VIDEO PREMIERE: The Third Mind (Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher, David Immerglück, Michael Jerome) Unleash Fiery, Acid-soaked Rendition of Paul Butterfield’s “East West”

“I had a crazy idea and was looking for musicians who perhaps didn’t think it was so insane,” says Dave Alvin when describing The Third Mind, a new CA-based supergroup with an all-star line-up of players who are gearing up to release their self-titled debut on February 14th via Yep Roc Records.

Featuring Dave Alvin (guitar, vocals), Victor Krummenacher (bass, vocals), David Immergluck (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Michael Jerome (drums, percussion), with special guest Jesse Sykes (guitar, vocals), the album was recorded and mixed by Craig Parker Adams at the late great Winslow Ct Studios in Los Angeles.

The six-song collection features one original composition, “Claudia Cardinale,” and five covers from the likes of Alice Coltrane, Fred Neil, Bonnie Dobson, Nick Gravenites and Mark Naftalin, and Roky Erickson.

To make it all happen, the band embraced a specific approach and musical philosophy that lent itself to keeping things open-minded and loose.

“Using the Miles Davis technique, there were no rehearsals or written musical arrangements. Just decide on a key, start recording and see what happens,” says Dave Alvin. “During the sessions we simply sat in a circle and looked and listened closely to each other as we made everything up live on the spot. We chose songs/compositions primarily identified with the 1960s underground scene as a tribute to the open-minded music of that period as well as to the fearless musicians like Alice Coltrane, Michael Bloomfield, Fred Neil and Roky Erickson, who helped create the sounds of the era.”

Today Glide is excited to offer an exclusive premiere of the the song “East West” and its accompanying visual. This song is one of two bonus remixes available on the first edition of the CD and LP. This particular version is mixed by Grammy-winning mixing engineer Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow, Arctic Monkeys). Clocking in at just over seventeen minutes, the tune is a slowburning groover that encapsulates the chemistry that exists within The Third Mind. There is definitely an improvisational spirit to the song as the band blends exotic surf guitar playing with a mysterious bass line that keeps the song pulsating forward. There is undoubtedly a psychedelic vibe to the music, which in this case is heightened by the visualizer. It’s fascinating to hear each musician bring his own style of rock and roll to a group jam, and each twist and turn comes with new fascinations. At times blistering, the song careens forward across a sonic landscape with varying intensity. Tchad Blake’s adds a far out lushness to it all, resulting in a guitar rock journey that is indulgent in the best kind of way. At its core, this acid-soaked rendition of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s sprawling blues rocker manages to honor the original while offering up a mind-expanding interpretation.  

Victor Krummenacher shares his personal insight behind the choice of cover:

“Dave loves Mike Bloomfield, and [David Immergluck] owned one of Bloomfield’s old Telecasters. With Dave wanting to stretch out, Paul Butterfield Band’s ‘East West’ seemed like the perfect song for The Third Mind project to dig in to. It was the first thing we recorded on the first day we were ever all in a room at the same time. It went better than I could have imagined.” 


The Third Mind’s self-titled debut is out on February 14th via Yep Roc Records. PRE-ORDER

Tour dates:

April –

6 San Diego, CA The Casbah
7 Morro Bay, CA The Siren
8 Santa Cruz, CA Moe’s Alley
10 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
12 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
15 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
16 Winters, CA The Palms Playhouse
17 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour

More tour dates coming soon! 

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