Apr 17 2015

Harvard of the South Debuts “Descent”

Substream Magazine has an exclusive look at Harvard of the South’s newest song, Descent.

Harvard Of The South might not be a name you know yet, but odds are you’re familiar with the parts of their sum—the band is led by Longwave/Hurricane Bells frontman Steve Schiltz and is fleshed out by three members of the platinum-selling rock band Blue October, Justin Furstenfeld (guitar/vocals), Matt Noveskey (bass) and Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums). The quartet recently released their debut EP, Miracle, and we are happy to bring you an in-studio performance video of the gorgeously subdued track “Descent” from it. Jeremy Furstenfeld comments:

“I love the dark, very minimalistic approach to this one. Throughout this whole process, I wanted to try and keep strings off the songs. Blue October has strings, so I wanted to stay as far away from that as possible. In the end, the song practically begged for a violin. We added a violin at Steve’s Ole Studios in Brooklyn while on a day off from a Blue October tour.”

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Apr 7 2015

Harvard of the South Debuts Miracle Lyric Video

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Harvard of the South’s EP, Miracle, is available today. I know a lot of us were able to get a copy when they were being sold at concerts or on the Bandwear site but if you weren’t, today is your lucky day. You can now purchase Miracle on Amazon, Google Play and iTunes.

Harvard of the South has also released a lyric video for the title track, Miracle. This is one of the most creative lyric videos I’ve seen, I love it! It was created by Bill Moldt.

Hit Fix got the scoop about the song and video from Jeremy-

Their brand of roots-tinged, Elbow-style pop-rock hits more subtly than a good ol’-fashioned  supernatural activity, and that’s due to the expertise of the songmakers. Harvard Of The South consists of rock veterans Steve Schlitz (of Longwave) and Blue October brothers Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld, plus bassist Matt Noveskey.

Today HitFix exclusive reveals the lyric/music video to the title track “Miracle,” which Jeremy calls a “special” tune.

“This is a special one to us… I think it showed us we were on the right track, and we should continue this ‘Experiment.’ I remember during the process of this song, I was playing a straight beat. S The video we made for this video caught me by surprise. Steve’s friend, Bill, put this together for us using his own ideas and imagination of the song. Its very childlike, and takes me back to wanting to have the imagination of a child again.”

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Apr 3 2015

Blue October Announces Las Vegas Destination Weekend

blue october desitnation weekendBlue October is inviting you to spend the weekend with them in Las Vegas. Their first ever destination weekend will be held September 18-19 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. On Friday, September 18, there will be full band electric concert at JBL Sound Stage. Saturday, September 19, there will be an acoustic concert at Vinyl. Tickets for Friday’s concert can be purchased here, and tickets for Saturday’s acoustic set are available here. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is offering a special rate for guests that are staying with them for this Blue October weekend. Simply use the code HBLUOCT when reserving your room through this link. There will also be a Blue October memorabilia display dedication ceremony some time during the weekend.


Apr 2 2015

Video Premiere of Harvard of the South’s “All Our Ashes”

Diffuser.fm has debuted the video of All Our Ashes by Harvard of the South.

Harvard of the South — a collaboration between Longwave frontman Steve Schlitz, Blue October‘s Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld, and Matt Noveskey — are gearing up for the release of their debut EP, Miracle, on April 7. Today (April 1), Diffuser is thrilled to partner with the new project to premiere the official music video for the EP’s opening track, “All Our Ashes” — check it out above.

The song opens with an instantly catchy guitar riff and builds into a pummeling, driving rhythm, making it the perfect track to set the mood for Miracle. “‘All Our Ashes,’ when we first wrote it, was to me always going to be the first song,” Schlitz tells us. “I loved Matt’s bass on it, I loved the sound. I kind of had the idea that it could be like a Primal Scream track — relentless.”

As the song grew, Schiltz says it “changed when Justin put his part in the chorus … it became soaring.”
The accompanying visual perfectly captures the live feel of the track. As Schiltz explains, “The drums, the bass, the guitar — including the solo — were all done live in Jeremy’s living room in Texas.”

Their EP, Miracle, is now available to pre-order from iTunes here.

Harvard of the South will be opening for some of Blue October’s upcoming Fear tour. Make sure you follow all of their social media channels (listed in the sidebar) to keep up on the latest news!

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Mar 3 2015

Justin Furstenfeld on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live

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Justin was in New York this morning for VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live with Nick Lachey and Michelle Buteau. He talked about getting sober, Blue October’s upcoming documentary, and writing while on the road. He also performed a beautiful version of Fear.


Feb 27 2015

Justin Furstenfeld Announces 2015 Open Book Tour

justin furstenfeld open book tourJustin will be continuing the Open Book tour this summer.

Ticketing information can be found here.

 


Jan 16 2015

Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

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Justin performed at a private event at Houston’s 94.5 The Buzz yesterday. In between songs, Theresa, interviewed Justin. They talked about attending The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the loyalty of Blue October fans, acting lessons, the documentary, and much, much more.

Justin also performed The Worry List, Hate Me and Fear. You can see video of his performances and pictures from the event here.


Dec 15 2014

Blue October Announces Spring 2015 Tour Dates

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Blue October has announced their Spring 2015 Fear Tour dates:

Ticketing information can be found here.


Dec 12 2014

The Rave.TV Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

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The Rave.TV interviewed Justin when they were in Milwaukee for the Sway Tour. Alan joined the interview as well. (If you don’t know, he’s the tour manager. Follow him on Twitter here.) They talk about beards, bus troubles, Sway and much more.

You can see pictures from the concert at The Rave here.


Dec 10 2014

99.9 The Point Interviews Justin Furstenfeld

Colorado’s 99.9 The Point had Justin in studio while they were in Denver for the Sway Tour. They talked about filming the Fear video, the documentary, getting sober,  Justin’s first job, what’s next for Blue October and much, much more.

Justin also performed Hate Me and Fear.


Dec 10 2014

Sneak Peek at Blue October’s Upcoming Documentary

VH1 has posted a short clip from Blue October’s upcoming documentary. A lot of the clips are the same as the sneak peek that was included in the PledgeMusic campaign but there is some new footage included in this version. Every little clip we get from the documentary makes me more excited to see the whole thing. I know it is going to be a phenomenal journey.


Dec 1 2014

Miracle by Harvard of the South is Now Available to Purchase

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Harvard of the South’s EP, Miracle, is now available to purchase from their online store. Autographed copies can be ordered here.

Make sure you follow Harvard of the South on all their social medial sites.


Dec 1 2014

Alex G Interviews Blue October

Alex G sat down with Justin and Ryan while they were in Napa Valley for Live in the Vineyard. They talked about the name of the band, performing, Sway, performing at Live in the Vineyard and much more.


Nov 30 2014

KVIL Interview with Justin Furstenfeld

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Ash of Dallas’s KVIL talked to Justin backstage at the DVD concert. They talked about writing Fear and about how Justin feels when fans tell him how much Blue October’s music helps them.

Justin also answered a bunch of rapid fire questions with Brent. Would he rather be a jedi or wizard? Who’s his guilty pleasure artist? Craziest fan encounter?


Nov 3 2014

Harvard of the South ‘Miracle’ EP Available Exclusively at Sway Tour Concerts

harvard of the south miracleHarvard of the South, a side project of Justin, Jeremy, Matt and Steve Schiltz, will be the opening band for the first ten dates on upcoming leg of Blue October’s Sway tour. They will also have their EP, Miracle, available to purchase. As of right now, these shows are the only place that the EP will be available. So if you’re going to one of those concerts, make sure you grab a copy! (If the EP becomes available any other way, I will post about it here as soon as I find out.)

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