Things are looking good for alt-rockers Blue October. The band’s 8th studio album, Home, was released on April 22rd and premiered at the number one spot on the Billboard’s Top Rock Album, Top Alternative Album, and Top Independent Album charts last week. It’s all good news for the guys from Texas, and they’ve just announced on social media that they’ll be joining Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Die Antwoord, Willie Nelson, and Mumford and Sons at the 15th Anniversary of Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.
Blue October has seen quite a transformation over the years. With frontman Justin Furstenfeld hitting rock bottom after a mental breakdown and divorcing his wife and losing custody of his daughter, he sobered up, pieced the band together again, and went back into the studio. Furstenfeld’s music has gone from tortured to inspirational, yet never losing its edge.
While 2013’s album Sway was about rebirth and sobriety for Furstenfeld, Home is about finding inner peace and making the most out of his life.
Blue October reached out to its fans again with another crowd-sourcing fundraiser on PledgeMusic and released the album via the band’s record label, Up/Down Records.
Speaking to HoustonPress, Furstenfeld said of Home on the day of its release, “I wouldn’t say this is a happy album.
“It’s me saying, ‘This is what I want out of life, and I’m going to get it. So just move out of the way if you’re trying to keep me from it.’
“I want to be a better person every day than I was the day before,” he says. “For my friends and for my children. And that’s where I took this album.”
Playing together since 1995, Blue October might be best known for the platinum singles “Hate Me” and “Into The Ocean” from the breakout platinum album Foiled in 2006.
Blue October launched the second leg of its tour to coincide with Home’s release, check out the dates: