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Interview:
Blue October Turning Bad Into Good With Latest Single
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Blue October’s latest single, “Into the Ocean,” is a song about suicide. But it’s certainly given some more life to the Texas modern rock group’s fi fth and latest album, the goldcertifi ed “Foiled.”

The song reached No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and also appeared on the Hot 100 chart. It’s currently No. 8 on VH1’s weekly countdown of top videos.

And it’s not lost on frontman Justin Furstenfeld that so many good things are happening for a song that’s about something very bad.

“Sometimes, I’ll admit, I come from a very dark head, and I’d rather write a song about someone doing that than actually thinking about it myself,” says Furstenfeld, 31, who founded Blue October in Houston in 1996.

The band, he says, is “my outlet to be able to (express dark thoughts) through art. And (‘Into the Ocean’) is such a fun, poppy song that’s so hypocritical to itself, that I just love it.”

Furstenfeld and company are back to enjoying themselves after an unplanned break at the end of last year to allow him to recover from a leg injury. He broke it last spring while running the bases at a minor league ballpark in Florida. Furstenfeld then reinjured the leg in November while on stage in Louisville, Ky., aggravating damage to the bone and ligaments.

The lesson, he says, is that he’ll have to dial down his usually energetic stage performances, at least for awhile.

“Well, I’ve always been that performer that’s just like, all over the place all the time, so intense — it’s just how I do it,” says Furstenfeld, who went through physical therapy after both injuries. “But this has actually given me some time to go, ‘Tell a story. Don’t worry about freakin’ out all the time to entertain people.’

“So now I can actually look at someone, focus on ’em, tell ’em the story and still do all the crazy stuff, but pull it down a notch.”



Blue October and Army of Me perform Saturday (Feb. 3) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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