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Blue October playing songs from coming album

Justin Furstenfeld is in Delaware getting ready for a show.

He’s backstage and trying to take it easy before he goes onstage to pour his heart out.

On this leg of the tour, Furstenfeld also has some new music for the fans.

“This music is more than me,” he says. “I didn’t want to make an album about Justin this time. I wanted to write from a place where I’m at in life today. I got inspired by a lot of people and friends I toured with.”

Furstenfeld is the lead singer and driving force behind the rock band Blue October.

The Texas-based band is made up of Furstenfeld, Matt Noveskey, Ryan Delahoussaye and Jeremy Furstenfeld, Justin’s brother.

The band has charted 10 Top 40 singles, including “Into the Ocean,” “Hate Me,” “Home,” “Calling You,” “Say It,” “The Chills,” “Bleed Out,” “Fear” and “I Want It.”

The band’s next album, “I Hope You’re Happy,” will be released Aug. 17.

Furstenfeld and crew have been released three singles since the beginning of the year.

The band plans to release another single this month, he says.

“It gives a little time to hype it up a little bit. When the album drops, then the fans can feel familiar with it,” he says.

Furstenfeld is known for honesty in his lyrics.

Working on the new music was no different.

“I’m always writing and trying to create,” he says. “I’m trying to think outside of the box. I just leave it all open and try to be as honest as I can. It was about the craft and the creation of the album. We tried new and different things, and we have an urban sound. I’ve also been writing with other people and trying to hone the craft. It’s been interesting to open myself up with another person in the room. It’s become a collaborative effort.”

Blue October has been playing three songs from the album on this tour.

Furstenfeld has plans for another tour in the fall.

“I’d like to play the new album in its entirety,” he says. “We have about 150 songs published, when you think about it, and I want the new album to have a good ride. This is something that I never imagined.”

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