The album, to be released next month by Elektra, is "raw and lovely," he says, and marks a "a new period for the band." The songs are not "decorative" and not suitable for background music, he adds. I'm really proud of it." Jenkins, who has been called everything from an egotist to a canny careerist, is Third Eye Blind: its creativity, charisma, sex-appeal, vision, ambition, CEO.
It is the San Francisco band's first album in three years and was originally scheduled for release last spring. He is the sole owner and shareholder of Third Eye Blind Inc., a band formed in San Francisco in 1992, shortly after the breakup of a hip-hop duo Jenkins was a part of, and incorporated in 1996. When you do it fast, you make it slicker instead of spending more time to let magic happen. We were doing Shoreline Amphitheatre (size) shows every night.
I'm not going to worry about ways to monetize this; I'm going to go by the happiness quotient," said Jenkins, known for his band's singles "How's It Gonna Be" "Jumper," and "Semi-Charmed Life." Set to kick off a nationwide tour with Dashboard Confessional on May 29, the band now makes their living as a traveling act, instead of fighting for a space within the digital music landscape.
(Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe/AP)Alexander Bradley, an associate of Hernandez, stands during arraignment on weapons charges on Feb. Bradley was shot in the leg outside a Hartford nightclub in early February.LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 04: Actress Charlize Theron and boyfriend actor Stuart Townsend arrive at the AFI FEST 2009 screening of 'The Road' at the Chinese Theater on November 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves conducted a dramatic rescue after four boys - aged 12 to 15 - were swept out to sea.Jenkins is unapologetic about the delays, saying he was winnowing the song list -- from 25 to 14 -- and rewriting lyrics. In 1997, after more than a decade of struggling -- living in the Lower Haight, sleeping on floors and subsisting off Top Ramen and the generosity of friends -- Jenkins hit it big with "Semi-Charmed Life." The album has sold nearly 6 million copies and spawned such hits as the eponymous title track, as well as "Jumper" and "How's It Going to Be." The band is one of the biggest to come out of San Francisco in years. It was a hard time for me to have a pure moment, to be present, to be here." Here is a back table in the Butler and the Chef, a favorite hangout of the band, which consists of Jenkins (vocals, guitar), Arion Salazar (bass, guitar and vocals), Tony Fredianelli (guitar, vocals) and Brad Hargreaves (drums, percussion).Stephan Jenkins is inescapable: Turn on the radio and he's there, wailing away; click on the TV and he's there, too, singing to a girl through an intercom; if he hasn't already, he's coming to your town, he's gonna party down. I think my process now works better with the digital tools for uploading.