It is arduous to argue that Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld has his priorities so as today.

The band simply launched its newest single, “Oh My My,” and final week they had been within the studio rehearsing the three ultimate songs for his or her new album of songs he is written. Whereas it’s a “sadder and darker album,” he says, it’s the first he is written utterly sober and whereas dealing with life head on.

However extra importantly, he was in the intervening time of our interview, ensuring the youngsters within the automobile with him had been having fun with the Blizzards they’d simply gotten on the Dairy Queen drive-thru.

“Our single ‘Oh My My’ simply got here out [last week] and it’s doing rather well.

It is about his daughter and being 13, and the way it feels to be a man actually noticing ladies for the primary time.

“I wrote it about my daughter, as a result of she is in center faculty proper now, and I wrote about how the boys should really feel as a result of she is so cute. All of the boys should really feel like ‘Oh my my,’ as a result of she has that sort of unhappy cool look. I bear in mind being in center faculty and that impressed me.”

If you happen to go

› What: Blue October

› The place: Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

› When: eight p.m. Wednesday, March 18

› Admission: $49, $29

› For extra data: 423-757-5580

Furstenfeld mentioned this album is completely different for a lot of causes, along with his being eight-years sober. A self-admitted management freak within the studio, he mentioned he now has a studio on his property in Texas the place the band data. He has had the benefit of studying from some nice producers akin to Steve Lillywhite and Matt Castell.

“I do know what I need and I understand how to get it, now,'” he mentioned. “We go into the studio on my property from 10 to six, after which we go to dinner with our households and do it once more the subsequent day.”

The album options the band, together with Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey and Will Knaak, taking part in electrical and acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums and bass “like an previous rock band.”

Although the music is darkish and unhappy, Furstenfeld mentioned the lyrics paint a unique image.

“I’ve recently been writing optimistic songs about restoration and sobriety and the way good life might be should you give it an opportunity,” he mentioned.

“Even via restoration and even via instances of fine days, I at all times handled and lived with melancholy. However I’ve by no means written about it on a transparent head.

“I nonetheless take care of melancholy and anxiousness and panic assaults, however needed to strategy writing from a transparent head, nearly prefer it’s a member of the household. It isn’t going wherever.”

The band can also be awaiting the discharge of “Get Again Up,” a documentary by Norry Niven about Furstenfeld and his struggles set for launch in Might. The singer mentioned making the movie for him was comparatively simple “as a result of all I needed to do was be sober. Be me.”

What was arduous was listening to from family and friends concerning the issues he’d put them via. That, and never being in cost.

“I did not direct the movie. I did not get to look at till it was performed. It was the primary time I’ve ever relinquished management over an artwork piece. EVER. I used to be like, ‘What?’ I did not know they felt that means. It was so heart-wrenching, and so loopy.”

Furstenfeld will probably be acting at eight p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in Walker Theatre inside Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.


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