Issue:        12.20.01 
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Third Eye Blind tries new material at club gig


by Jaan Uhelszki
LiveDaily Contributing Writer,

DEC. 20, 5:56 P.M. ET
Third Eye Blind has booked a string of secret concerts to test some new songs before a live audience. The first show took place on Wednesday (12/19) at San Francisco's the Make Out Room, a neighborhood bar in the Mission District that barely holds 100 people.

Sources who attended the show said that the band--billed as the Darlas, after Third Eye Blind engineer Jason Carmer's dog--took the stage before about 125 fans at 10:15 p.m., playing for 45 minutes as they ran through 10 of the band's new compositions.

Crowd reaction was said to be favorable for the new songs, especially for "Forget Myself," which Third Eye Blind has played a few times in concert.

Third Eye Blind has been off the radar screen for some time, working on the follow up to 1999's "Blue" and constructing its own studio in San Francisco. Not only is the work finally finished on the state-of-the-art studio, but the band has written 35 new songs, with plans to begin recording in January.

A new Third Eye Blind album isn't currently on Elektra Records' schedule, but according to a spokesperson from the label, that could change at anytime.

"What Stephan has told us is that [the new album] will be a much funkier affair than 'Blue,'" the spokesperson said.