Third Eye Blind
Summer Gods Tour Live 2017
It’s been 20 years since San Francisco Third Eye Blind emerged with their self-titled debut record and radio hit “Semi Charmed Life”
Now with a slightly revised lineup but still featuring founder Stephan Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves, the band has recently toured to mark the milestone. There was always much more to the band’s sound than the radio-ready pop of Semi Charmed Life” and on the evidence of opener “Weightless” the band are sounding as fresh, urgent and experimental.
Summer Gods features most of the hits and a couple of deep cuts but most of the key moments from that debut record are here, including “Motorcycle Drive By”, “God of Wine”, “Narcolepsy” and “Jumper” and “Semi Charmed Life”, faithfully performed by a band that sounds tight and on point. However, newer material such as the excellent “Company of Strangers” shows the band is far from relying on past glories and bodes well for a new album later in 2018.
A couple of decades may have passed since their debut record made them famous, but Summer Gods proves that there’s more to come from a band that’s comfortable in its new incarnation while celebrating the record that changed their fortunes.