Third Eye Blind are one of those nostalgic bands that remind us how great the songs from the 90s were.
With several of their smashing 90s hits like “Semi-Charmed Life”, “Jumper”, “How’s It Going to Be”, and “Never Let You Go”, Third Eye Blind is the very epitome of 90s alternative rock.
The band has gone through many member changes with lead vocalist Stephan Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves being the only remaining core members while the other current members are made up of Kryz Reid (lead guitar), Alex Kopp (keyboards), and Alex LeCavalier (bass guitar).
|The current members include Stephan Jenkins, Brad Hargreaves, Kryz Reid, Alex Kopp, and Alex LeCavalier.|
But despite the line-up changes, the band is still going strong today, having just released their latest EP “We Are Drugs” a month ago, which features “Cop Vs. Phone Girl”, a lyrically strong song that touches on sensitive topics such as social justice, police brutality, Black Lives Matter and racism.
This month, Third Eye Blind is set to perform at one of Malaysia’s biggest music festivals, Rockaway on 19 November 2016 at Extreme Park, Bukit Jalil.
But before the concert, TheHive.Asia had the opportunity to interview the band’s lead guitarist Kryz Reid who told us everything from the band’s latest EP, to their progress and upcoming show in Malaysia!
|Current lead guitarist replaced Tony Fredianelli in 2010.|
How does it feel performing in Malaysia for the very first time?
We’re really excited for it. It’s gonna be my first time in KL, really looking forward to it!
How do guys feel being a part of Rockaway and how did it happen?
We’re really happy to be part of the festival. How it happened is some kind of behind the scenes magic, right? We never want to know how the sausage is made! [laughs]
So you guys just released your latest EP “We Are Drugs” this month, can you tell us more about it and what fans can expect from it at the show?
It’s an EP that came together really quickly. We recorded it in a few different studios while we were touring throughout the year. We started playing the songs live at soundchecks and sometimes at shows then bashed them out in the studio. It’s a really immediate snapshot of the band right now.
Why is the EP called “We Are Drugs”, is it somehow related to your fifth album “Dopamine”?
Stephan had the idea that it would be continuous of the themes on Dopamine, like an addendum to it. It started out as an idea he had for a t-shirt! [laughs]
|Cover of “We Are Drugs”.|
Do you have a favourite song from the EP, and why?
I don’t really, they’re all like our kids, I can’t pick one over another.
“Dopamine” is quite a success, how is the reception for “We Are Drugs” thus far?
It’s been really, really well received. Maybe a better reception than Dopamine, I’m not sure. Our fan base went nuts over it as soon as it came out, and it went straight to number 1 on iTunes.
In 2012, you guys mentioned that after the release of the fifth album, TEB would cease releasing full albums, in favour of smaller EP releases. Why did you guys decide to do that?
That was something Stephan said which was more about immediacy, ya know? Releasing the songs as they are ready to go out instead of waiting to have a collection of tracks and a concept and everything else that goes along with making a record all lined up. More like again, a snapshot of the songs as they are at that time rather than over thinking it.
Third Eye Blind has been in the industry for more than 20 years now, how do you think your music has changed over the years?
I think there’s always been a common thread through Third Eye’s music lyrically which kind of binds it all together regardless of the musical styles, which are always being pushed. “Isn’t it Pretty” on the new EP is a perfect example of that. It’s like nothing else on the EP, yet it’s bound to the rest of the tracks because of Stephan’s lyrics and vocal delivery, I think.
What are your tips on surviving in the music industry since every year, more and more new musicians and talents are surfacing?
I’ll give you the two best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given with relation to the music industry – “Show up on time, play awesome, wear a clean shirt.” and “Always be spectacular.”
What can we expect from your upcoming performance at Rockaway Malaysia?