Out of the Vein: Celebrating 15 Years in the Blind
We had a blast last summer with the 20th anniversary of Self-Titled.
And we are rallying for a Blue tour in 2019.
But Third Eye Blind's 3rd album, Out of the Vein, is turning 15 this month and we are spending time right here, right now, in the present moment to celebrate the album that even the Magic Man himself describes as the most underrated Third Eye Blind album.
May 13th, 2003 marks the release of Out Of the Vein, and it was immediately embraced by fans of the first two Third Eye Blind albums. The lyrics were deeper and richer, and the break since the wave of Blue allowed Stephan to develop a style of writing and sound that would create a stand alone album.
Fans would quickly agree Out Of the Vein is a highly undervalued album by the band and the anniversary is bringing to light some amazing energy and stories.
This is a collection; a tribute; a thank-you for 15 years of providing yet another soundtrack to our lives.
Here is a tribute to the 14 solid tracks that make up Out Of the Vein.
If Out of the Vein had a theme, it would be TIME. Time running out, not enough time, time passing us a by... And a reminder to stay in the moment.
I bought this album my senior year in high school in 2003 and then went to see them on tour that summer in ATX. I still have the T-shirt too. - @3lihumoreno, IG
Tick Tick, Tell Me Where the Time Goes
"You and me killing time in the present tense, bound together by someone by someone to fight against" in 'Danger'... and then "Just an old friend coming over now to it you, that's what I've become" in 'Blinded (When I See You)'. Two lyrics at completely different ends of the spectrum. They speak of past and present, living strong in the moment with someone, ready to knock down anything that gets in your way, and then a lyric reflecting on what the relationship has become, ex-lovers with a million miles between you. In same song, "Time passes and it tells us what we're left with; we become the things we do". Even songs like Crystal Baller and Palm Reader speak to the future, if we only knew what was going to happen, would we do something to change our outcome? "Let me show you how it ends..."
"In my mind, that record still plays"... its hard to move on from the past. We replay conversations, and moments, and possibly rewrite it a bit to make sense for us. Crystal Baller helps us future trip while simultaneously being stuck in the past.
The song with the biggest ode to time is 'My Hit and Run'.
"Love this album. It’s edgy. There are so many songs that make this a great album. Very underrated and was not given the recognition it deserves." - Lisa Murphy
This album is the most raw and brash in my opinion other than. Dopamine/We Are Drugs EP concerning darker edgier subject matters and more introspective angsty lyrics. I love this album because it came to me in a time of my life transition from my teen years (the tail end of my junior year) into an uncertain exciting/scary college/early adult hood. I was already bitter and burned out in many ways from a few tumultuous periods in my life, bad relationship, and most of all the lack of knowing my identity. It's easy to define yourself by the groups you're in and the hobbies/activities you do. For me this was art and I was always the guy know as the artsy skater kid type. I wanted to find out how to make that all fit in a new and ever growing world as my perspective was greatly opening and changing to living on my own and conquering the world.
Third Eye Blind brought in some big acts at the time to work on their 3rd album, like Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit, who produced 'Misfits'.
He's taken the most iconic photos of David Bowie, Lou Reed, and Blondie. The photo is called 'Dude 72', taken in London 1972. There's an amazing article by BEACH with the Dude himself, Tony Campbell, who is now in his 50's. Interestingly enough, the album was originally meant as the album cover for the David Bowie-produced Mott the Hoople album, 'All the Young Dudes'. Knowing this means even more since we know Stephan Jenkins is highly inspired by David Bowie.