Third Eye Blind and Taking Back Sunday share a historical past with Jones Seashore Theater. The Lengthy Island venue is the closest to a hometown stage for Taking Again Sunday, the emo hitmakers from close by Lengthy Seashore. “The primary two reveals we did there, we have been simply riddled with nervousness,” remembers Adam Lazzara, the band’s singer. The locale has additionally turn into a favourite for San Francisco pop-rockers Third Eye Blind — although it’s flooded “each time I’ve performed there,” singer Stephan Jenkins says.

The venue is only one of many connections that come up between the musicians throughout their first dialog collectively (save for a brief brush in Asia). It’s additionally one of many places the place they may share the stage on their joint “Gods of Summer time” tour, which kicks off June 22 in Portland, Oregon. The reveals are poised to ship a wholesome dose of ’90s and early-aughts nostalgia celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of Third Eye Blind’s self-titled debut album and the twentieth of Taking Again Sunday’s Inform All Your Buddies. (Third Eye Blind is conserving the nostalgia going with a brand new unplugged album dropping on June 24 that includes performances of previous and unreleased songs.) Regardless of that throwback peg, Jenkins and Lazzara admit they’re far more excited to play their new stuff as a result of Third Eye Blind launched Our Bande Aside in 2021 and Taking Again Sunday has been engaged on new music. The singers additionally bonded over early recollections of one another’s music, stressing about set lists, and the way they give thought to the previous.

I perceive that is the primary time the 2 of you might have talked.

Adam Lazzara: There was one different very transient second. We have been within the Philippines or Singapore or someplace. We have been flying round doing festivals, and after the present, everybody was staying in the identical resort, and I feel we crossed paths within the bar. I used to be like, “Hey, man, huge fan.” And that was that. Now we’re finest mates — that’s all it took.

Stephan Jenkins: I sort of do not forget that. However these are, like, the jet-lag nations.

AL: I feel I used to be working on just some hours of sleep. That entire run that we had accomplished, we have been flying each different day, totally different time zones on daily basis, so it’s all a little bit of a blur. However I do do not forget that.

SJ: Rock-starring undoubtedly offers me plenty of — the closest factor I can really feel to it’s being a flight attendant.

AL: Simply with out the perks.

SJ: Yeah, you don’t get as many miles. However it’s, like, funky accommodations, always touring, after which you could placed on this efficiency the place you’re accountable for individuals’s well-being. And also you do that in a state of fixed fatigue. I stay my whole day in alignment to be as absolutely alive and awake as I might be after I’m onstage, and nonetheless, you may present up simply at 80 %. So right here’s to flight attendants.

The press launch for the tour has Taking Again Sunday’s guitarist, John Nolan, speaking concerning the band actually liking Third Eye Blind’s sophomore album, Blue. Does both of you keep in mind any early impressions of the opposite’s music?

AL: I keep in mind seeing Stephan and his individuals on TV after I was youthful, however plenty of the content material there, after I appeared previous what was introduced visually and dug into the information, made a big effect on me and the remainder of the band.

SJ: Wow.

AL: I used to be somewhat bit late to the sport, too, ’trigger I really feel like I spent a superb quantity of my youthful years being like, If it’s not quick and loud, then I’m not gonna take heed to it. Which in hindsight I feel was a nasty choice to make on the time, however you develop and also you study. Then as soon as I sat down with the information, I used to be actually blown away. I used to be dwelling in Lengthy Seashore, New York — this was in all probability 2002 or ’03, perhaps ’04 — and I walked from the west finish to this file retailer, which wasn’t too far. That was when, oh my God, I’m completely blanking on it, the inexperienced file. When did the inexperienced file come out?

SJ: God, it’s all a blur. The inexperienced one was Out of the Vein.

2003.

SJ: Yeah, I used to be gonna say ’03, however then might it’s ’05? What’s the distinction?

AL: Yeah, true. No, I keep in mind going to get that file the day it got here out. Strolling again, I had my Discman. You realize, you needed to maintain it actual rigorously, so it wouldn’t skip while you have been strolling.

SJ: Discmans, wow, Jesus. So Taking Again Sunday, it’s simply been so ubiquitous. The factor that’s actually been frequent, to me, is that this comparability between our bands that I don’t hear as a result of — I don’t know learn how to describe it. You’re like, extra vitality. However the commonality is on this willingness to really feel it. That is all getting towards how we got here to tour collectively. I didn’t actually make the selection. I feel we had three bands we needed to tour with.

AL: And none of them might do it, and that’s how we ended up on the tour.

SJ: No, no! I took them to the Catastrophe Twins, they usually’re groupies. In some way that phrase has been shamed or one thing, however they’re. I are inclined to take heed to what they are saying. They bought actually critical about Taking Again Sunday, so it was simply radically obvious to me: That is the place we wanted to be this summer time. We have been very fortunate that you just guys might truly unencumber your calendar.

AL: You’re gonna need to ship me their handle and ship them an Edible Association or one thing.

SJ: No, they’ll discover you. They’ll be out this summer time and simply, I don’t know. They’ve an uncanny knack.

These excursions are approaching the heels of two anniversaries: Third Eye Blind is celebrating 25 years of its debut after which Taking Again Sunday has 20 years of its debut. Are these belongings you’re readily conscious of, like, Oh yeah, that’ll be 20 years of that? How do occasions like this come up?

AL: I’m undoubtedly not conscious. We simply need to be reminded. I assume you could possibly take a look at it as some sort of college reunion or one thing. It’s fairly uncommon that most individuals I do know could be like, Oh man, fairly quickly it’s gonna be 20 years since highschool. I used to be reminded by our supervisor. Then in that second, it hits you, like, Oh my God. I don’t find out about you, Stephan, however we don’t typically permit ourselves a lot time to sit down and replicate.

SJ: Sitting and reflecting is vastly overrated. I’ve no real interest in it. Yeah, no, I’ve to be instructed about birthdays and landmarks. I feel for me, this being the twenty fifth anniversary of Third Eye Blind, it undoubtedly made me attempt to take some inventory of ourselves. I’ve by no means began a set listing early, like I did for this summer time, as a result of I’ve put it on myself to attempt to make the closest factor to a memoir of the band. Some cohesive assertion of what the band is. And I couldn’t do it, completely failed at it. I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine what Third Eye Blind is. It’s a thriller to me that I’m nonetheless making an attempt to unravel.

Adam, do you’re feeling the identical means about fascinated with a set?

AL: There are some songs, the older ones, particularly from that first file, that really feel like they aren’t ours anymore. They sort of tackle new life and turn into this totally different factor once we play them in entrance of individuals. So there are specific ones I consider we’ll simply at all times play ’trigger they belong to the individuals. However with this tour, popping out of the previous few years and dealing on new issues and having time to really sit at house, we’ll hopefully be making an attempt to throw some new songs into the set. I do know for most individuals, that’s while you go get a beer or no matter. We’re simply excited to have the ability to do the rattling factor once more. Stephan, while you talked about set lists, I used to be like, Oh my God, I haven’t even considered that. It’s one thing we’ll in all probability work out the night time earlier than after which iron out throughout the first week or two.

SJ: For me, I had about 50 songs I actually needed to placed on the set listing, so there was all this mixing and chopping that wanted to occur. Once we have been on the twentieth anniversary of our band, we did one thing we’d by no means accomplished earlier than: We simply went out and performed the primary album entrance to again, in sequence. That was sort of a hoot, and in addition we vowed to by no means do it once more. I simply have a set-making rule of no two songs from one file in a row. I don’t even know why I do this.

AL: Identical rule right here, yeah. I really feel such as you don’t wanna give anybody the impression that you just’re favoring one file over one other.

SJ: However you at all times favor the most recent one, ’trigger that’s the one you’re enthusiastic about.

AL: Yeah, 100%. Which doesn’t at all times pan out, however when it really works, oh, it’s lovely.

SJ: Do you might have the phenomenon that your favourite music is the latest one?

AL: Yeah. At all times.

SJ: So you place vitality into that. And if you happen to’re coming from an genuine area, then that’s the factor you’re actually enthusiastic about while you play it. Our present album, Our Bande Aside — I’m someone who doesn’t take heed to their very own music ’trigger it makes me really feel self-conscious, and this album is definitely the primary one the place I can really feel good listening to it. I can hear it within the automotive, and I don’t have any amendments. So, retrospective? No, we’re gonna play plenty of songs from our new album.

Typically, it looks like individuals assume, They’re simply placing the brand new music out ’trigger they need to get a paycheck. So it’s cool to listen to you’re nonetheless excited.

SJ: Yeah, completely. I don’t really feel compelled to make materials in any respect, a minimum of from that perspective. It’s all simply coming from an actual urge to render this expertise in these instances musically. I do the whole lot primarily based on the happiness quotient, and the trade and all that stuff can go eat raspberries.

These two anniversaries are for albums that kick-started your bands and introduced you to this place the place you may nonetheless be making new music 20, 25 years later that persons are being attentive to. Was there a single second round these preliminary releases while you realized, That is one thing we’re gonna have the ability to do for some time?

AL: There was undoubtedly a second of Wait a minute, I feel this might work. However it’s at all times been extra of this outlook like, Man, there’s so many individuals which can be so good at doing this, and by some means we have been in a position to be right here. Like, This might all be accomplished at any minute, so we have to maintain making an attempt actually onerous on a regular basis.

SJ: Yeah, I’ve by no means felt that means. I’m at all times simply sort of amazed.

AL: [Singing] Possibly I’m amazed on the means you —

For those who have been gonna cowl one of many different band’s songs, which might you decide?

AL: “Motorbike Drive-By.” Really, I’ve somewhat model of it labored out that I simply decide round the home.

SJ: Actually?

AL: Yeah. It’s only a enjoyable one to play, ?

SJ: Nicely, come play it, for God’s sake.

AL: I don’t assume anyone’s gonna wanna hear us do this. It’s enjoyable ’trigger it’s only for me.

SJ: I’ve been truly fascinated with you upfront of this tour as a result of there’s a music we coated referred to as “All My Buddies Are Funeral Singers.” We’re actually not a gang-vocal band. There’s like gang-vocal rock, and, , it at all times looks like a Toyota industrial or one thing. However now we have this music that made the set listing for this summer time, and my hope is that you just guys are gonna come out and sing with us.

AL: Nicely, don’t let your mouth go writing checks your ass can’t money, man. We’re in. I’ll go take heed to the music. I’m gonna test that out.

SJ: Adam, my ass and my mouth are prepared.

This dialog has been edited and condensed for readability.

Which has a inexperienced album cowl.

3EB’s Stephan Jenkins Meets TBS’s Adam Lazzara
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