Interview: Lauren Sebastian
Stephan said this about Third Eye Blind concerts: “It’s not actually about us, it’s about what they do together.” Truth, because a lot of the best moments from shows are the times spent with friends. Our Expert of the Week, Lauren Sebastian, is one of the people that make everything that happens before and after a show as magical as the show.
BELLA WOLF: What was the first Third Eye Blind song you heard?
LAUREN SEBASTIAN: I'd have to assume the first song I heard was Semi-Charmed on the radio at some point when I was 3-4 years old, but I have no memory of that. I do however remember finding my dad's copy of the Blue CD in high school and adding it to my iTunes library. I very much remember seeing the title Deep Inside of You and thinking, “Wow, that's definitely dirty.” And listening to the song and being like, “But wow, that's actually beautiful. I did not see that coming.”
What is your favorite song? And what lyrics in that song really resonate with you?
LS: The song that popped into my head is Deep Inside of You. But other days it's Can't Get Away. Deep inside of you is the song that I can play 10 million times in a row and never get tired of it. I have been obsessed with this song for years and I can't ever get over it. "I breathe by your looks and you look right through me" is one of my favorite of all 3eb lyrics, for sure. As for Can't Get Away, I feel like everyone has a someone that they feel they can't get away from. Someone that haunts them. "I walk alone and the ghost that I carry is yours / tiger sharks in an azure blue / the vision that we have it all returns to you."
I know you traveled around the country this summer and saw a bunch of shows. What inspired you to start planning some/most/all of your vacations around the band’s tour schedule?
LS: I didn't see the boys live until 2015 when I went to a theater show in Kansas City. I remember skipping a very important math test for it. Afterwards, I was so bummed I hadn't been going to Third Eye Blind shows for years already, feeling like I'd been missing out. So in 2016, I hit 6 shows. This summer I made it to 8; this fall I'm planning on 5. It's like once you start, you can't stop. There's this feeling that happens at a 3eb show that you can't get anywhere else. And it's that feeling that keeps me going to more. Every show day is pretty much the equivalent of Christmas Day and when you are able to get more than one Christmas Day in a year, why would you ever not take someone up on that deal? As for this summer specifically, I would not have gone to near as many if it weren't for the friends I've made through the band. I can't even explain to you how much I love them.
Which show was the best or your most favorite?
LS: Oh boy, that's tough. Probably Vegas. That was a good time. Adam and I booked a 6am flight out from Kansas City the night before, around 9pm, I think it was. After which I showered, packed, took a slight nap, and left around 2:30am to head to KC. It was a perfect show to be my last one. Also I told Kryz I loved him and he said it back as we walked away from each other, which you know is a big deal for me.
Over the years, you’ve probably been to a bunch of shows. Is there a song that you’ve never heard live that you really hope to hear them play?
LS: Yessss. There's a ton I'd love to hear still, but especially CAN’T GET AWAY (HINT, HINT).
Fall of the Summer Gods Tour…Did the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas give you second thoughts about attending concerts? And what, if anything, changed your mind. (Or if it wasn’t a consideration at all, why?)
LS: Honestly, no, it didn't even cross my mind to stop going to concerts because of what happened. Some of my favorite memories are from concerts. The bad guys would really win if, because of them, I stopped doing one of the things I love most in the world.
A lot of fans seem to have eclectic taste in music. What are your other favorite bands or musicians? Musically, is there one thing all of them have in common?
LS: I have two favorites and the combination makes no sense at all: 3eb and Taylor Swift. People get really thrown off by this and sometimes it feels like I'm living two lives. What has always drawn me to certain musicians/songs are the lyrics. And Taylor and Stephan are my two favorite lyricists easily. I feel a lot of feelings and both of them really became permanent figures of my daily life when they were there during intense emotional roller coaster life rides of mine.
Lauren will be attending the concert tonight at Grand Rapids, Michigan. It would mean the world for her to hear Can’t Get Away.