311’s Nick Hexum explains how ‘Mosaic’ brought the band and its fans closer than ever – Orange County Register

Lately whenever 311 vocalist and guitarist Nick Hexum needs a little pick-me-up, all he has to do is take a good, hard look at the cover art for the band’s 12th studio album, “Mosaic.”

The release, which dropped back on June 23, includes a cover that is actually comprised of more than 10,000 photos submitted by 311 fans and a handful of pictures submitted by the band members themselves, hanging out with their most loyal devotees. The mosaic-style cover was the brainchild of one of 311’s managers and is a not-so-subtle nod to the fact that in its nearly 30 years of existence, 311 hasn’t just built a fan base, it’s built an actual community.

“It’s really heartwarming even now to be able to go to the hi-res page where you can zoom in and look at all of these smiling faces with people in their 311 gear, partying together or hanging out with their families,” Hexum said during a recent phone interview. “If I ever get a little down, I can just go there and see that we’re really touching people and we’re making people happy.”

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