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.”
Make sure you follow Harvard of the South’s social media channels for the latest updates! You can find all the links in the sidebar —->
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!
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.
Harvard 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.)
Make sure you follow Harvard of the South on all their social media sites:
Angèle Delahoussaye is auctioning five extremely rare Blue October Consent to Treatment posters and a Blue October Blvd sign from San Marcos, Texas. 100% of the proceeds from these auctions will be donated to Liam’s Lions and will benefit the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. The posters will be signed by all of the guys in the band and will be personalized by Matt Noveskey. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your hands on some very unique Blue October merchandise and contribute to a good cause at the same time!! All auction information can be found here.
Remember: you can contribute to Liam’s Lions Buddy Walk here.
It’s that time of year again!! The time of year when we all get to show our support to Liam’s Lions at the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas Annual Buddy Walk.
This year’s Buddy Walk is on Sunday, October 19th at the Reunion Ranch in Georgetown, Texas. If you live in the area you can sign up to attend the walk. Even if you don’t live nearby you can help! You can donate to Liam’s Lions. Registration and donation information can be found here. This year the team is selling t-shirts as well. You can order a shirt here.
Matt and Regan have shared this beautiful video about Liam. (I’ll admit it, I teared up. It’s very touching.)
Please donate to this amazing cause if you can!!! If you can’t, please share this post with your friends! The more awareness we can raise, the better! The money raised from the annual Buddy Walk goes towards programs, services and support for children with Down Syndrome and their families.
How Did I Get Here? interviewed C.B. and Matt about Orb Recording Studios. They talked about how the studio came to be, building the studio, producing records, running a studio while touring with Blue October and much more. (the interview with Matt & C.B. starts about 6:40)
Theresa from 94.5 talked to Blue October before . They talked about Blue October fans, Justin’s beard, what’s next for them, and much, much more.
Justin and C.B. also performed Say It and Dirt Room acoustically.
The University Star interviewed Justin and Matt this weekend. They talked about living in San Marcos, Sway, touring and more. You can read their Q&A, which has slightly more in-depth answers to the questions in the video, here.