Alternative rockers Blue October are currently finishing a leg of their summer tour and made the final city stop in Denver Saturday night at the Ogden Theatre. This momentum should hopefully lead them right into the release of their new album I Hope You’re Happy on Friday August 17. The new album will be the first new release since their eighth studio album Home in 2016.
Indie rock band Kitten opened the show performing a energetic set which received a warm response from the audience. Lead vocalist Chloe Chaidez is one of the more unique stage performers I have sen in recent years. She completely commands the stage with her movements and poses. Her inspirations range from gymnastics to puck rock. She stood alongside the drum riser and leaped into the air as if she was David Lee Roth in the 80’s. Towards the end of the set she reached into the audience and grabbed a cell phone and took a selfie with a fan in front.
Blue October hit the stage next and turned up the energy and emotion. Lead vocalist Justin Furstenfeld wasted no time and led the band out of the gate into “I Want It”. Furstenfeld’s unique raspy vocals mixed beautifully with bassist Matt Noveskey and his brother Jeremy on drums. The busiest member of the band had to be Ryan Delahoussaye. He flawlessly alternated between keyboards, guitar, and violin. The band gave their fans a good selection of songs that included a number of songs from Home and Approaching Normal including the energetic “Say It”, “Dirt Room”, and “Coal Makes Diamonds”. And with the new album only a few weeks out, fans were treated to a few new songs including “I Wanna Come Back Home” and the feel good “I Hope You’re Happy”.
If you have seen the band live over the years you will know that Justin Furstenfeld often tells personal stories in-between songs. Tonights show he would tell only one but often is the backbone that runs throughout his songwriting. He spoke about his battle with depression and how he bounces back every time he gets into a dark place. This emotional touching moment led right into the hit song “Into The Ocean” which sparked the sold out crowd to jump and sing and along to every word. A closing highlight was when Justin performed an acoustic version of the hit song “Hate Me” alongside the violin from Ryan Delahoussaye. This version dripped of raw emotion and echoed throughout the crowd. There is a genuine love radiating from Justin and the fans equally love him right back.