Silversun Pickups & Third Eye Blind

Saw Silversun Pickups & Third Eye Blind Saturday night.

I know Third Eye Blind belongs to the group of bands that put out a bunch of inescapable alt-rock songs in the 90s: Third Eye Blind, 311, Three Doors Down, Seven Mary Three, Smashmouth, Sugar Ray, Sublime, Semisonic, etc.. But, until I looked it up just now, I couldn’t have named a single song they did. Turns out, Third Eye Blind was responsible for “Semi-charmed Life”.

Third Eye Blind – "Semi-Charmed Life" [Official Music Video]

Doo doo doo. Doo de doo doo.

Silversun Pickups, on the other hand, are nothing like that. They started out in the 00s, sounding like a slightly sunnier and less-angst-filled Smashing Pumpkins.

Silversun Pickups – Lazy Eye

But they’ve grown into their own sound, these days.

Silversun Pickups – Nightlight (Official Video)

They were fun, live. The singer/guitar player was having a lot of fun, and the drummer is a blast to watch – he has a crash cymbal way up over his right shoulder that he whacks with this great overhead left-hand smash. But, the guitar was inaudible about half the time: a big blow to a band that uses guitar like they do.

We left about five songs into Third Eye Blind.

No more shows this week. But next week: Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie!

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