Blue October debuted the video for Home. The song is the title track taken from their upcoming 8th album of the same name set for release April 22. The sound on Home is described by the band’s frontman and creative force Justin Furstenfeld as desert rock: it’s all about space, atmosphere, big rock drums and that vocal that seems to talk to you in your ear (Justin is also a storyteller with a widely popular one-man touring show, Open Book).
The melodies on Home were written by Justin on a small synthesizer, during road trips through the Texas and California desert landscape, and the lyrics came effortlessly. He affirms that Home “is the best piece of work we’ve ever done.”
“Home is welcoming the joy and sheer intensity of just…being alive,” says Justin, now four years sober after a long and debilitating drug addiction. “The whole album is a reflection on noticing the small miracles around you every day, and doing what you can with the time you’re given on this earth.” (One of the ‘small miracles’ can be heard on the opening of “The Lucky One,” with an unplanned ‘field recording’ of his young daughter looking at the sky, whispering, “I wish I could be a star.”)
In recent years, Furstenfeld started a family and Blue October has found success and freedom by forming their own label through RED. Little known to the media, the band’s audience has grown considerably since their major label days. The band continues to sell out large concert halls, with their fanbase and socials expanding by 50%.
Also little known is how Justin engages with his listeners on a level rare for a band this size: by offering one-on-one support to addicts or simply taking the time after shows to listen. He loves painting but doesn’t consider himself a painter. He’ll sometimes turn these life stories into artwork for each person.
In other news, Blue October ‘s Home Tour will hit the US this spring and summer.