Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suddenly, the Gin Blossoms after a Break, Band Is Back Together and Starting to Tour

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suddenly, the Gin Blossoms after a Break, Band Is Back Together and Starting to Tour

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Byline: Nick Marino, Times-Union music writer

In the 1990s, the Gin Blossoms were one of those bands you couldn't avoid.

"All we had to do," singer Robin Wilson said in a phone interview, "was write a song and record it. And all of a sudden it was on the radio."

The Gin Blossoms played the role of a sort of proto-Matchbox Twenty, though their songs were janglier and their members less likely to end up on the gossip pages. They didn't really act the rock star part; they just quietly dominated pop radio with such unassuming hits as Hey Jealousy and Found Out About You.

And then, following the tour to support their 1996 album, Congratulations . . . I'm Sorry, the Gin Blossoms broke up. They said it would be a temporary thing; they just wanted some time to try other projects and get a little space.

Wilson used the break to run a recording studio back in Arizona, launch a band called the Gas Giants and create a concept for an animated television show (The Poppin' Wheelies) about a band in outer space.

Wilson loves goofy stuff like cartoons and comic books. He's a new dad, father of a 7-month-old son and fairly well swept up in some of the pursuits of his own youth. He got quite worked up over a recent trip to the movie theater.

"As a lifelong Spider-Man fan," he said, "it was very exciting to see that first battle between Spider-Man and the Green Goblin."

Wilson's life seems pretty easy. Catch a movie here, write a song there. He's had enough time away from the music business grind. Now he's ready to ease back into it. A couple of months ago, Wilson and the other Gin Blossoms started hanging out a little bit. Then a little bit more.

"All of a sudden," Wilson said, "we just looked at each other and said, 'Why don't we play?' "

And so here they are -- the Gin Blossoms, not here with a bunch of new stuff you haven't heard or some newfangled approach to music. …

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