Interview: Angela Rose
Meet our Expert of The Week Angela Rose, Featured Writer for Music Mondays, Radio3eb and Social Media Expert for 3eblifestyle Twitter and Instagram.
She shares her first Third Eye Blind experience, and how she was introduced to 3EBLifestyle and all of the 3eb family she has connected with along the journey.
Lisa Murphy: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages, some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind?”
Angela Rose: I have been bopping around to “Semi-Charmed Life” and “How’s It Going to Be” since I was in elementary school in the late 90’s, however, the obsession didn’t begin until November 10, 2013. My cousin Paul, a 20-year fan of 3eb, needed a guest, last minute for the show at the Fillmore in Detroit, MI. I didn’t hesitate at all since we have an unspoken mutual agreement that we are concert buddies. I was fresh out of a hot yoga class, and looked like it. I had my hair in a bun, and an oversized olive green sweatshirt with studs and spikes sewn into the shoulders. When you have a life changing event happen, you remember what you were wearing, ha!
We got upgraded to a roped off VIP area (w/ free beer!) thanks to a connection at a popular radio station in Detroit. It started off for me as a social night out… I knew two songs, and Stephan’s always great to look at. It wasn’t long before I was asking ‘what song is this?’ by the first chorus of each song. Songs like “Water Landing”, “ Red Summer Sun”, “Don’t Believe a Word”, “Bonfire”, “Danger”, “Can You Take Me”, “Anything”, and “1000 July’s” were unknown to me, but I went home and immediately sought out their entire library. It was all over for me! This was a special show, not one in support of an album. The next show the boys played in Detroit, Paul and I were there, singing along with our drinks in the air!
LM: Have you had a major point in your life that 3eb has helped you through it and how?
AR: Any sentence in my lyric reflections will tell you that 3eb has really followed me through my past relationships, and helped navigate through the breakup. So yes, definitely.
LM: Do you or have you created any Third Eye Blind inspired art or writing?
AR: Yes, I reflected on lyrics from “Tattoo of the Sun” and “Deep Inside of You”. I really loved reflecting on some lyrics that meant a lot to me while working with 3EB Lifestyle. It really inspired me to work through some feelings that lingered from a past relationship. I currently write the weekly Music Monday, Radio3eb features for 3eb Lifestyle, as well as other playful articles and lyric reflections. I’m on the Admin team for Lifestyle and also manage social media, Twitter and Instagram.
LM: It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Self-Titled album. For many, some of the songs have changed in meaning over the years. Do you have one song from that album that has really grown up with you, so to speak?
AR: There has always been 2 songs in my life that if they were on the radio, or popped up in an iPod Shuffle, I had to keep on, at full volume, and sing aloud. Oddly enough, “April Skies” by Jesus and Mary Chain, and “Semi-Charmed Life” by 3eb. I just can’t get enough. Am I the only one!? I play it all the way through, and it’s so comforting. I think I sing it more than SJ! Secondly, “How’s It Going to Be”. When you don’t have a significant friendship or relationship end, or the pain of a breakup to go through, it’s just a nice song with clever lyrics. But when you have those feelings attached to it, you’re like ‘YESSSS! How did Stephan Jenkins know what I was feeling?’
LM: Do you recall the very first 3eb song you have ever heard? If so what song was it? How did It make you feel?
AR: When I was quite young, maybe 11, I first found Third Eye Blind on the Can’t Hardly Wait soundtrack. It was the late 90’s and I was obsessed with Jennifer Love Hewitt, ha! She was my gateway drug into 3EB. “Graduate” was the first song on the soundtrack, and it lived in my Discman (yes, that’s right!). Closely after that, my cousin Paul, gave me a single (yes, single!) to “How’s It Going to Be”, with “Horror Show” on the B-Side :) I was obsessed with the bad-boy vibe of SJ on the cover, and I wore that single out! After our 2013 show together, I remember Paul practically forcing me to hunt down the single so he could have “Horror Show” in his library again. All I hear from him it seems is, “...and I wish I was Lou Reed, woooo!” in his best SJ voice.
LM: Is there one particular 3eb concert that stands out to you from all the others? Why?
AR: Definitely my first one, I was just so innocently into the show. I knew 2 songs to start, and was totally unprepared for the evening out, but I was absolutely enamored by it all. Everyone was holding on to each other, swaying and singing, like mates in a pub, I loved the reaction the fans had to the lyrics and felt like I was missing out. I had to be in on it! I was immediately hooked, completely obsessed. The fact that new music came so shortly after my first show was a blessing. It fueled my fire for the band. My last show was pretty incredible, a meet and greet was attached to it, I was front and center with my favorite people, and several gin and tonics in, which always helps, ha! The experience the fans have with each other is unlike anything I’ve experienced with other bands.
LM: How many performances have you seen or watched approximately?
AR: I have only been to about 6 shows since 2013. Which seems like such a small number compared to some living the Lifestyle! However, it wasn’t until recently that I started leaving my home state of Michigan to see these shows. Half those shows were last year alone!
LM: If the band offered to let you perform with them, what part would you want to play? What songs would you want to sing?
AR: Tambourine. I promise you that is where my talent starts and stops.
LM: The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". He was the first musician honored. A lot of Third Eye Blind fans love the music in large part because of Stephan’s lyrics. Why do you think that is? What special qualities are in Stephan’s lyrics that make them more like poetry than those of the average songwriter?
AR: SJ has a way of getting to your heart, your head, and your feeling's like no other artist or band I currently enjoy can. You can tell he puts his English major to good use, and so many songs have that def poetry vibe. Third Eye Blind songs are SO wordy! And who else has the confidence to use Lenticularis in a song!? It’s not rhyming for the sake of rhyming or to make a POP hit. Lyrics matter!
LM: What is the greatest thing that being a fan has brought into your life?
AR: Lauren Sebastian introduced me to the Lifestyle team through socials (IG and Twitter). I’m so grateful I got to meet her and work with the amazing team she has introduced me to. "I found my people and nothing else matters."
LM: What is your favorite interaction with the band? Why?
AR: My Meet N Greet story is awkward and the time with the band was so quick! Like 30 seconds, no joke, and I accidentally snubbed Brad. I couldn’t get my arm around him fast enough, so the photo caught me mid -hug, which only makes it look like I am protecting my purse in fear Brad would rob me, haha! I blame the venue and promoters for the rushed time, but I’d never take it back! I asked SJ for a hug, and the tight squeeze lingered for the photo. He told me I ‘felt good’. Hey, tell me I look good, smell good, or feel good and I’m won over! So that was perfect!
LM: What's your favorite song(s) to hear live? Why?
AR: “1000 July’s” was soooo good to hear on the last tour! It’s so filthy and I hadn’t heard it in years. Great live!! But definitely the anticipation of “Horror Show” was a big deal for my cousin and I when set-lists for Summer Gods was circling!
LM: If you could travel with one member of the band, who would you choose? Where would you like to go?
AR: SJ for sure! I feel like we would take in all the best coffeeshops and the adventures and alt routes he’d select would make it worth the while. And obviously we’d be on bike or foot, which would add a really fun element.
LM: If you could help choose 5 songs to put on a set list, which ones would you choose? Why?
AR: Tattoo of the Sun (because I’ve never heard it live!!), Palm Reader, Alright Caroline (missed this one last tour!), Can You Take Me
LM: If you could only listen to one song by Third Eye Blind for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
AR: Semi-Charmed Life. I know the guys are probably so over playing it, but it just doesn’t get old for me. It’s so upbeat, and those ‘doot doot doot’s’ are so fun! It makes you wanna shimmy your shoulders and smile, ha. I LITERALLY recite the “doot doot doot” part of the song once or twice a day in a very annoying and enthusiastic manner.
LM: You’re trapped in an elevator for 1 hour with Stephan Jenkins and he offers to play you two songs... what would they be?
AR: Outside of Third Eye Blind, I am probably also one of the biggest Bon Jovi fans. I have Bon Jovi lyrics tattooed on my arm and my dogs name is even Jovi… so it has to be Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi. I know I strayed from 3eb tunes for this first option, but the crossover would be so satisfying for me. Secondly, Tattoo of the Sun. I’ve never heard it live, and would love an intimate setting for it.
LM: What’s your hometown? Next time Third Eye Blind is in town, what should they see and why would they like it?
AR: Detroit, MI. I will blow their minds with vegan hotspots.
LM: If you found a magic Third Eye Blind Lamp, and a semi-charmed genie popped out, and you could make three Third Eye Blind related wishes, what would they be?
AR: Can I ask for more wishes!? Ha. I get first stab at setlists for all shows on future tours! I get the privilege of hearing all new music before anyone else! Unlimited free travel and tickets for me to attend 3-5 shows of my choosing per tour. I’d pick more, but I don’t want to be TOO greedy, haha.