Review: 311 introduces new music in intimate show at The Fillmore
Tracy Heck

Reggae rock band 311 brought their Unity Tour 2017 to The Fillmore Detroit on Sunday where they took the stage alongside openers The Skints and New Politics.The band just released their twelfth studio album Mosaic last week.

The album is a hit among both critics and fans and the band pulled out a number of the songs during Sunday's set.The show was the official kickoff of the tour and the band promised a longer set in celebration.They lived up to their word as they played for well over two hours with a fantastic setlist that hit on all the points of their nearly thirty-year career.

New tracks like "Wildfire," "Island Sun" and the crowd favorite, "Too Much to Think," went over extremely well and older tracks like "Come Original," "Down," "All Mixed Up" and "Beautiful Disaster" had the packed venue jumping from the floor up to the balcony.

The band usually plays larger outdoor venues on their summer tours so it was a nice change to see them in a smaller, more intimate setting. It was clear that the whole band was having a blast all evening and the interplay between vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez kept everyone laughing throughout the set.

Towards the end of the set, the band pulled out a one-two punch with a fantastic performance of their classic "Amber" and the live debut of the intense track "One and the Same." Later, 311 wrapped things up with a three-song encore of "Omaha Stylee," new track "Too Late" and "F*ck the Bullsh*t."

The show also featured a energetic set from Danish rock band New Politics, whose frontman David Boyd had more energy than everyone in the building combined, as he jumped, cartwheeled and break danced across the stage. In the middle of the set, he also did a little crowd surfing.

The crowd particularly enjoyed singles "Fall Into These Arms" and "Harlem," as well as the powerful "Overcome."

London reggae fusion band The Skints opened the show and were making their Detroit debut. The band seemed taken aback by how many people had come out early to the show and seemed to thrive on the crowd's enthusiastic response. The band mixes a wide range of genres and instruments in their sets and they certainly impressed those who were in attendance.