Chrystal talks with Ryan of Blue October about their new album “Approaching Normal” , favorite concerts, and gets him to answers a few fan questions
I was pumped to get an interview with Ryan from Blue October. When “Hate Me” came out, it definitely struck a chord. I’d find myself tearing up in the car listening to it. I remember talking about the song with my coworkers, trying to decipher the meaning.
The song truly touched numerous personality types.One of my coworkers loved it, and he’s a happy-go-lucky, ex-frat boy, father of two. My brother-in-law also liked the song, and he’s a 20-something Nebraskan, who has a love for Tool and driving fast, and a secret talent of writing dark poetry.I’m a fan, and I’m a boy band lover.
I think the fact of the matter is; we all have a past.What sets Blue October apart from other rock bands…powerful lyrics that can be interpreted in many different ways, and the ability to orchestrate what those dug up feelings sound like.The band never really tells people the true meaning or inspiration behind a song, because the song’s purpose is to relate to the listener. The meaning morphs to fit the mind behind the ears. One size fits all.
Just check out some of the comments left on the lyric sites about “HateMe.”It’s amazing how many people were moved by this song to search for the lyrics, and then write about their interpretation: http://tiny.cc/lyrics
The lead singer, Justin Furstenfeld, has a very unique voice. He’s a legit singer with this accent twist that stands out.The layers in Blue October’s music are impressive; a nice mix of instrumentation and production, and then beautiful builds. The band also works in an artistic way, making each record release a volume leading to the next album (or that’s what I believe)
Just by the titles of the albums, you can see a pattern: The Answers, Consent toTreatment, History For Sale, and Foiled. My interpretation would be that the songs are fueled on chapters in a diary: The Answers is about being angry about why things are not perfect, and not wanting to accept it. Consent to Treatment is the desire to be happy, accept the past, and move on. History For Sale is about leaving the past behind along with the anger and self-pity, and Foiled is perhaps circling an emotional relapse due to one of life’s kicks in the ass, and figuring out how to letting all the anger out as a form of therapy.
Blue October is coming out with their new release, Approaching Normal, which in my opinion would be about figuring out how to deal with these emotional relapses, and not let it drag you back to The Answers.
In their bio, it says that Approarching Normal is “a journey, a song cycle” that starts with a song called “Weight of the World,” and ends with a track called “The End” about “an unstable man self-tortured by jealously.“Perhaps this album is the story within a story in Blue Octobers record release history.Who knows? That’s the beauty of Blue October.
The song “My Never” may be the most anticipated on this album, as it was promoted during the Stephenie Meyer/Justin Furstenfeld Breaking Dawn tour.Meyer is the bestselling author of Twilight and a Blue October fan. On the tour last summer, Justin sang acoustic versions of his songs while Meyer spoke about their influence on her writing.
Approaching Normal is produced by 5-time Grammy Winner, Steve Lillywhite, who has worked with U2, Peter Gabriel, and The Rolling Stones among others. The album is coming out on March 24th, and Blue October is starting the tour on March 16th.
To hear more about the band, the tour, and the new album; check out our interview with Ryan Delahoussaye at YouTellConcerts.com! — Chrystal
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