Posts Tagged ‘Third Eye Blind’

3ebAfter having been unofficially announced within Third Eye Blind‘s bio on any number of venue websites where 3EB will be performing on tour this summer with Dashboard Confessional, it was incorrectly stated that Dopamine, 3EB’s first release in 6 years, was set for a Spring 2015 release date. That quote can be found below:

“3EB will release Dopamine, their first studio collection in six years, in Spring 2015.”

Third Eye Blind have officially announced that Dopamine will be released on June 16, 2015.

UPDATE: A new song entitled “Everything is Easy” was posted to Rdio. It seems as though it has since been removed.

UPDATE: “Everything is Easy is now on YouTube and has been released for purchase as the first single from Dopamine.

relient-k-is-for-karaokeIn the interest of not mincing words, let me be blunt: I’ve never liked Relient K that much. I don’t hate them or anything, I just was never the biggest fan. They’ve always been a little too cheery, a little too happy-go-lucky/unicorns-and-rainbows for my taste. It doesn’t help matters that the first time I ever heard a Relient K song I was sitting in Sunday school. Most things I heard in Sunday school were a bunch of hogwash anyway, so I’ve probably subconsciously—and very unfairly—grouped Relient K in with talking snakes and immaculate conception, even though the band, to their credit, really doesn’t shove the religion thing down their listeners’ throats.

Having said that, I’ll definitely give Relient K credit for one thing: they can pull off a darned good cover song. That’s why I do enjoy their latest release, Is for Karaoke. The album consists of 14 songs by other bands, reimagined by Matt Theissen and company quite effectively. I say “reimagined,” but in truth, most of these covers stick pretty closely to the originals. Is for Karaoke spans a decent spectrum of pop music—from 80s classics to 90s rock to modern post-2000 hits.

Of course, my favorite songs are the songs whose original versions I already liked. As a huge Third Eye Blind fan, Relient K’s cover of “Motorcycle Drive By” might be my favorite out of the lot. Also notable are the covers of the Wallflower’s 90s hit “One Headlight,” Chicago’s (slightly cheeky) love ballad “You’re the Inspiration,” and Stone Temple Pilots’ “Interstate Love Song.” And although I think Weezer covers are a dime a dozen these days, the version of “Surf Wax America” here is certainly respectable.

If you like to imagine yourself running away with the circus, this version of They Might Be Giants’ “Doctor Worm” will tickle your fancy. If you’re a club-trotting 17-year-old you may enjoy Cindy Lauper’s “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” If you like modern pop, Relient K includes a cover of Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.” I barely know who those artists are, especially Barkley. How do you say his first name? Nar-rolls? Nar-whals? And I really think Justin Bieber could pass me on his way to the local Mini-Mart to purchase a cinnamon bun and I wouldn’t recognize him.

The real gem of the album, in my opinion, comes near the end: Theissen and the gang’s reworking of Toto’s “Africa” sounds just about perfect. The harmonies that Theissen and guitarist Matt Hoopes weave in the choruses are quite excellent. Even my mom liked it!

Sure, this album is a bit goofy, a bit tongue-in-cheek, a bit unicorn-y. Just like I think Relient K’s actual records are. But it’s still a fun distraction from your everyday musical routine. Sometimes you need some good ol’ fashioned fun. Give it a listen, but try not to picture that Sunday school pastor with the creepy mustache who smelled vaguely of peanut butter! (I just made that up, that never really happened.)

~J.M.