311‘s 11th studio album, Stereolithic, debuted at Number Six on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (March 19th), selling 40,000 copies in its first week of release and making it the band’s ninth consecutive release to enter the Top 10. The disc also entered the Rock and Indie sales charts at Number One. Stereolithic is the first wholly independent album issued by the group since its early days in Omaha, Nebraska, and bested the chart debut of its predecessor, Universal Pulse, by one position.
- Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the band’s breakthrough 1995 self-titled album, which featured the monster single “Down.”
- Frontman Nick Hexum told us that the group always looked ahead even back then:
- “You know, we realized at the time, this is a definite time to remember and we’re not going to get caught up in this madness of always trying to outdo what we have right now. It’s more about being musicians and maintaining what we have and exploring musically, instead of trying to be on this like sales upward trajectory, you know. We want to be musicians first.”
- The band celebrated the March 11th release of the new disc with its biannual “311 Day” concert at the New Orleans Arena, playing 66 songs over the course of five hours for more than 10,000 fans.