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Interview:
Blue October Loving The Platinum Life
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Platinum-level sales were not something the members of Blue October thought much about when they were releasing independent albums between 1998-2004. But they have no problem figuring out what to do with the plaques they’ve received for their million-selling major label debut, “Foiled.”

“They’re amazing,” says drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, who co-founded the Austin, Texas-based quintet with his brother, singer-guitarist Justin. “Everybody’s got them hang- ing on their wall. We’re so proud ...

“Never in our lifetime did we ever think we’d be platinum-selling artists. That’s just not something we’ve been making music for. We’ve always wanted to get our music out there to as many people as possible, and this time, we’re really blessed people picked up on singles like ‘Hate Me’ and ‘Into the Ocean,’ and we have platinum records.

“We may never have another one again, but we got to do it this time, and that’s cool.”

Furstenfeld, 32, says Blue October — whose bassist, Mike Noveskey, hails from Traverse City — will make its best attempt to stay at its current level. With an expanded edition of “Foiled” recently released as “Foiled For the Last Time,” the group plans to hit the studio early in the new year armed with 50-60 songs in its “piggy bank” from previous album sessions as well as several new songs Blue October has worked up at sound checks.

And if fans are lucky, according to Furstenfeld, they may hear the germs of some new ideas at the band’s concerts.

“We don’t really play any of the (new) songs,” the drummer explains, “but there’s a jam at the end of ‘X-Amount of Words’ that I imagine is gonna end up being another song. That’s mostly what’s there — a lot of little hooks or leads or guitar riffs; we play with them onstage and just see where they take us. It’s a lot of fun.”



Blue October, Yellowcard, Shiny Toy Guns and Ozma perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 6) at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak. Tickets are $37 in advance, $40 day of show. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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