By: Jason Bullinger
The Denver performance brought a wide variety of songs from their
catalog but mainly focused on their current album Sway.
Blue October is on the bands that falls under the radar but have been
around producing music for well over a decade. Sway was released towards
the end of the this summer using the popular PledgeMusic campaign and
it's somewhat of a departure in terms of not being as dark as the
previous Any Man in America.
I found it refreshing to hear a established
band as Blue October play all of the the new songs rather than just
three of four to help promote the album. The new songs such as "Hard
Candy", "Light You Up", and "Bleed Out" ﬁt nicely along older songs
"HRSA" and "Congratulations". Justin Furstenfeld's vocals were clear and
strong and delivered the same lyrical mastery during the live
performances as there were recorded. He continues to use very stylistic
hand and facial gestures that add to the emotion and story telling in
the songs. He paused during a few songs and highlighted two of his
favorite songs in the set. The ﬁrst was the angry and emotional "The
Getting Over it Part" from Any Man in America in which he details his
past relationship fallout. The song "Fear" from Sway is also a personal
favorite and represents the band's current outlook on life. The other
band members Violinist/keyboard player Ryan Delahoussay, Jeremy
Furstenfeld, and Matt Novesky really shined and provided a nice
compliment to each other. The Blue October set would not be complete
without “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” off of their critically acclaimed
and hugely successful Foiled album. The crowd
loudly sung these songs word for word ﬁnishing Justin's lines for him.
Overall the 20 song set satisﬁed the audience taking them on the up and
down ﬂow of emotion while moving forward representing a simpliﬁed state
of the band.