Third Eye Blind, one of the most cited and emulated to this new generation of indie bands, has just released its first album in six years titled Dopamine today (available on iTunes and Amazon). Songwriter Stephan Jenkins, renowned for his inimitable lyrical sensibility, developed this collection while on tour over the last few years behind the band’s previous number one album, Ursa Major. Though it employs signature guitar riffs, Dopamine is very much an exploration and rumination of the present tense.
Jenkins utilizes his characteristic rhythmic vocal style and lyrical prowess on issues of identity, connection, isolation and authenticity while keeping a sharp eye on a culture in rapid change.
Paradoxically, Third Eye Blind’s focus on guitar and live playing sounds novel and newly fresh in a pop landscape consumed with sequenced drums and keyboard tracks. There is a sense of spontaneity to Dopamine that can only come from their evolution as a live band.
What remains constant, however, is the endearing quality in the music and the fierce heartfelt core of Jenkins’ narrative. Check out the music video for “Everything Is Easy” HERE.
Third Eye Blind have toured relentlessly over the past few years, including huge appearances at music festivals across the globe. Currently making appearances with direct support Dashboard Confessional and No Wyld, a band who will be appearing on the tour tomorrow Wednesday, June 17 in Baltimore, MD and Thursday, June 18 in Boston, MA, the summer tour will extend through the end of July with two shows in San Francisco, CA at the Nob Hill Masonic Temple on July 25 and 26. “This tour has been so great because I get to invite bands I just love,” Jenkins said. “No Wyld fit in because they have touched on my hip-hop sensibility and take it to another place.” A full listing of dates can be found below, and information on tickets can be found on the band’s official website, http://www.thirdeyeblind.com.
Third Eye Blind gained wide success at the end of the recording industry golden age. Their endurance and ability to adapt through the digital revolution speaks to the ingenuity and creativity found in the music. After four smash albums and millions of records sold worldwide, they continue to write, record and tour, entertaining their core audience while growing a larger, younger and more dedicated fanbase than ever. The band now work and communicate in a fluid new world where their music continues to naturally evolve. Their exchange with their audience is unfiltered, and being from the hub of the digital space, they are using it to develop a closer exchange with their audience, which will continue to flourish with the release of Dopamine.
Third Eye Blind will be touring North America in support of Dopamine as well as performing a number of hits from its expansive back catalog this summer with Dashboard Confessional supporting. Tour dates below.
17 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 Pavilion #
18 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
19 – New York, NY – JBL Live at Pier 97 *
20 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing *
22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
23 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavilion *
25 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre *
26 – Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *
27 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest *
28 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cabooze *
30 – Papillion, NE – Sumter Amphitheater *
02 – Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
03 – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center *
04 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall *
06 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater *
07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre *
09 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore Auditorium *
10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex *
11 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint *
12 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre *
14 – Lake Tahoe, NV – MontBlue Resort *
15 – Livermore, CA – Wente Vineyards *
17 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheater *
18 – Valley Center, CA – Harrah’s Rincon – The Events Center *
19 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater *
21 – Boise, ID – Idaho Botanical Garden *
22 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park *
23 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater *
25 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center *
26 – San Francisco, CA – Nob Hill Masonic Center *
# = w/ Dashboard Confessional, No Wyld
* = w/ Dashboard Confessional