Blue October has raised their game to stratospheric levels since they busted into the mainstream with Hate Me, and this show was stellar. Justin Furstenfeld has evolved into an endlessly sexy, entertaining frontman, howling his way through all twelve tracks (in order) from their new release, Approaching Normal. Furstenfeld acknowledged the birth of his daughter as inspiration for a happy song (Jump Rope) but her influence was clear enough on the track Blue Does and perhaps on the band’s overall vibe.
They manage to crank up both the volume and the energy to deafening levels at times, tearing through their recent hit Should Be Loved and the blistering break-up track The End. The crowd head-banged their way through X-Amount of Words and Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek which were the heaviest offerings. A softer side does exist, the ode to his daughter, Blue Does, which made for a better live song than a studio track. As does Congratulations , which is the closest the band comes to balladry.
The second half stuck to mostly tracks from their breakthrough release Foiled, excepting the rare appearance of the gorgeous Libby, I’m Listening which opened the encore and fan (and band) favorite Come in Closer. And stuck in between the two was Hate Me, a song which launched them into the mainstream, and has taken on almost iconic stature among fans.
Blue October setlist
Weight of the World
Should Be Loved
Picking Up the Pieces
She’s My Ride Home
Into the Ocean (w/Steve Schiltz)
X-Amount of Words
Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek
You Make Me Smile
Libby, I’m Listening
Come in Closer