By Bianca Montes
It was easy to see that the evening was going to be a night to remember gazing from the floor to the balcony of the sold out House of Blues in Dallas April 30. As the instruments sound checked behind the curtains that masked the stage, the audience cheered to every familiar chord to Houston-based post-grunge rock back, Blue October.
The evening was filled with the band’s signature sounds that blended pounding guitars and beautifully complex strings with lead singer Justin Furstenfeld’s scratchy and deeply emotional vocals.
Blue October does not need to dance around the stage or put on an over-the-top acrobatic show. I have always equated their type of movement as boring and disconnected, watching bands in the past. But their music speaks for itself, and passion drips from the band in a way that I have never seen. In fact, this band that just stands there and sings invokes their fans in the most joyful way.
Spending the evening singing, dancing and hugging random strangers, the crowd responded to each song in their own particular way. Hits such as “She’s My Ride Home” and “Been Down” addressed the crowd with glory while crowd-favorites “Chameleon Boy,” “Congratulations,” and “Calling You” garnered the most positive and wild reactions.
Sending the crowd into frenzy, “Calling You” was one of the highlights of the evening. It was this song that allowed the crowd to completely drown out the band as they raised their hands in the air and sang the lyrics to each other: “If you’re sleepin’ are you dreamin’? If you’re dreamin’ are you dreamin’ of me?”
It is easy to fall in love with a band like Blue October. This Texas quintet actually makes you feel something that you did not even realize you could feel again. The life and emotion that goes into the delivery of their music is incomparable to a lot of music that is available today, and leaves me wondering why bands can’t make music like this anymore.
Following the departure from the stage, fans screamed for what felt like hours, until violinist Ryan Delahoussaye returned to the stage and performed a heightened solo into Black Orchid.
The evening ended as Blue October performed one of their biggest hits to date, “Hate Me.” Beginning with an eerie voice mail left by Furstenfeld’s mother, the moderate tempo and soft instrumentation weave this commanding song together. Watching the band perform this song live drove the emotion behind it to life as the building full of screaming people sang, “Hate me today. Hate me tomorrow. Hate me so you can finally see what’s good for you.”
The high-energy and uniquely mixed sound of Blue October made this stop on their Pick up the Phone 2010 tour a night to remember.
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