Language Room’s Todd Sapio and Blue October’s Matt Noveskey.
Blue October will play a free show Friday night at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, as part of the 2011 SXSW music fest. Although the Houston-based band is not quite ready to uncork their new material, bassist Matt Noveskey did, however, reveal some details about the record (due out this summer).
“It’s definitely a departure for sure,” said Noveskey earlier this morning when he dropped by Peche, a bar and restaurant where we’ve set up shop during SXSW. “It’s a very, very honest, from the heart record. A lot of our stuff has been a snapshot of what Justin (Furstenfeld), our singer/chief songwriter, has going on in his life and there’s been a lot of heavy stuff going on the last couple of years. This record doesn’t pull any punches. It’s very true to what he’s been going through. There’s been things on this record that we’ve sat down as a band and gone, ‘Now are you sure you want to put that out there? Are you sure this is what you want to say?’ And I respect the fact that he was like, ‘Yes, and if it’s commercial, it’s commercial. If it’s not, it’s not. This is something I need to get off my chest.’ So it’s brutally honest and I’m really proud of it.”
Noveskey, who calls Austin home, also shared his take on the enormous music fest.
“SXSW is something completely different for people who are from Austin and people not from Austin,” he says. “People from Austin always complain about SXSW and the traffic and the parking but when it actually gets here, everybody is excited; everybody is having a good time. I’m one of those people. I’ll bitch about it all year and then as soon as it is here, I’m like, ‘Yes, this is great!’ I went last night to pick up my wristband with one of the bands I work with. This is their first time ever experiencing SXSW and we are walking along and we see the Foo Fighters limo parked outside of the Four Seasons and we were like, ‘This is going to be a good weekend.’ Also, my idol is Angelo Moore from Fishbone. I grew up worshipping that guy and as I’m driving in for SXSW, I look over and he’s just walking down the street. So that’s SXSW; everybody is here.”
Noveskey’s Top 3 For What People Just Shouldn’t Miss at SXSW:
1. Austin barbeque. I love Iron Works, Stubb’s or County Line if you want to get away from downtown.
2. Blue October on Friday night at 8 p.m.
3. An Austin band called Language Room and a band IAmDynamite from North Carolina that is going to be the biggest band in the world very soon. They are both playing Saturday night at 512.