During Third Eye Blind’s recent appearance in Cleveland, OH for Musicians On Call, an organization which brings music to the bedsides of patients in health care facilities, frontman Stephan Jenkins asked the attending crowd: “Raise your hand if you believe in science.” Since then the phrase caught fire and has been making the rounds online with even Hillary Clinton echoing the phrase “I believe in science” during her official acceptance of the Democratic party nomination for President of the United States last Thursday evening in Philadelphia, PA. To show support, Third Eye Blind has created its very own “Raise Your Hand If You Believe In Science” shirt and will donate the proceeds from the sales of the shirt to the Hillary For America campaign. More details on the shirt can be found on Third Eye Blind’s Facebook page HERE.
Last week, Third Eye Blind also released “Cop Vs. Phone Girl,” a new song from its forthcoming We Are Drugs EP that will be issued later this summer. “Cop Vs. Phone Girl” takes a mid tempo, rhythmic sing along to tap on police brutality and race that is both up nightmarish and uplifting. Written by Jenkins, the song’s impact is all the more intense because the absurdity that it depicts is an accounting of an actual assault. In a testament to Jenkins’ songwriting mastery, he still finds a way to chide hope into a dark narrative, and creates something anthemic out of viscously specific details.
The narrative behind the track is about the attack last year at Spring Valley High in South Carolina on a student by a campus police officer. It’s a scene Jenkins understood due to his time working briefly, after college, at a school for emotionally disturbed children. “Sometimes, we had to restrain kids who were having violent outbursts,” Jenkins recalls. “We were trained not to frighten them much less cause harm. The contrast really hit home to me just how surreal and insane this incident was.” “Cop Vs. Phone Girl” is now online for both streaming and purchase on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify and iTunes.
We Are Drugs, the follow-up to last year’s Dopamine, was recorded in late-Spring during a week-long intensive at renowned Sonic Ranch, a vintage recording studio secluded in the midst of a pecan ranch in Texas borderland. Jenkins: “It allowed us the focus to take songs sometimes all the way from inception to completion in continuous sessions. We also allowed ourselves freedom on We Are Drugs from any definitions or guidelines of what we were supposed to be, we just took joy in getting in a big room together and letting music happen and then chasing it around wherever it led us. It is one of the most freeing recording experiences I have had.”
Coinciding with the release of the song, Third Eye Blind also recently announced its upcoming international tour dates and summer festival appearances. A full listing of dates can be found below and more information on tickets can be found via Third Eye Blind’s official website, http://www.thirdeyeblind.com.
AUGUST 06 – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fair
07 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
18 – Makati, Philippines – Mall of Asia Arena
20 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival
23 – Rhinebeck, NY – Duthchess County Fair
25 – Islington, UK – O2 Academy
26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
SEPTEMBER 01 – Providence, RI – Alex and Ani City Center
02 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
03 – Sugar Hill, GA – Bowl at Sugar Hill
04 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
17 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO Del Mar
25 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival