BLUE OCTOBER LANDS HIGHEST CHART DEBUT OF THEIR CAREER

Self-Released Via Justin Furstenfeld’s OWN Label, UP/DOWN Records, Any Man In America Lands at #8 On The Top 200

Band Resuming Their Headline Tour On September 8th


Blue October

(New York, NY – August 24, 2011) – Multiplatinum art rock band, Blue October, have landed their highest chart debut of their 16 year career with the release of theirlatest album, Any Man In America.  The album, which was self-released on Justin Furstenfeld’s own UP/DOWN Records after parting ways with Universal Motown, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, was the #2 debut in the chart this week and also #2 on the Independent Album Chart selling over 26,000 copies.  The album also enjoyedsuccess digitally hitting the #1 spot on the iTunes Alternative album chartand  #5 on the iTunes Overall Album Chart.  The record also enjoyed 5 consecutive days at #1 on the Amazon.com Top 100 Paid MP3 Album Chart. The album was produced by Furstenfeld, who also produced the band’s platinum album, Foiled, together with Tim Palmer who has produced and mixed for the likes of Robert Plant, Pearl Jam and U2.  Any Man In America is the follow up to 2009’s Approaching Normal and is the 6th studio album for Blue October. The album takes the listener on a cathartic journey chronicling the deeply personal events that have unfolded in singer Justin Furstenfeld’s life since the band’s last release. USA Today states in its 3 out of 4 star review “this one’s a doozy…It’ll tear your heart out.” Justin has also become very proactive in fighting for shared parenting rights and teamed up with the American Coalition For Fathers and Children recently. 

Frontman and UP/DOWN Records President Furstenfeld had this to say about the band’s achievement: “I am in awe and beside myself with a big sigh and the most amazing crows flying in my stomach. The fact that when I started UP/DOWN Records, it was to prove that the listener can still be touched by artists with something to say, artists who are not afraid to stand up and remind listeners that they can still feel music like a first kiss. Making music that is real is what both Blue October and UP/DOWN records is all about.  I can’t thank everyone enough who has supported us and helped us achieve this milestone for the band.”

The debut single, “The Chills,” is currently making its way up the charts landing in the Top 40 at Alternative radio this week.  The band also just released the video for the song and you can check it out here. The video was directed by Jeff Ray based on an idea that Justin came up with himself. Blue October has also released the touching video for “The Feel Again (Stay)”.  Directed by Merritt Fields, “The Feel Again (Stay)” is one of Blue October’s most truthful and haunting videos to date and gives fans a deeper taste of what they can expect from the new album.   That video has already reached over a 200,000 views in its short time since being released and can be seen here.

Blue October will also resume their Any Man In America tour on September 8th in Phoenix and will run through mid-October.  The tour will make stops in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas among others.  Known for their impressive live shows, the band received critical acclaim with the early shows that kicked off the tour in Texas.  The Dallas Morning News raved “Wednesday’s performance showed a band that has not only arrived, but has set up a smooth-running and rewarding shop.“ Justin and Blue October will be bringing representatives from the American Coalition of Fathers and Children on the road with them to educate fans about Family Breakdown, Divorce and Emotional Child Support.

Blue October first exploded into the mainstream after years of relentless touring with their hit single “Hate Me” which spent 16 weeks in Top 5 at Modern Rock. From their 2006 release Foiled, the song rocketed to the top of the modern rock charts and garnered the band a whole new fan base. The album went on to sell 1.6 million copies based on the strength of the single and the band’s constant touring.  Blue October continued their success at Modern Rock radio with the Top 10 hit “Dirt Room” from Approaching Normal.

Blue October is Justin Furstenfeld, Jeremy Furstenfeld, Ryan Delahoussaye, Matt Noveskey, and Julian Mandrake.

ANY MAN INAMERICA TOUR

DATE

CITY

VENUE

Sept. 8

Phoenix, AZ

The Foundry

Sept. 9

Las Vegas, NV

House of Blues

Sept. 10

Los Angeles, CA

House of Blues

Sept. 11

Anaheim, CA

House of Blues

Sept. 13

San Diego, CA

House of Blues

Sept. 15

Reno, NV

Knitting Factory

Sept. 16

San Francisco, CA

Regency Ballroom

Sept. 17

Portland, OR

Roseland Ballroom

Sept. 18

Seattle, WA

Showbox

Sept. 20

Missoula, MT

The Wilma

Sept. 21

Spokane, WA

Knitting Factory

Sept. 22

Boise, ID

Knitting Factory

Sept. 25

Denver, CO

The Ogden Theater

Sept. 28

Des Moines, IA

Hoyt Sherman

Sept. 29

Minneapolis, MN

The Myth

Sept. 30

Kansas City, MO

Crossroads

Oct. 1

St. Louis, MO

The Pageant

Oct. 2

Columbia, MO

The Blue Note

Oct. 6

Tulsa, OK

Cains Ballroom

Oct. 7

Omaha, NE

Mid America

Oct. 8

Chicago, IL

House of Blues

Oct. 9

Cleveland, OH

House of Blues

Oct. 12

Detroit, MI

Royal Oak Theater

Oct. 13

Philadelphia, PA

Tower Theater

Oct. 14

Washington, DC

The Fillmore

Oct. 15

New York, NY

Webster Hall

Oct. 16

Rochester, NY

Water Street

Oct. 17

Boston, MA

House of Blues

Oct. 19

Charlotte, NC

The Fillmore

Oct. 20

Atlanta, GA

Buckhead Theater

Oct. 21

New Orleans, LA

House of Blues

 

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