311 Turns Its Own Knobs

311 is gearing up to release its next album, "Soundsystem," which sports some heavy-duty production help from Hugh Padgham.

Padgham, who has produced Sting, the Police, Melissa Etheridge, and XTC, among others, gets the main producer credit on "Soundsystem," while 311 singer-guitarist Nick Hexum will be listed as co-producer. Hexum told the MTV Radio Network that although Padgham was manning the mixing boards, the group members were doing their share of button-pushing as well.

"On this record, more than ever, we were in there working, turning the knobs ourselves," Hexum said, "rather than just going into a recording studio and pointing at something and saying, 'Make that a little more treblely or more low end,' and [using] these weird esoteric terms about 'crunch' and stuff. This time we went in there and made it happen ourselves, 'cause we really learned how to use all the gear." [RealAudio]

"Soundsystem" is due in stores on October 12, and the band will be on a theater tour through early December (see "311 To 'Come Original' For Fall Theater Tour"), and 311 will be on a theater tour through early December. Here's where you can catch them:

  • 10/3 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theater
  • 10/10 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
  • 10/13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ DV8
  • 10/19 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol
  • 10/20 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
  • 10/21 - Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
  • 10/22 - Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
  • 10/29 - Birmingham, AL @ Five Points South Music Hall
  • 10/31 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
  • 11/3 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
  • 11/4 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
  • 11/5 - Norfolk, VA @ The Boathouse
  • 11/6 - Washington, DC @ Nation
  • 11/12 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
  • 11/15 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
  • 11/22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Metropol
  • 11/24

    - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall

  • 11/25 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballroom
  • 11/26 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
  • 11/27 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
  • 11/30 - Baton Rogue, LA @ Varsity Theater
  • 12/1 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues