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Gin Blossoms will be performing in concert at the Colonial Theater on Aug. 20.

The Gin Blossoms want you to know that they are not an oldies band.

Gin Blossoms lead singer/guitarist Robin Wilson said in an interview with the Post Register that the group’s recent album, “Mixed Reality” released a year ago, is some of the band’s best work.

“Our fans really dig it,” Wilson said. “I’m really proud of it. It’s one of the best records we’ve ever made and that I’ve been a part of.”

The Gin Blossoms will perform at the Colonial Theater at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. Tickets range from $30 to $45 with a $129 VIP meet and greet option and can be purchased at idahofallsarts.org/gin-blossoms.

The concert is billed as New Miserable Experience Live, a performance of its hit album “New Miserable Experience” released in 1992. The album reached multi-platinum status. Wilson said the band will perform many of its hits, but include perhaps six songs from its latest album.

“We’re kicking ass,” he said. “We sell more tickets now than we ever have. We’ve spent half the summer touring with Collective Soul, and right now we are doing 10 shows by ourselves, then we’re going back out with Collective Soul. And whether it’s just us or us with them, it’s been a great summer.”

The band is on track to do 110 concerts this year, half are performed in the summer months and, he said, “the band is at the top of its game.” Wilson said when he’s not performing with Gin Blossoms, he has side projects that keep him busy.

“I’m also working with another group, one of my favorite bands, The Smithereens,” he said. “So I’m going to be doing some shows with The Smithereens. We just started writing songs so hopefully I’ll be making a record with the Smithereens here soon.”

Wilson said other band members are also involved with other groups and music projects, but that Gin Blossoms take up most of their time.

“It’s pretty routine,” he said. “You make a record then you go out, and you tour and tour and tour, and eventually you make another record and tour and tour. I would like to hope that we’re going to be recording again in 2020.”

After the band’s initial success in the 90s, they took a brief hiatus from each other and eventually regrouped in their hometown of Tempe, Ariz.

“There’s a certain civility among us now,” said Gin Blossoms guitarist Jesse Valenzuela. “None of us are as brusque as we once were. We’re too old to have shouting matches.”

Wilson said the band’s mix of pop, melodic rock, folk and country has matured from the grunge era of music.

“We’re veterans now,” he said. “You can never really recapture the raw excitement of your early days, but there’s something really special about a veteran group that knows its way around the studio. We know each other, how we play and what to expect. There’s a rhythm to it. It’s the difference between being revved up puppies and cool veterans.”

Wilson said one satisfying trend to Gin Blossom concerts has been the age range of audiences.

“Last night on the front row there was this girl, probably 14-years-old, she’s a big fan, she’s come to a number of our shows,” he said. “She was right there at the edge of our stage singing along with everything. It’s great making new fans. And great to be with the people who’ve been with us all this time.

“We’re pretty lucky that we get to play music for a living. It’s cool, we get to go pretty much anywhere in the country and 500 or a 1,000 people will sing our songs back to us. It’s really a privilege to create something like that.”