Blue October

Blue October

The Architects

Sun, April 6, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00 - $29.00

This event is all ages

All seating is general admission. A limited number of advance table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316.722.4201. Nancy's Amazing Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more!

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Blue October
Blue October
"'Sway' is an empowering record. It's a record that I always wanted to make but didn't know how."
– Blue October's Justin Furstenfeld

BLUE OCTOBER, the San Marcos, TX-based band known for shimmering rock songs and haunting lyrics on albums such as 2009's Billboard Top 15 debut, Approaching Normal, 2011's Billboard Top Ten debut Any Man In America and the Platinum-selling Foiled, makes a triumphant return with Sway (Up/Down
Records), the band's first album in two years.

With lush, atmospheric songs such as "Bleed Out," "Angels In Everything" and "Fear," and the edgy rocker "Put It In," the Texas four-piece comes back strong with a revitalized energy and a positive outlook. As singer Justin Furstenfeld puts it: "This album is about why life is so beautiful. It's about facing fears and
recognizing miracles every day. It's about enjoying yourself and realizing that life is not something you can half-ass."

The band began writing the album after coming off a series of tour dates in 2012. Drummer Jeremy Furstenfeld echoes his brother's attitude. ", "The band is in a really great space now, everyone is healthy, happy, and doing well. That's changed our point of view, and you can hear that new perspective on the album."

Produced by Justin Furstenfeld and David Castell (who also produced the band's History for Sale and co-produced the Platinum Foiled) and recorded at Fire StationStudios in San Marcus, TX, the writing for the new album began with Justin. "I had about 60 songs...we recorded fifteen, and then decided on thirteen of those for the album. I usually write all the songs and then we get together." But the singer is quick to point out that Blue October's music is a band effort. "I've got all these songs, songs that would be good with a piano and acoustic guitar; then Ryan comes in and he laces them together with beautiful harmonies and cellos and violins and that gives the songs that sensitive side. Matt is about structure: he makes sure the songs are tight and the sounds are good – he's also a producer so he knows when to take something out, if a verse is going too long or a part needs to be cut. He's a genius. And my brother, Jeremy, our drummer, is really good at locking down what works for the song."

With so many songs to choose from, Blue October focused on their favorites and channeled the band's renewed optimism into creating one standout after the next. From the exciting and contagious "Bleed Out" to the wistful "Fear," the upbeat "Angels In Everything," and the beautiful "Not Broken Anymore," Matt drives it home: "I don't think there's a weak song on the record."

"Bleed Out' is one of my favorites," says Justin. "There was a guy named Jeremy Raby who sent me some music, and when I was writing the lyrics it really inspired me to finish the song. I was pretty nailed down by addiction for a while and the song comes from my wife's point-of-view from watching someone self-destruct. I'm always honest about the pain I've gone through in the past: and this album is not about that anymore. It's recognizing the people who I might have hurt: and 'Bleed Out' is definitely that."

Matt agrees, "It's definitely one of my favorites. The music was co-written by one of my very close friends and Justin heard it and turned it into a complete song. Lyrically he came in with something so strong, it reminded me of what a really special, talented guy I work with. And I think as a band, everybody shines…it's one of those rare songs where every single instrument has a moment." The song, with its aching melody and beautiful crescendos, surges upward to the poignant chorus, "Don't let me bleed out here alone." Ryan adds, "It's a really powerful song with a great message."

Miracles and beauty abound on Sway. Justin points out the song "Angels In Everything." "It was inspired by my wife, who showed me that that there are angels in everything you do. You don't have to be alone; and that the heart that's beating when we're together is so special and something to be cherished. I think that's one song that I love so much because it reminds me of a guy just taking his wife out to a river, under the moon, and telling her that "you've changed my life and thank you so much…'"

After Justin formed Up/Down Records, the band elected to try a Pledge Music campaign to help fund the new album. The response overwhelmed them (to date, they've raised 180% of their goal). As Matt points out, "I couldn't be more sincere when I say that our lifeblood and our fuel, flows from our fans. We've had concert promoters and even other bands comment about how loyal and how rabid our fans are and there's never been a moment in our career when we've taken that for granted."

Justin describes the process of how the band took up this new challenge. "Our manager suggested it; he found Pledge Music where we could have 5% of the proceeds go to MusicCares, which provides financial aid for musicians without insurance who are in need of help. The platform has allowed us to get closer with
our fans, and allows them to become part of the fabric of the making of the new album. We love them for it and we're very blessed that they would do that for us. We hit our goal in a week!"

For Jeremy, making music is a passion. "We're just a bunch of guys who like to stay true and are blessed to be able to make music for so many years, even through the rough times. We're a band of brothers who stick by each other and help each other out when we need it whether it's music or not. As long as I can walk and as long as my hands will allow me to keep playing, and as long as we're honest with each other, which we are, I want to keep playing and we will keep playing." The members of Blue October are unanimous in their enthusiasm for the new record and its new direction. As Ryan puts it: "We are absolutely very much a band: we were a performing band before we ever made any records and that's what we are today. We're four guys who are humbled and blessed to be able to do
what we dream about."

Matt is effusive. "The wonderful thing about playing in the band, for a long time, the message has always stayed the same. Which is to put out music that has a message and substance. Every single song has a purpose or a reason, even if the themes change, we always have something to say. I think that's really special and that's really special to be a part of." Sway authenticates the strength of Blue October. The songs are moving, emotional and dynamic; the lyrics are poignant and the sound is breathtaking. As Justin
puts it, "We're tighter than we've ever been, as a band and as a family. We've been through so much together and it comes through in the music. We're stronger, and I think people will hear that, because the music truly shines."
The Architects
The Architects
“We’re doing this, in the first place, because we’re jealous of Green Day and we’re jealous of the Foo Fighters and we’re jealous of Queen and The Who because they are all able to give their fans an experience that cuts deeper than a catchy single, an album concept or a flashy stage show.” Or so says Brandon Phillips of Kansas City's The Architects. While his tongue may be tucked firmly in cheek, it doesn't diminish the overall importance and ground-breaking nature of the band's latest undertaking... BORDER WARS, a concept album and comic book presented in five episodes.
Equal parts epic album, visual artistic expression, and heavy storytelling, BORDER WARS is a breathtaking series of five connected episodes told through a collection of comic book stories and their accompanying soundtrack releases. The concept album is the culmination of nearly two years of blood & sweat-sodden labor, consuming tens of thousands of cigarettes and thousands of midnight hours to bring fans the biggest, coolest experience possible. Set to release in five episodic forms, the band was able to cram Border Wars with a multitude of quality tracks without the constraints of adding any “filler.”
To really understand Border Wars, you first have to wrap your head around The Architects outlook on the current state of the music industry as a whole. As the world’s definition of epic shift from Beatlemania to Biebermania, the Kansas City natives look to redefine and reestablish the modern idea of “doing something big.” With a "you may well be able to outsell me, but you'll never out-create me" approach to their latest release, Brandon Phillips and company are set to shatter the preconception that auditioning for American Idol or The Voice is the only way to succeed.
When The Architects joined forces with Skeleton Crew Records and illustrator Mallory Dorn, an enviable project was born. Accompanying the music part of the “project”, Dorn's vivid artwork illustrates this first installment of the serialized novel. As a companion piece to their modern take on meat and potatoes rock, the book helps define the unique vision that the band has constructed.
What would begin simply as a collection of ideas from the mind of singer and principal songwriter Brandon Phillips would eventually become BORDER WARS, which tells the story of Tom & Josie, two kids from a tiny town in southwestern Texas. Their backgrounds could not be more different. Tom is the only son of a wealthy televangelist minister. Josie is a runaway, currently employed by meth cooker. Their paths weave and interact with the city’s corrupt sheriff and his reality show, an ex-cartel boss on death row, hookers, scumbags, mob lawyers, crooked senators and a pair of wise morticians, culminating into a blood-soaked denouement.
Following the split of The Gadjits in 2004, the band has pushed forward, balancing a punk mentality with a solid, blue-collar work ethic. With four well-received full lengths under their belt (Keys to the Building 2004, Revenge 2006, Vice 2008 and The Hard Way 2009) the band is no stranger to release day. Aimed for a July 16, 2013 street date for Episode One, Border Wars is intended to keep fan on the edge of their seat, jonesing for the next chapter to drop.
They’re here to remind you that music is not a temporary fashion accessory fling.