez lived on the south side of town and went to Bryan High School together.
During high school, Nick and Tim played in a rock band together called "The Ed's." Nick was also in the high school concert jazz band with Chad.
At seventeen, Nick graduated early from high school and moved to downtown Los Angeles in pursuit of a music career. When Nick returned to Omaha for Chad and Tim's high school graduation - the three of them jammed and realized they had a special musical chemistry. They soon added a keyboardist named Ward Bones and called themselves "Unity." In late '88, Nick, Chad and Ward moved to LA and made an unsuccessful stab at getting a recording contract.
Disillusioned with the L.A. scene, Chad soon moved back to Omaha and began jamming with P-Nut and a guitarist named Jim Watson. Months later, Chad persuaded Nick to move back to Omaha and join them. They played their first gig opening for Fugazi on June 10th 1990.
In 1991, they parted ways with Jim Watson and added Tim Mahoney as lead guitarist. At that time, SA Martinez began to make guest appearances with the band - and was eventually added as a full member. 311 was complete (Nick, Chad, Tim, P-Nut and SA).
In 1990 and 1991 the band released three independent records on their own label (What Have You Records). The records were called Dammit, Hydroponic, and Unity. With these records and their solid live show, the band quickly established a following in the Midwest and then set out for the West Coast.
They rented a small house in Van Nuys, California and all moved in together. These were very lean times for the band. Just before disintegrating into total poverty, they were signed to Capricorn Records.
311's first CD, Music, was released with little fanfare in February of '93 (now Gold). The band hit the road in support of the record and was temporarily sidelined when their touring RV caught on fire and exploded on the shoulder of the highway. The fire destroyed all their equipment, clothes, money and personal possessions. Despite losing everything - the band members escaped the blaze with minor burns and injuries. They decided to persevere and they only canceled one show before returning to the stage with equipment donated by fans and friends who heard about the disaster on the television news.
In July of '94 they released their second CD Grassroots (now Gold). By this time they were touring the US non-stop. They moved out of the house in Van Nuys - put their stuff into a storage space and literally just lived on the road. They put all their energy into their live show and steadily developed an incredible grassroots following nationwide.
In July '95 they released their third CD 311 and once again set out on tour. By '96 the shows and the fanbase had grown considerably - and the media which had basically ignored 311 until then, began paying attention. In September of '96 (14 months after the release of the 311 album) the song "Down" hit the airwaves and became an across the board success at radio and MTV. "Down" went to #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Chart and the follow-up single "All Mixed Up" went to #2.