I'll admit I was a bit late to the Blue October train. Hate Me came out when I was in high school and I have vivid memories of watching the music video on Fuse, completely engrossed in the heartbreak of it all. Somehow my angsty teen self found a way to relate. I may have had it featured on my MySpace page as well.

For whatever reason, I never sought them out further. Then in 2018, I stumbled upon them once again. Not sure if it was a random YouTube find, or something from my Spotify Discover Weekly but the singles that were out ahead of the I Hope You're Happy album had me hooked. Especially the title track.

This prompted a deep dive over the next year getting to know their works from the last decade-plus. I was hooked.

Much to my delight, they announced a fall tour and my favorite venue, Aura in Portland, made the list.


That night was one year ago today on October 29, 2019, and I must say, Blue October exceeded my expectations.

First off the VIP experience was phenomenal. Those can be truly hit or miss and the band was very involved with fans talking and joking around, as well as singing a few songs.

The show itself? Incredible. Justin Furstenfeld is hands down one of the best frontmen I've ever had the pleasure of seeing live. His voice is just as strong as it is on the albums, he's interactive, entertaining, and completely in his element on stage. As a fan, that's exactly what I hope to see.

Blue October just released their latest album This Is What I Live For featuring Oh My My. Catch it here on WCYY.

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