Third Eye Blind have released am incendiary new track called “Cop Vs. Phone Girl”, which takes a mid tempo, rhythmic sing along to tap on police brutality and race that is both up nightmarish and uplifting. Written by frontman Stephan Jenkins, the song’s impact is all the more intense because the absurdity that it depicts is an accounting of an actual assault. In a testament to Jenkins’ songwriting mastery, he still finds a way to chide hope into a dark narrative, and creates something anthemic out of viscously specific details.

The narrative behind the track is about the attack last year at Spring Valley High in South Carolina on a student by a campus police officer. It’s a scene Jenkins understood due to his time working briefly, after college, at a school for emotionally disturbed children. “Sometimes, we had to restrain kids who were having violent outbursts,” Jenkins recalls. “We were trained not to frighten them much less cause harm. The contrast really hit home to me just how surreal and insane this incident was.”

Tour Dates:

07/25 – Oshkosh, WI – AirVenture Oshkosh
07/26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Oceanfront Radio show
07/27 – Glen Allen, VA – Innsbrook After Hours
07/29 – Whitehouse Station, NJ – The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
07/31 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
08/06 – Ventura, CA – Ventura County Fair
08/07 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands
08/18 – Makati, Philippines – Mall of Asia Arena
08/20 – Tokyo, Japan – Summer Sonic Festival
08/23 – Rhinebeck, NY – Duthchess County Fair
08/25 – Islington, UK – O2 Academy
08/26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
08/28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival
09/01 – Providence, RI – Alex and Ani City Center
09/02 – Portland, ME – Maine State Pier
09/03 – Sugar Hill, GA – Bowl at Sugar Hill
09/04 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
09/17 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO Del Mar
09/25 – Las Vegas, NV – Life Is Beautiful Festival

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