|Born In :||Houston, texas, US|
|Occupation(s) :||American music band|
|Genres :||alternative rock|
|Agent :||RoDan, Entertainment/Scoop, Brando, Universal, Up/Down Records|
|Web Site :||More information|
Blue October is an American alternative rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1995 and currently consists of Justin Furstenfeld (lead vocals, guitar), Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums, percussion), Ryan Delahoussaye (violin/viola, mandolin, piano, backing vocals), Matthew Ostrander (lead guitar), and Matt Noveskey (bass guitar, backing vocals). The band has had ten top 40 singles over their past seven studio albums and is best known for their platinum singles “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean” from their 2006 platinum album Foiled.
Blue October was formed by lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, his brother Jeremy, and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye. The band was discovered by former Kid Rock manager Michael Rand performing at the Atchafalaya River Cafe in 1998. His agency proceeded to book over 350 dates on the group unsigned. Extensive publicity and artist development was regimented. This work eventually led to Michael bringing the band to Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris under the direction of long time A&R rep Reen Nalli. The group moved to San Marcos, Texas in December 1996 and were signed to Universal Records in December 1999.
Managed by Justin and Jeremy’s parents under the name RoDan Entertainment, Blue October released their first album, The Answers, in 1998; a well-received debut which sold over 5,000 copies in Houston alone. Due to a fan-based connection with ABC’s KTRK-TV (Channel 13), Blue October was able to schedule an early-morning news performance — the band’s first live television performance. Other unreleased songs from this period, such as “Rust”, “Colorado 5591”, “His Name Is Crazy”, “Gun Metal Blue”, “Dollar 30 Gravy”, and “5 Day Walk” can be found on YouTube.
Blue October caught the attention of the major record labels while working with producer dB (Don Byczynski) in early 1998. Pre-production started for getting Blue October a more “radio ready” sound, with new songs and to rewrite material off The Answers. Tracking was done in a studio setup at Justin’s home in San Marcos, Texas. The recordings were sent to Universal, then in 1999 Blue October signed to Universal Records for the release of their second album, Consent to Treatment. The band was dropped by Universal Records in 2000.
After being dropped, the band recruited new guitarist C.B. Hudson and got back on the road. In November 2002 the band signed with Texas-based management company Rainmaker Artists. Rainmaker immediately signed to their record label. Just before entering the studio Matt Noveskey left the band for personal reasons. The remaining band members persevered on entering the studio to record what would be become their 3rd album History for Sale. The first single from History For Sale was “Calling You” released in February 2003. On March 20, 2003 radio station “102.1 the EDGE” in Dallas added “Calling You” to regular rotation, and it began to spread to radio stations across the country receiving over 56,585 spins on the US airwaves. Rainmaker took the band to New York where the band played multiple live showcases over a week period in early May 2003 for Atlantic Records, Columbia Records and Universal Records. Blue October was then offered records deals by each company. Ultimately the band returned to Universal Republic Records in May 2003. History for Sale was then re-released on Universal Republic in August 2003. History for Sale was largely a response to the control Universal had placed on the group during the Consent to Treatment production process. This is evident in songs such as “Somebody” and “Inner Glow”. “Calling You” remained the group’s largest mainstream success until their 2006 single, “Hate Me”.
On February 13, 2015, the band announced that they were starting work on their eighth studio album via their official Twitter feed. The band entered the recording studio in August 2015 and finished recording the album in early November. The band recorded eleven songs for the new album, making this their shortest album to date. An acoustic version of one of the songs, entitled “Home”, was played live in Las Vegas on September 19. The album, also titled Home, was released April 22, 2016. The title track and first single “Home” made its radio premier December 16, 2015. The official video for “Home” was premiered on Billboard on April 13, 2016. Tim Palmer, who worked on the albums Any Man in America and Sway co-produced and mixed the album. The song “Home” reached the top 30 of the US Adult Pop Songs chart.