After the title track from its December 2008 E.P. "Non Dairy Creamer" found success at alternative radio, Third Eye Blind guitarist Tony Fredianelli tells Billboard.com the rock act is confident about the prospects for not one but two studio Sony albums – "Ursa Major" and "Ursa Minor" – it plans on releasing over the next year. The band debuted "Ursa Major" at South by Southwest in March, and the record is due in stores June 23.
"It's more like we made a double record but we just figured why give it all away at once too," Fredianelli says. "Both of these records to me are very strong, especially the first one, because we really bled for them. It's almost like we started over as a new band and went through the amount of time it takes to get a record that has a lot of meaning to it. I can sit down and write a song that might be pretty good, but to really get those songs that are magical, you don't really control that. They're kind of coming from another place.
"So that's what we went for with all of these and it's kind of why it took so long. Also recording and rerecording the record a couple of times had a small amount to do with it too. And our singer's writer's block didn't help either but finally we got past all of that and we're starting to see the sun in the dawn."