Blue October’s Quiet Mind Tour Brings Them to Webster Hall

October 9th, 2012

Blue October rose up out of Texas in the post-grunge late-’90s with the release of The Answers in 1998. Frontman Justin Furstenfeld, his drummer brother, Jeremy, and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye made the kind of angst-filled rock people could listen to as the soundtrack of their lives. (The three now play with Julian Mandrake on guitar and Matt Noveskey on bass.) Over the next 11 years they put out four more emotive LPs and a couple of live albums. And then last year the five-piece released Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening with Blue October and their sixth studio effort, Any Man in America, Justin’s highly personal account of the breakup of his marriage and the difficult custody battle that followed. “In America, the system makes it easier to be a deadbeat father than a man who wants to provide for and love his children. This is my deposition.” But despite the dark material, Any Man in America is filled with honest lyrics, big rock hooks and even some nuanced hip-hop. The single “Into the Ocean,” off 2006’s Foiled, went platinum prior to launching their Quiet Mind Tour in September, and that tour takes Blue October (above, playing “Hate Me”) to Webster Hall tonight.