Blue October // Interview

Poppinoff Mar 15th, 2009 | By
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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 “Hate Me. It’s amazing how many people were moved by this song to search for the lyrics, and then write about their interpretation:

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 to Treatment, 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! — Chrystal

Mar 16 2009 7:00P
The Fillmore [RESCHEDULED FROM 3/25] San Francisco, California
Mar 18 2009 7:00P
House of Blues – San Diego San Diego, California
Mar 19 2009 6:30P
House of Blues – Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
Club Nokia – LA Los Angeles, California
Mar 22 2009 7:00P
House of Blues – Anaheim Anaheim, California
Mar 26 2009 7:00P
Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
Showbox Theater Seattle, Washington
Mar 28 2009 7:30P
Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
Mar 31 2009 7:00P
The Depot Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 1 2009 7:00P
Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
Apr 3 2009 7:00P
Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
Apr 4 2009 7:00P
Sokol Auditorium [2nd SHOW!] Omaha, Nebraska
Apr 5 2009 7:00P
The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
Apr 6 2009 7:00P
Liberty Hall [RESCHEDULED from 4/4] Lawrence, Kansas
Apr 10 2009 7:00P
Stubb’s Austin, Texas
Apr 11 2009 7:00P
Stubb’s Austin, Texas
Apr 20 2009 7:00P
House of Blues – New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana
Apr 22 2009 7:00P
Jannus Landing St. Petersburg, Florida
Apr 23 2009 7:00P
House of Blues – Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Apr 24 2009 8:00P
House of Blues – Myrtle Beach N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Apr 25 2009 8:00P
Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Apr 27 2009 7:00P
930 Club Washington D.C., Washington DC
Apr 29 2009 7:00P
Theatre for the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 1 2009 8:00P
Webster Hall New York City, New York
May 2 2009 8:00P
Lupo’s Providence, Rhode Island
May 3 2009 7:00P
House of Blues – Boston Boston, Massachusetts
May 4 2009 8:00P
Toad’s Place New Haven, Connecticut
May 6 2009 7:00P
Gravity Chaswick, Pennsylvania
May 14 2009 7:00P
The Rave [JUST ADDED!] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 16 2009 7:00P
Emerald Theater Mt. Clemens, Michigan
May 17 2009 12:00P
Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio
May 19 2009 8:00P
The Pheonix Theater [JUST ADDED] Toronto, Ontario
May 20 2009 6:30P
Metropolis [JUST ADDED] Montreal, Quebec
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4 Comments to “Blue October // Interview”

  1. Dana H says:

    Thanks for the interview! Ryan Delahoussaye is an absolutely amazing musician! It was super hearing about his work with Blue October,the most incredible band. Thanks so much!

  2. Karen F. says:

    God definitely gave you a gift Ryan. You use it quite well. Thank you!

  3. Lenora Garcia says:

    Blue October was put in our lives for a very special reason, you see, my husband t-bone was terminally ill and he was on so much meds that it made him very sick, and when Blue October came in our lives some of the meds were put aside and was replaced with the music and lyrics of this wonderful band and the kind hearts of these guys. t-bone carried the illness for 13 years before he left this place and I promise you he didn’t leave this world without his meds (Blue October) Thanks to all the guys for helping t-bone get through some rough times. you all will never be forgotten. You touched this man’s heart in a way no one could ever explain unless you were their to wittness it.

  4. Gina D. says:

    I am very proud of Ryan. He has used his talents in a way that has brought all of us together to enjoy. I always love to hear his interviews because he is so well spoken and makes it so very interesting.
    Thanks Ryan for all the great music. I love you baby.

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