For the past decade and a half, 311 has been brewing a modern-rock stew of jam-band grooves, reggae riddims, and rap-rock choruses.The five guys grew up in Nebraska as boyhood friends, and to this day, maintains Martinez, they're still a close-knit bunch. It helps that each member has his own bus on tour. "We do need our distance once in awhile," he says with a laugh.
Since 1993, 311 has racked up an impressive string of modern-rock radio hits (including "Down" and "All Mixed Up"), while its albums continue to reach the Top 10. Martinez equates the band's success to that of a sports franchise. "Great teams have role-players who know their roles," he says. "That's what's kept this engine going."
According to Martinez, Don't Tread on Me sums up the first chapter of a career that has many more phases to come. "It's a really good reflection of where we're at right now," he says. "We'll continue to grow more melodic and more mature. It's just coming more naturally these days."
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