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Blue October Leader Finds Therapy In Music

Of the Oakland Press

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Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld using songwriting as a form of therapy. And he set himself a tall order on “Foiled,” the band’s fi rst album in three years.

“I usually have to have something I’m dealing with in my own life, then I write about it,” notes Furstenfeld, 30, who formed Blue October 10 years ago in Houston. But he adds that over time, he’s learned not to manufacture situations to facilitate his creativity.

“I used to do that,” Furstenfeld acknowledges, “but on this album I’m putting that behind me. I don’t want to mastermind failure in order to feel anything anymore. Right now I’m very conscious of what’s important and not necessarily living for just that next song.”

Furstenfeld even makes some amends for that past behavior on “Foiled’s” first single, “Hate Me.”

“That one’s more of, like, an apology,” he explains. “It’s about when a person comes above water and realizes nobody’s around anymore. You wonder why and you start to examine what you did to cause that. It’s not the happiest place to be, but it’s important to understand that about yourself.”

Blue October and Bril perform at 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Tickets are $12. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit

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