has been through a lot as a band already. Having won critical
acclaim for their major label debut, 2000's Consent to Treatment,
the band was rewarded by being dropped by Universal. After licking
their wounds, the band did what it knows and recorded a kick ass
independent follow-up. After getting attention from labels, it
was Universal who was back to release 2003's History for Sale.
Now back in Philadelphia for the first time in a while, I had
the chance to sit down with the band and talk about all kinds
of stuff. Listen* as we talk about re-signing
with a major label that had already dropped them, being honest
with your music, and skeletons in the closet.
1. What were the situations surrounding leaving your label and
then returning to them after you had already independently released
History for Sale?
2. Was there apprehension with going back to the same label that
had dropped you?
3. What are your thoughts about digital music and online file
4. Your home state of Texas has a pretty kick-ass music scene.
Did that influence your sound any?
5. Two songs from History for Sale,really jumped out
at us. Can you tell us about "Calling You," & "Ugly
6. The quality about the band that really jumped out at me was
how real and honest you were in your lyrics.
7. Your bio says Justin writes al the time, is that how it is;
where you have lyrics and then build the music around the words?
8. You have toured with some pretty big bands like Stone Temple
Pilots and Incubus. What did you take away from those experiences?
9. Have you ever had situations where people jump to conclusions
about your songs?
10. So what is "Razorblades" about?
11. Your music is so emotional, are you ever overcome by it on
I want to thank Blue October for taking the time to talk with
me and hanging out after the show. Keep your eye up for when Blue
October comes to your town, as the show is well worth it.
Drop us a line to let me know what you think of what the Blue
October said or just to tell us how much we suck! Email me us