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Interview:
Third Eye Blind at Sound Board, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digialfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twit

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Third Eye Blind is known primarily for its late 90s hits -- "Semi-Charmed Life," "Jumper," "How's It Going To Be," "Never Let You Down" -- but the group has not stopped since.



Though only frontman Stephan Jenkins remains of the original lineup, he's guided 3EB through five albums and in August released an EP called "Thanks For Everything," featuring covers of songs by Bon Iver, Santigold, Tim Buckley, Queens of the Stone Age and Chastity Belt. There's another new album on the way as well, and a resolve from Jenkins to never let fans, or himself, down as he continues...



Jenkins, 54, says by phone that "Thanks For Everything" came about during 3EB's European tour earlier this year, when the group "had the urge to record. There was the idea of just going in and appreciating songs that never got much attention that we always through we great. So it's kind of us sharing our joy in those songs, and when you go in and record something by somebody like Santigold or Bon Iver, it gives you a different perspective on things."



Jenkins says that 3EB has "been working on songs" and plans to hit the Sonic Ranch studio in Texas on Monday, Nov. 5, to start recording them. "We'll go there for about 12 days and just get into a deep focus, which should be great. I want to be freaked. I want to be provoked. I don't want any fallback tricks. I'm always just looking for, 'How do I look at this from a different angle?" Jenkins predicts the result will be "an EP or a couple of EPs. I don't hold myself to albums anymore."



Last year 3EB toured to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its self-titled, six-times platinum debut, which he says "was a ball. We had a great time. We've had so many things to come to grips with in 20 years, so it was profound for us. The very last night of the tour was at the Greek Theater (in Los Angeles), and it just felt like an outrageously mega moment. We were all pretty choked up."



Third Eye Blind performs at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Sound Board in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. $45-$55. 313-309-4700 or soundboarddetroit.com.

Web Site: www.soundboarddetroit.com

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