If you’ve watched the news or been on social media over the past few days you’ve seen the devastation caused by flooding in Texas. Families have lost loved ones and their homes in the flooding.
Blue October is from central Texas and they are stepping up to help their neighbors. They are holding a benefit concert on Sunday, June 7 at The Marc in San Marcos. The concert will include performances by Blue October, Aaron Behrens (Ghostland Observatory), and Ray Wylie Hubbard. More special guests will be announced.
100% of the ticket sales will be donated to flood victims.
Donations are being accepted so even if you can’t be there, you can still help. Ticket and donation information can be found on the Band Together TX website.
Blue October talked to Austin Underground about touring, their upcoming album, the key to staying together so long, songwriting, their favorite song to perform live and much more.
SofaKing Cool Online interviewed Steve and Justin about Harvard of the South. They talked about how the band came to be, songwriting, touring and more.
They also shared this great story about the first time Steve met Blue October-
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.”
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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Blue 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.
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!
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.
- June 12, 2015 – State Theatre – St. Petersburg, Florida
- June 13, 2015 – Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater – Orlando, Florida
- June 14, 2015 – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, Georgia
- June 15, 2015 – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center – Greensboro, North Carolina
- June 17, 2015 – The Hamilton – Washington DC
- June 18, 2015 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, Massachusetts
- June 19, 2015 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, Vermont
- June 20, 2015 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
- June 21, 2015 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- June 23, 2015 – 20th Century Theatre – Cincinnati, Ohio
- June 24, 2015 – House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
- June 25, 2015 – SPACE – Evanston, Illinois
- June 26, 2015 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ticketing information can be found here.
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.
Blue October has announced their Spring 2015 Fear Tour dates:
- April 8, 2015 – Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, Arizona
- April 9, 2015 – House of Blues – San Diego, California
- April 10, 2015 – House of Blues – Anaheim, California
- April 11, 2015 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, California
- April 16, 2015 – Venue – Vancouver, British Columbia
- April 17, 2015 – The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
- April 18, 2015 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
- April 19, 2015 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, Washington
- April 20, 2015 – The Wilma Theatre – Missoula, Montana
- April 22, 2015 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Boise, Idaho
- April 23, 2015 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah
- April 24, 2015 – Boulder Theater – Boulder, Colorado
- April 25, 2015 – Amarillo Civic Center – Amarillo, Texas
- April 26, 2015 – The Roxy Event Center – Joplin, Missouri
- April 29, 2015 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- April 30, 2015 – Granada Theater – Lawrence, Kansas
- May 1, 2015 – Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Sioux City, Iowa
- May 2, 2015 – Austins -Libertyville, Illinois
- May 3, 2015 – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, Minnesota
- May 6, 2015 – Mr. Smalls Theatre – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- May 7, 2015 – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, New York
- May 8, 2015 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
- May 9, 2015 – The Norva – Norfolk, Virginia
- May 10, 2015 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, North Carolina
- May 13, 2015 – Exit In – Nashville, Tennessee
- May 14, 2015 – Juanitas Cantina – Little Rock, Arkansas
- May 16, 2015 – Stubbs – Austin, Texas
Ticketing information can be found here.
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.
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.