Don't Tread on Me

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Eight albums into their career, these midwesterners have found a way to revamp their sound without going so far into uncharted territory that fans will be lost. The core elements of 311's sound -- the loping reggae rhythms, the punchy riffs -- are all here in full effect, but there's a sense of newfound maturity, both in the slower, more relaxed tempos and the decidedly less goofy stance. That's most clear on songs like "Thank Your Lucky Stars," on which singers S. A. Martinez and Nick Hexum drop a sweet, almost Crosby, Stills & Nash–esque vocal line atop the kind of buoyant pop-punk chord progression that's launched a million crowd surfers over the years. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Eight albums into their career, these midwesterners have found a way to revamp their sound without going so far into uncharted territory that fans will be lost. The core elements of 311's sound -- the loping reggae rhythms, the punchy riffs -- are all here in full effect, but there's a sense of newfound maturity, both in the slower, more relaxed tempos and the decidedly less goofy stance. That's most clear on songs like "Thank Your Lucky Stars," on which singers S. A. Martinez and Nick Hexum drop a sweet, almost Crosby, Stills & Nash–esque vocal line atop the kind of buoyant pop-punk chord progression that's launched a million crowd surfers over the years. Don't Tread on Me's title track -- one of the group's most sincere Air Jamaica forays yet -- has a similarly burnished feel, its low-slung bass skank matched by a jut-jawed warning to give 'em a clear path. Martinez and Hexum have expanded their topical horizons as well, as on "Speak Easy," which channels the writings of psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (best known to pop consumers as the guy responsible for many of Tears for Fears' chart hits). It's not all heavy lifting, of course: The breezy "Frolic Room" paints a lovingly annoyed picture of a life spent hoisting cocktails at a famed Hollywood den of debauchery, but instead of a metallic tang, it leaves a bittersweet, Squeeze-like aftertaste. While some of the band's more mosh-addicted fans might consider it a walk on the mild side, Don't Tread on Me is a stroll worth taking.
All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Over 311's decade-plus span they've fused reggae to crunchy rock chords, helped pioneer rap-rock, and made the occasional foray into jam band territory. They grew increasingly curious as songwriters on later efforts like Transistor and From Chaos, and made a veteran record with 2003's Evolver, which incorporated all the elements of their sound for a flawless, if just reliably good not great album. Released in 2005, Don't Tread on Me could be Evolver, Pt. 2. It has a few high points and very, very few lows, but ends up leveling off somewhere in the middle. It's 311 in sepia tone. "Speak Easy" returns S.A. Martinez to his rap persona over a viscous throwback groove; bombs, botox, and the culture of fear and complacency are some of the subjects drawing the activist ire of Martinez and Nick Hexum. "Frolic Room" is a tribute to the Hollywood Boulevard hangout, and appropriately has a great lyrical narrative and a combo of heavy chords and sunny Hexum/Martinez harmonies. The sinewy reggae punch 311's been perfecting for years rises again on "Waiting," while Martinez handles lead vocals impressively on "Getting Through to Her." In its "Life is not TV" mantra, the latter cut's also one of the numerous allusions on Tread to finding true reality around the corner or in yourself, instead of on the tube. Like that positive outlook, it's nearly impossible to dislike 311. You're never far away from an organic dub turn or heavy moment, and there's always a drum-tight, elastic rhythm snaking underneath the two-vocalist setup and trebly guitars. Both the title track and "Thank Your Lucky Stars" are notable for this. At the same time, arriving nearly two years after Evolver and with a greatest-hits album in the middle, Don't Tread on Me suggests 311 are playing it just a little safe. There are no missteps on the album, and the group's faithful will have plenty to rock with. But Don't Tread on Me still feels like one to grow on instead of one to remember.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Volcano
  • UPC: 828766952223
  • Catalog Number: 69522
  • Sales rank: 44,344

Album Credits

Performance Credits
311 Primary Artist
Robert Greenidge Pans
Nicholas Hexum Guitar, Vocals
P-Nut Bass, Bass Guitar
Tim Mahoney Guitar
S.A. Martinez Vocals
Chad Sexton Percussion, Drums
Nick Hexum Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
311 Producer, Audio Production
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Shepard Fairey Artwork
Jason Walters Studio Manager
Saint Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GOOD.

    i'm kind of reluctant to be the only soul to not give this album 5 stars and 2 thumbs up, but i am not going to give this album 5 stars and 2 thumbs up because it does not deserve that shining glory. no. "don't tread on me" is good. that's it. not great. good. in fact, this is the only 311 CD that is simply "good". the others are mind-blowingly fresh, omaha-fabulous, you might say. you'd think with a bad ass, assertive title like "don't tread one me", it'd be a total jam, but no. it's a little too light and fluffy for my taste with the exception of "solar flare" which is just a totally unexpected, even random, outburst of rage. i guess all bands must "mature" sometime, but i just think immature bands are way more fun to listen to. and is it just me, or does sa's voice sound more youthful as he ages? (listen to "waiting" w/ 'a wedding ring and a boombox, boombox, boombox, ow!' and maybe you'll see what i'm getting at...)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311'a Still Got It, Always Coming Back Original.

    The new album by 311 is no doubt a somewhat new sound compared to their earlier Cd's but still rings true to tha band's style and mood. In my opinion it is a much more mature album and really focuses on some life obstacles. The sound is a bit more mellow and concentrates more on the vocals than in the past. The genre most dominant in 311's vast incorporation of different styles is reggae. There is much less of the rap/rock than noted in previous albums. Though different in some ways, I think it is still obvious that this is 311 and they have not sold out or changed in a negative way, but matured and have grown into a new style. Music and art are forever changing, and so long as you stay true to yourself, it is still original and a great acoomplishment. I am very impressed by this CD and reccomend it toanyone out there, regardless of what basic genre you listen to. 311 is unique in that they can reach out to anyone and they do it all, and they do it better than anyone else out there. A 311 lyric reads "From Chaos Comes Clarity." Their proir CD's where genius but chaotic. It was music that pumped you up and got you to "freak out.".... This album to me just really pushes the ambiance of clarity. Thank you for yet another amazing CD, guys! I look forward to the next CD, knowing that 311 will always be true to themselves and always have something new and original to keep things forever exciting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Another Awesome 311 Creation!

    Yet again, 311 provides the world with another consistently awesome album. Doug (SA) Martinez' singing is featured more prominently..and it is one of their most tropical-feeling cd's yet. And of course, their positive message and lyrics are ever-present and are so refreshing in a day when negativity and the "poor me" attitude abounds. Their talent shines through, as always...if you love 311, you will be very pleased. And if you don't know much about them, give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An experienced album

    Another 311 prodigy. This is their most experienced album yet. I say this because there are not 35 songs on the album, but 11 quality songs that you can listen to over and over again. The lyrics are simple and hit easily with the listener. Don't Tread On Me is the 11th album from this band, and if you listen closely you can here the subtlety from the coercion they have mastered through the years. The songs are very melodic and represent the styles of each of the artist in the band, as all of their albums have. A fun album and a must for any 311 fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Gotta Get Dont Tread On Me

    dont tread on me is one of the best albums ive heard in a long time. im not really one for buying cds, but i just had to get it the day it came out. those guys can really rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 Creates Their Best Music Yet!

    311 returns to the spotlight with another strong album, "Don't Tread On Me." I really enjoyed the track, "Speak Easy." It has includes Chad Sexton's awesome percussions, and the fine guitar work of P-nut and Tim Mahoney. It is always hard for me to describe songs by 311. The influences of the 311 band members are very evident in their work. Imagine Bob Marley, The Clash, Sublime (in some instances), and Led Zepplin rolled into one. I am sure there are other favorites which reflect their music. In this album they have some classic 311 "slam dancing songs," but on the other hand, they have lighter, fun songs with some powerful lyrics by Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez. As a long time fan, I would have to say this is one of 311's most mature works to date. I have to recommend this to anyone, even if you have not heard of them before, this is an album not to be passed on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Tread On 311!

    311, the multi-platinum selling rock/rap/reggae quintet from Omaha, Nebraska have been around for15 years now and became well known through years of vigurous touring with a grassroots approach of gaining new fans with an amazing live show. In 1995 they realesed their third album, the self titled "311", which became a breakthrough hit a year after it's debut with top modern rock songs such as "Down" and "All Mixed Up". Last year they released "Greatest Hits 93-03", a compilation of songs from 7 official albums. It included the #1 cover of The Cure's "Love Song" and 2 new songs which were a preview of things to come on the next studio effort. "Don't Tread On Me" may be an unoriginal album title, but looks can be decieving. The band has done it once again and released the most unique album of the new millenium. Long gone are the straight forward rock/rap laced sounds that made them a radio favorite in the 90's. "Solar Flare" the lone hard rockin' rap song on the disc, is what the Rage Against The Machine/Soundgarden fusion should have been, with a mean distorted guitar riff & upfront rap verses from vocalist, SA Martinez, who has stepped up into a larger role in the singing and songwriting of the band as opposed to the last few albums On the opposite end of the spectrum, is the eerie acoustic rock/reggae song, "Whiskey & Wine" with haunting harmonies and a Marley-esque verse from frontman/guitarist Nick Hexum. The track ends on an oddly entertaining note with an aggressive drum solo from the "rhythmatic genius", drummer Chad Sexton. Lead guitarist, Tim Mahoney shines on the fast tempo punk rock stylee of "It's Getting OK Now" which is offset by melodic vocals in the vein of Morrissey. A personal standout track is "Long For The Flowers", which is a revised version of an unreleased outtake from the 1997 platinum cd, "Transistor". It starts off with a continously crunchy riff which segways into chaotic old school style guitar work in the chorus and breakdown of the song. The title track, which is the first single off the cd, is the standard rock/reggae jam most long time fans have grown acustomed too. It has an impressive head noddin' bassline from the youngest member and bassist, P-Nut. The album closer, "There's An Always Excuse", is one of the most musically experimental songs they have ever written. It starts off with an acoustic guitar which gets louder as the chorus begins then goes into a hard rock breakdown at the half way point which ends abruptly with a bridge including keyboards. The track ends with a soaring guitar solo which is a perfect ending to the disc. This cd is no doubt the most eclectic mix of different genres of rock that has come out in quite some time. Those in the mood for something refreshing & diverse in the midst of musical mediocrity, have no excuses but to go out and buy this record, spoken.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 - DTOM

    311's newest album, Don't Tread On Me is definitely what I would call their most musically mature album to-date. As a die hard long time 311 fan, I can easily tell you that I love all of their albums. Some are better than others, yes, but they are all musical genius. That said, something seemed missing from their previous album Evolver. It was a great album and very musically mature but something just wasn't there. On DTOM however, that "something" is no longer M.I.A., for from start to finish the album is very strong. All the tracks are good but in my opinion, the best ones are "Speak Easy", "It's Getting OK Now", "Thank Your Lucky Stars", Solar Flare", and the instant 311 classic "Frolic Room". What most music (and therefore 311) fans don't understand is that 311 is probably the only band to have every album they put out be different than the last. Of course it still has the definable "311 Style" but they are always changing it up. Unlike msot bands where every album they put out sounds exactly like the last. Music is supposed to be a progressive art. As time goes on, you need to evolve (not sell out, there's a difference). And 311 has and seems like they always will be one of the very few that understand that notion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't Tread On 311

    Another beautiful creation by 311. Don't Tread On Me is a great motto to live your life by and 311 just showed you why. Through all of the years, these guys are still together and creating wonderful, awe-inspiring music. The song, "Don't Tread On Me" is another one of 311's greatest hits, even though it's not on thier greatest hits cd. It'ss always be in the hearts of 311 fans everywhere. "Thank Your Lucky Stars" is something we all need to do. Things are horrible in this dark world and these guys are showing to the light. "Frolic Room" is a song you'll find yourself tapping your foot to. Aweseom beat, strong vocals, and great message! "Speak Easy" is something that everyone wants and needs to do, but some don't do it. This is your personal invitation to do so. "Solar Flare" is a harder song of the album, but it's still can put you in a trace. 311 shows that the government doesn't care if we're shooting up flares for help. "Waiting" is one of those song everyone can or will find is true. It's an awesome song that has the message of waiting for the one you love. Everyone will have to do this in one way or another. "Long For The Flowers" is one of those songs that you can settle into. It's a great song! "Getting Through to Her" is a song that have you bobbing your head to. It's about, as song title states, geting through to a girl (or guy). "Whiskey and Wine" is one of the most catchy songs on the whole cd. It'ss get you dancing and singing with it in no time. Another smashing hit! "It's Getting OK Now" is about a subject we all consider once in a while - death. It about wonder what happens after we die. Something that everyone does. This is 311's way of expressing that thought. "There's Always An Excuse" is self-explanitory. There's always an excuse you can make to any problem you have, but this urges you to take back the slack that you gave for yourself. Someone else is going through the same thing somewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!

    311 is my all time favorite band, songs like "Flowing", "Don't Let Me Down", "Homebrew" being my favs. Though this album is much different from previous ones, I LOVE IT! Like other 311 albums, there is a variety of types of songs on here, cause thats the nature of the band. Otherwise you'd have 8 albums of songs that sound like "Down". The tone of the album is similar to "Love Song" and "First Straw" from their Greatest Hits album. The best tracks on the album in my opinion are "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "Waiting" (it seems like a cartoonish song, I love it!) "Whiskey & Wine" and "Long for the Flowers". Heck, all of the album ROCKS. Definately a great summer/rocking/partying/hanging with your friends/going for a drive album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This album was absolutely great. I bought this album the day it came out and it hasn't been out of my CD player yet. Gah it is just so awesome. I recommend this album to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Tread on Me

    I recently spoke with nick hexum on august third. He personally described the cd as away for them to show their deepest vocal abilities. sa martinez wanted to do a cd that didnt only have him doing his amazing rapping but also that he can sing too. he also told me that they want to try a differnt style more that the slow music 311 fans could relate to. speak easy is a great song that dors make you just want to throw all of your problems aside and relax. He was the nicest most sweetest person i have ever met. all i have to say is see for yourself. I have a 311 tattoo and he seemed to be so amazed that a fan such as a young female would have that. I absolutly love him. Nick you rock!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    311 has done it again!

    As always, 311 has released an amazing album. I have been a fan for ten years, and I'm amazed that a band that has been together for 15 years still has this much creative energy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't Tread on Me

    what happened? i like the whole cd but its so slow. its almost like its not the same. 311 is mainly about the fast moshing positivity not the slow put you to sleep stuff. well what can i say? i didnt get my tattoo for nuthin! nick hexum i still love you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    another amazing 311 album i ahvnt hread all the track but 6 sic of them are realyl good and der wroth a lsiten to by anyone

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