Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld Says He's In a Different Place Now
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|Blue October in 2013|
An homage to his wife, the album's debut single, "Bleed Out," is written from her perspective. All the lyrics about taking everything but still wanting more are about the vocalist being selfish. He says that he couldn't move forward without recognizing the wrongs he had done to loved ones and making amends.
Brimming with positivity, Sway still feels like Blue October, but it's somehow completely different. Listeners will hear a stark contrast between the first two songs on the album, as the opening track was written while the band was on the Any Man tour, while "Sway" showcases how far they've come since then. Besides a bright outlook, this album is also unique in that Furstenfeld invited his bandmates into the creative process like never before.
"I got to see what it was like letting the band in," Furstenfeld says of the songwriting. "I was so controlling over all these works of art I had done before that I never let the band in."
But Sway isn't without Furstenfeld's signature grit. "Hard Candy" is a tongue-in-cheek rock ballad that sounds like a '90s-era radio single during the verses before becoming atmospheric during the choruses. And in "Light You Up," he speaks to his addiction and depression directly, as if they were former lovers or friends with whom he's cutting ties.
"I never knew that this was possible, that life actually existed like this (sober) and that I could enjoy it," Furstenfeld says. "But you have to be proactive about life. You can't just sit there and expect things to happen for you. Really take a hard, hard look at yourself and recognize if something you might be doing isn't really healthy.
"I still take meds for depression," he continues. "I still have my bouts with all that stuff, but today I can handle it. Now I can say, 'You know what, depression? You're not going to ruin my day. I'm going to be proactive about this.'"
Notwithstanding his newfound happiness and sobriety, Furstenfeld hasn't forgotten about his fans who might still be a dark place.
"The light at the end of the tunnel is now. You've gone far enough to get there. You've just got to enjoy every moment of your life, because it's short," he says. "And they're going to take it away from you one day... Why not enjoy it now?"
Blue October will be performing an acoustic in-store performance tonight at Barnes and Noble in the Woodlands Mall tonight at 7 p.m.
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