Gin Blossoms bring their jangle sound to Folsom on Aug. 19. Courtesy photo

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Gin Blossoms return to Folsom

By From page B1 | August 02, 2017

For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late ’80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism and irresistible melodies. 

Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fall Away” to “Follow You Down” and the Grammy-nominated “As Long As It Matters,” earning the band sales in excess of 10 million albums in the U.S. alone.

These talented tune-smiths promise the inevitable arrival of new material and as they approach their third decade, Gin Blossoms remain a rare breed — rock ‘n’ roll lifers, destined to continue creating, crafting and performing for audiences ever rapt by their glorious catalog of material.

“We’re entertaining and we have chops,” said band member Robin Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, what’s the best thing to do to further my career, I always say, ‘Write good songs.’ It always comes down to that.”

The band’s fusion of pop, melodic rock, folk and country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural ’90s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold more than 10 million records and are one of the most in demand ’90s live artists who began at the end of the grunge era. In February 2017 the band went back in the studio, recording a new album in time for release this summer.

See the Gin Blossoms at Harris Center for the Arts on Saturday, Aug. 19. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at harriscenter.net.

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