Platinum-selling rockers Blue October have released their seventh studio album entitled Sway (August 20, Up/Down Records), and have launched a major, 45-city-plus international concert tour making a stop at Bogart’s on Wednesday!
Sway is Blue October's first album since 2011's Billboard Top Ten debut Any Man In America, and its 13 songs, all written or co-written by vocalist Justin Furstenfeld, embody the band's revitalized energy. The album was produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell (who also produced the band's History for Sale and co-produced the Platinum Foiled), and was recorded at the Fire Station Studios in San Marcus, TX earlier this year. As singer Justin Furstenfeld puts it: “This album is about why life is so beautiful. It’s about facing fears and recognizing miracles every day. It’s about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass.”
Sway was financed by Blue October's exceptionally solid and fervent fan base that the band called upon when getting ready to record. With the help of their fans, the band raised well over 200% of the intended goal via Pledge Music, and made available to their investors items from Skype lessons with members of the band, a chance to be a crew member for a day, a one-of-a-kind painting done by Justin, an acoustic house concert with the entire band, a fishing expedition with drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld, and a song produced just for you by bassist Matt Noveskey.
Blue October - Justin Furstenfeld/guitars, vocals, Jeremy Furstenfeld/drums, Ryan Delahoussaye/violin, viola, mandolin, piano, and Matt Noveskey/bass - known for their dynamic and passionate rock energy, began writing the new album after a series of tour dates in 2012. According to Justin, “I had about 60 songs...we ended up recording fifteen and there’s thirteen on the album." Added Justin's brother Jeremy, “The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy and doing well. That's changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album."
On "The Sway Tour," Blue October - who will be joined by their former guitarist, C.B. Hudson who played with the band between 2000 and 2010 - will premiere songs from Sway, as well as perform fan-favorites from the band's six-album discography.