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311 readies an Uplifter

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Music’s favorite guilty pleasure will soon be returning with a new collection of drug-inspired, jock-approved hits that should make for some pretty entertaining moshing in the coming months. Yes, nearly a year after the band first announced plans to enter the studio and more than three years since the release of Don’t Tread on Me, 311 will soon return with a brand new studio album.

Entitled Uplifter, the Omaha based outfit’s ninth full-length effort is currently in the final mixing stages and is expected to be unleashed in late spring. Produced by Bob Rock, best known for his work with Metallica and Aerosmith, and recorded at the band’s Hive Studio in North Hollywood, the album will feature either 11 or 12 songs, previously described as “more rock-oriented” with hip-hop and reggae influences.

As alluded to in the part about moshing, the upcoming release will be supported by another chaotic spring and summer on the tour, with 311 currently planning to spend much of April and May at festivals, radio shows, and clubs before hitting the road for its annual Summer United Tour beginning in early June. Specific dates are still forthcoming.

311 2009 Tour Dates:
04/29 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Sunfest
05/12 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall

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