While laying down tracks at Skywalker Sound for their
soon-to-be-released third album, Crystal Baller, the
members of Third Eye Blind were visited by none other than
legendary director (and owner of Skywalker) George Lucas.
The San Francisco band presented Lucas with a plaque
commemorating six million units sold for their self-titled
debut album, which was recorded at Skywalker Sound.
As with 3EB's first two albums, Crystal Baller is being
produced by Stephan Jenkins; bassist Arion Salazar along
with engineer Jason Carmer are co-producing the new disc.
Most of Crystal Baller has been tracked at Mourningwood,
the studio 3EB constructed in San Francisco to house their
collection of rare instruments and vintage recording gear.
After a year off the road from touring, 3EB focused
intensely on writing and creating a unique sound. In the
current era of slick and all-too processed music, Third
Eye Blind once again finds them selves going against the
grain. Says Jenkins: "We have sought a sound that is raw,
earthy and beautiful and building our own studio has
allowed us to find it". The band have had guests drop by
during the sessions, including Kimya Dawson of the Moldy
Peaches to add vocals on "Self Righteous" and Andrew W.K.
who sang background vocals on "Fucked Up Kid".
Thematically, Crystal Baller finds Jenkins developing
his insight into the 'flawed and the beautiful' through
the concept of Crystal Baller. He points out that the new
album celebrates "joy and a forward look in the context of
adversity." Says Jenkins: "It's funny, but after a year of
soul searching we have a really emotional record, and we
took so much pleasure in making it that I wish we could
make a double album." Jenkins describes the sound of the
new album as "our continuing fascination with Lou Reed and
Since emerging out of San Francisco in 1997, 3EB has
toured the world extensively, sold over six million copies
of their debut record and their sophomore release is
approaching double platinum status. Crystal Ballerwill be
released mid-summer 2002.