It’s worth noting that STEREOLITHIC was released via the band’s own 311 Records and is being distributed by INgrooves, making it 311’s first truly independent release since their early days in Omaha, Nebraska. The album follows 2011’s Universal Pulse, which entered the Top 200 at No. 7.
The band celebrated the March 11th release of STEREOLITHIC with a special “311 DAY” concert at the New Orleans Arena, tearing through 66 songs over the course of a 5-hour show to a frenzied crowd of more than 10,000 fans. Tickets for the event were purchased by fans from all 50 U.S. states and more than 15 countries. As pointed out by Consequence of Sound, “there’s something about a band playing 60+ songs over five hours that’s worthy of our attention. Aside from Springsteen or Pearl Jam, there aren’t many acts who can claim such a feat.”
The band recorded STEREOLITHIC with longtime collaborator/producer Scott Ralston, best known for his work on some of the band’s most popular releases, including 1993’s gold-selling Music, 1995's triple-platinum selling 311, 1997’s platinum-selling Transistor and 1999’s gold-selling Soundsystem. STEREOLITHIC was mixed by Ralston and 311 drummer Chad Sexton. Rolling Stone describes the album as an LP “bursting with joyous choruses and taut grooves” and Entertainment Weekly praised the disc for its “fattened power chords, reggae stylings and gentle melodies.”