Transistor was released 16 years ago today on August 5, 1997. Shifting drastically from the musical style of 311′s triple platinum mainstream breakthrough (“The Blue Album”), Transistor represented the band taking monumental creative risks and stepping away a bit from the rap-rock genre. Nick said, “It’s pretty weird, but give it a shot. It’s not your standard rock music… but there’s enough of that!” Transistor received primarily negative reviews upon release from critics, but over time has solidified its position as a fan favorite and has even received positive critical praise retrospectively.

Watch this MTV interview as Kennedy chats with Nick about Transistor, touring, and more.

Also, be sure to get the DVD of Transistor being played in full live at the 2010 Pow Wow Festival!