I recently spoke with Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind as he celebrated the release of the band's fifth album, Dopamine. Check it out here.
We were pushed into marketing and branding that we never recognized. We would do photo shoots and I would look at them and just flatline. I was like, “I have no relationship to this. I don’t know what this is.” It was just our record company trying to get the quickest line to a dollar. And we would have fights and arguments about it, but what we didn’t realize is that we could just say no.
Third Eye Blind will release their fifth full-length album, and their first in six years, on June 16th. The record, titled Dopamine, will employ "signature guitar riffs and rock arrangements" and will detail "the personal relationships that have come and gone in the rapidly changing world we live in." You can stream the first single, "Everything is Easy," in the replies.
My adoration for Third Eye Blind's self-titled debut is no secret. I frequently dub the record my favorite of all-time, I threw a 100% retro review at it last year, and I spent half a month's rent to grab the original vinyl pressing. Simply put, no pop/rock record has ever proven as innovative musically while maintaining massive accessibility. The band recently released the second pressing of self-titled, along with the rest of their discography - in honor of the occasion, we're giving away something special: a vinyl test press of self-titled. To win, follow AbsolutePunk & Third Eye Blind on Twitter, then retweet this. Good luck!
Founding member of Third Eye Blind, guitarist Kevin Cadogan, has opened up about his time with the band in a recent interview with Hidden Track. Amongst the revelations, Cadogan states that album classic "Wounded" was originally cut from the album, and that he was in the process of being replaced before Blue was even written or recorded.
After launching their vinyl box set yesterday, Third Eye Blind has now posted self-titled, Blue, and Out Of The Veinfor sale individually - this marks the first time Out Of The Vein has been pressed to vinyl. The Red Star EP and the original cream cover of self-titled are exclusive to the box set. All three are double LPs on 180 gram, at $35 a piece.
Third Eye Blind have released a hand-signed and numbered limited edition 180-gram vinyl boxed set of their catalog and bonus tracks, including the full-lyric version of “Slow Motion”. The collection marks the first vinyl release for Out of the Vein and the Red Star EP. Four of the albums have been printed in rare colored vinyl, and the self-titled debut features the original cream colored album cover, only available in this boxed set. With a limited run of 500, each set includes an embossed logo “placeholder” signed by founding members Stephan Jenkins and Brad Hargreaves for the band’s upcoming album in 2014. The set iis $200 and available via their webstore - more details in the replies.
In support of XEB (original Third Eye Blind members Kevin Cadogan and Arion Salazar with vocalist John Stephens, performing 3EB songs), Cadogan is posting videos playing guitar sections from the first two 3EB records. Quite the innovative guitar player, so they're definitely worth watching - here's "Graduate," "Darkness," "God Of Wine," "1000 Julys," and "Gorgeous."
Original Third Eye Blind members Kevin Cadogan and Arion Salazar have released a new video for their project XEB, covering 3EB songs with vocalist John Stephens of Neve. Watch their video for "Graduate" here - the audio is from a one-take live performance.
Third Eye Blind has unearthed extra promotional vinyl copies of the original pressings from self-titled and Blue. If $400 sounds reasonable to you, grab your copies via their BandPage - only three bundles left.
Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind's original guitarist, co-writer of self-titled & half of Blue) has a new band: Seven Cinematic. Hear the band's first song, "The Beautiful Ones," in the replies, and check out their Kickstarter if you're interested in contributing to the project.
On Friday at their Fair St. Louis performance Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind announced that the reason they have not been touring much is because they have been in San Francisco recording their new album. No date was mentioned.
Third Eye Blind recently posted from its Facebook page a mashup of its own "Semi-Charmed Life" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," which you can check out in the replies. It's awesome. Please, Internet, keep the "Call Me Maybe" goodness coming.
At Sunday's Bamboozle Roadshow Third Eye Blind announced they are heading into the studio to record Ursa Minor when they return home from the tour. Check out this article about Stephan's new found friendship with Alex Gaskarth and head to the replies for another interview of Stephan.