P-Nut was featured on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” online chat on August 26, where he answered a ton of fans’ questions. I did not log in at the time, but discovered some pretty interesting info while reading through the chat history today.
Q: What made you guys want to go back to Scotch for the new album? What is it that you enjoy about working with him?
A: SCOTCH is behind the live console making sure every show sounds great, it’s a natural progression to have him at the HIVE (or up at chad’s place) recording our new stuff. But the real breakthrough is how much writing he’s doing, and digging up old stuff and giving us a reason to be badass hehe
Q: Has the 311 cruise replaced fall tours? Those have been my favorite, most intimate shows over the years.
A: seems kind of like that huh? but, no, just taking a break from theaters, we’ll be back. I promise
Q: What is your favorite song to play live?
A: nutsymptom is up there with the rest of my favorites, kind of has it all…spitting lyrics, slap line in the verse, bass solo, guitar solo, drums off the chart…good times
Q: Can you tell us how the new album is going to sound?
A: a little funk, lots of groove, plenty of heavy…I’m stoked for any and all 311 fans, the new shit is fire.
Q: Is there any chance that fans will one day see instrumental versions of past albums?
A: I think instrumental versions of the songs would allow the music geeks to really feel what c/t/and me have put in the songs without all those pesky lyrics, hehe.
Q: How much gas do you think 311 has in the tank, how long do you think you guys will keep touring?
A: good question, easy ten more years, and I don’t see us destructing, maybe just slowing down, living some life outside of the road. But I love traveling the states and seeing the faces and getting paid. hehe. it’s all too fun to ever think of quitting
Q: Why is there no Cruise DVD/BlueRay?
A: cause we’re stupid
Q: How come nothing ever happened with the DTOM demo Go? What I heard was incredible!
A: GO has been reborn…
Q: Hey P-nut how many of the new songs will we hear at 311day2014?
A: probably five or six, I would bet.
Q: I ran across this song on YouTube the other day. And I couldn’t help but notice the bass line is extremely similar to WWIT. Any influence there? Or is it purely coincidental? The song is “Love Games” by Level 42. Not trying to call you out, just legitimately curious!
A: I had a teacher way back in omaha that was obsessed with mark king, taught me the bass line, I’ve tried to play it exactly the same way, but, it always came out a little different (vanilla ice moment, hehe). the band heard me play it so much it found it’s way into a song (or three). his original line is way more swinging than my straight version and he’s an incredible player and writer, I am just an ambitious student with no shame. hehe
Q: Do you have any idea if SA will be rapping a lot more on this new album? You said lyrically that this album is darker too. Any examples of what is so dark about them?
A: it’s not that it’s so…….dark, it just contains that element more than in a typical 311 album. sa has a couple raps that are earth shatteringly cool