On the heels of their buzzy prank on conservatives at the Republican National Convention last week, Third Eye Blind have shared a new song. “Cop Vs. Phone Girl” addresses the epidemic of police brutality and will appear on the band’s forthcoming We Are Drugs EP.
Specifically about a 2015 altercation between a student and a campus police officer at South Carolina’s Spring Valley High, “Cop Vs. Phone Girl” also draws on the time frontman Stephan Jenkins spent working at a school for emotionally disturbed children. “Sometimes, we had to restrain kids who were having violent outbursts,” he said in a press release. “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.”
“Cop Vs. Phone Girl” also touches on America’s racial tension, with Jenkins singing the lyric, “Why’s it so hard to say Black Lives Matter? / It doesn’t mean that you’re anti-white / Take it from me, I’m super f—ing white.”
We Are Drugs will follow 2015’s Dopamine, which was Third Eye Blind’s first full-length album in six years. The new EP was recorded during a week-long session in Texas, giving the group a different studio experience. “It allowed us to focus to take songs all the way from inception to completion in continuous sessions,” Jenkins said in the release. “We also allowed ourselves freedom on We Are Drugs from any definitions or guidelines of what we were supposed to be, we just took joy in getting in a big room together and letting music happen and then chasing it around wherever it led us. It is one of the most freeing recording experiences I have had.”
Third Eye Blind are on tour until late September and will hit stops including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and England’s Reading Festival.
Hear “Cop Vs. Phone Girl” below.