Blue October

















Blue October
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Blue October has made it their life’s work to probe below the surface, to expose the disfigured emotions behind the everyday masks. As the Texas-based band’s new Brando/Universal album, HISTORY FOR SALE, makes clear, Blue October wields honesty like a bayonet, and they’re not afraid to draw blood. Comprised of singer/songwriter Justin Furstenfeld, violinist Ryan Delahoussaye, guitarist C.B. Hudson, and drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, Blue October has already amassed a large army of fans in the Southwest and beyond. With the release of HISTORY FOR SALE, those numbers should increase many fold. Produced by Justin Furstenfeld , Blue Miller (India.Arie, Aaron Neville, Tanya Tucker) and David Castell (The Buck Pets, Cottonmouth Texas), the new album tackles many challenging themes, from depression to child abuse to the multiple risks of love. Musically, the band takes chances, with Hudson’s “rock god” guitar style dovetailing with Delahoussaye’s artful string arrangements. At the heart of Blue October, however, is Justin’s evocative vocals and searing, unforgettable songwriting. This songwriting has a powerful effect on the Blue October’s legion of devoted fans, some calling their experiences “heartbreakingly beautiful” and others commenting on the complexity of the material as providing an opportunity for “constant discovery.” Blue October mines the dark realities of everyday life and lays them bare for all to hear. The intense “Ugly Side,” with its violin and flamenco flourishes, sets the pace. Tracks like “Clumsy Card House,” “A Quiet Mind,” and “Calling You” topple most love song conventions, blurring the line between true connection and mere desperation. Others, like “Razorblade,” “Somebody,” and “Sexual Powertrip” reveal the band’s unassailable rock ‘n’ roll instincts. The album’s brilliant closer, “Amazing,” mimics the inner monologue of a young man uncertain of the heart’s true intentions. That kind of truth-telling defined Blue October from the start. The genesis of the band goes back to the Houston high school days of Justin and his friend Ryan Delahoussaye, who would team up on arrangements of their original songs. Though initially captivated by theater and poetry, Justin redirected his creative energies into music. With brother Jeremy added as drummer, Blue October was quickly up and running. The band released a debut indie CD, THE ANSWERS, in the early 90s, while also touring. In time, they shared the bill with acts like Incubus, Papa Roach, 311, Stone Temple Pilots among others. Eventually, the band signed with Universal Records, releasing CONSENT TO TREATMENT in 2001. That album drew national attention, leading to a management deal with Rainmaker Artists. From there, Blue October toured nonstop, making friends from coast to coast. Says Justin, “We went all over, again and again. If you keep riding the wave, keep speaking your peace, they’ll remember you.” The band briefly left Universal, put out HISTORY FOR SALE regionally on Brando Records, then came full circle by forging a partnership for HISTORY’s national release between Brando and Universal. “We’re excited about working together again,” says Justin of the band’s joint relationship with Universal and Brando “We hugged, kissed, made amends, and now we’re having the best sex ever.” With HISTORY FOR SALE out, a grueling tour schedule set, and the song “Calling You” slated for inclusion on the “American Pie 3" soundtrack, the months ahead look promising for Blue October. But the band remains focused on what’s most important. “All I do is write,” says Justin. Since he never stops writing, it looks like the well will never run dry for Blue October. Given the depth and scope of their music, that’s a good thing. For as the band’s new album shows, history may be for sale, but never honor, never spirit, never soul.
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Blue October  04/30/2006            
elise
I've seen hundreds and hundreds of live shows. They still have by far the best live show. The songs are so deep and the performance can't be beat. Even on CD my favorite band. Period.
Blue October  05/06/2005            
Tim Conway
By far the best live band I've ever seen...and I've seen them about 899 times. You can't beat throwing this CD in and driving somewhere, it gets you there in a hurry.
Blue October  12/07/2004            
Blue October  12/01/2004            
AUTUMN LOVES JUSTIN
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO BLUE OCTOBER FOR 4 YEARS AND RIGHT FROM THE START THEY COMPLETELY MOVED ME WITH THEIR LYRICS AND EMOTION. LISTEN FOR JUST A MOMENT AND YOU WILL LOVE THEM FOREVER. IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO SEE THEM IN CONCERT, YOU WON'T REGRET IT. THEY ARE EVEN MORE MOVING LIVE AND SOUND AWESOME.
Blue October  11/14/2004            
mustangchick
I am fairly new to Blue October music...but they do show so much emotion in their songs. I listen to just about all Texas music, but I really think of all of them they show the most emotion of any band out there. It still gives me goose bumps just listening to thier music, you can tell they put everything they have into it. It touches your very soul.
Blue October  10/07/2004            
Blue October
I have been a Blue October fan for a very short time. But I must say I have not been as moved by a band before. The way they chose to convey their messages to their listeners is unique and fresh. The Live DVD Argue with a Tree.... the emotion on that stage is unparalled.
Blue October  10/07/2004            
Renea
Blue October is an amazing band who put their heart and soul into their music and it shows. I am deeply moved by every song. Each one produces an emotion so strong I have been brought to tears more than once. Their four cd's The Answers, Consent to Treatment, History for Sale, and the live cd/dvd Argue with a Tree are awe inspiring. Each one has a uniqueness to it I haven't found with another band before or since. Go, Buy, Listen... you won't be sorry!
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