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311 'Evolves' on Forthcoming Album, Tour

Rock-rap act 311 has slated a July 11 for its seventh studio album, “Evolver.”

The group reteamed with producer Ron Saint Germain (Bad Brains, Sonic Youth) for the Volcano Records set. He last worked with the band on its self-titled third album, released in 1995 via Capricorn Records.

Shortly before the album’s release, the group will kick off a U.S. tour July 15 on the West Coast. Dates for that trek, which will extend into September, will be announced soon. The band’s only currently confirmed dates are a July 18 appearance at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa, Calif., and a July 26 performance at Rolling Rock Town Fair IV, which will take place at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. That event will also feature performances by Blink 182, Puddle Of Mudd, Def Leppard, Sum 41, and Trapt.

Recorded at 311’s Hive Studios in Los Angeles, “Evolver” features such tracks as “Creatures for a While,” “Seems Uncertain,” “Beyond the Gray Sky,” and “Crack the Code.” During regular recording updates posted on the band’s official Web site (http://www.311music.com/), other songs said to be on the album are “What Do You Do?,” “Same Mistake Twice,” “Reconsider Everything,” “Still Dreaming,” “Other Side of Things,” “Time is Precious,” “Seems Uncertain,” and “Don’t Dwell.” The choice of a single has not yet been announced.

Along with the music, the enhanced CD will feature concert footage, interviews with band members, and a documentary short about the creation of the album’s cover. “Evolver” will be the follow-up to the 2001’s “From Chaos,” which debuted at No. 10 on The Billboard 200.

Last month the band posted four previously unreleased tracks on its site. All were instrumentals recorded during sessions for previous albums.

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