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Don't Tread on Me

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311: Robb D. Cohen / Retna

Don't Tread on Me

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
Producers:
Jive Records, Volcano
genre:
Rock

We gave it a C

311’s specialty is jolly pop-punk with occasional reggae trimmings, and the L.A.-based quintet is very good at what they do. Problem is, what they do isn’t very good. Earnest, workmanlike, inoffensive — these are not qualities we look for in the bands we take to our hearts. Intermittently catchy melodies help a bit, but not enough on Don’t Tread on Me to counter the overwhelming aura of by-the-numbers blandness.