Blue October

Blue October frontman Justin Furstenfeld, second from left, wrote 80 songs during the pandemic quarantine. Some of them are on the new album, “Spinning the Truth Around Part One.” (Dorothy Nicole Photography/Submitted)

Blue October singer Justin Furstenfeld is big on communication.

Whether it’s sharing stories or songs with his fans or romancing an actress in a music video, he needs to make his message clear. 

Take, for example, Blue October’s latest video, “Spinning the Truth Around,” the title track to a collection the band released on Oct. 14. 

“I learned it’s better to communicate with an actress if you’re going to kiss her,” Furstenfeld said slyly. 

“I brought a plethora of different gum. When I first met her, I walked up to her and said, ‘Hi, I’m Justin. What gum would you like me to chew today?’ She said, ‘What?’ 

“I said, ‘I’m going to be kissing you all fricking day. What flavor of gum would you like me to chew?’”

They mutually agreed upon Big Red.

“The crazier you’re going to get with an actress physically, it’s best to start right off with open communication,” Furstenfeld reiterated. 

“It’s such a crazy conversation: ‘I’m literally going to kiss you now. I’m going to kiss the edge of your lips for a little bit and ease into it.’”

The “Spinning the Truth Around” video was inspired by the movies “True Romance” and “Wild at Heart.” Directed by Zach Merck, it was filmed in the desert outside of Los Angeles. 

“I love both of those films because love is taken to the absolute limits,” Furstenfeld said. “Most people don’t even believe romance exists anymore.”

The song will be on the set list, along with all of Blue October’s radio hits, when the band plays The Van Buren on Saturday, Oct. 29. 

“We’ll do three or four songs off the new album,” Furstenfeld said. “It’s so exciting to be back onstage. Everybody’s in such good shape, good spirits and good moods. We want to create and be one with our supporters. We’re looking forward to everyone leaving on the highest of highs.”

Recorded throughout 2020 and 2021 at Furstenfeld’s Up/Down Studios, Blue October’s 11th album, “Spinning the Truth Around,” will be a double: part one is out, while its companion piece is set for early 2023. 

“I wrote 80 songs during COVID,” he said. “I wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing. Every day, I’d go out there (in the studio) and unleash on songs. Everybody has their problems. I choose to write about them all. It’s nice to go out there and just express myself. Plus, I’m a music fanatic. I’m trying different things.”

That goes for his medium as well. Furstenfeld made his feature film debut on Sept. 23 as a villain in the action movie “Section 8” with Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Dermot Mulroney and Ryan Kwaten.

“Section 8” is the story of a former soldier who, after avenging the murder of his family, is sprung from prison and recruited by a shadowy government agency. Furstenfeld has also wrapped the film “Lights Out,” co-starring Frank Grillo, Mekhi Phifer, Scott Adkins and Mulroney. 

Now celebrating 10 years of sobriety, Furstenfeld is the subject of the biographical documentary “Get Back Up,” with the mission of offering hope. It’s streaming on Amazon Prime and iTunes. 

Formed in 1995, Blue October has amassed over a billion streams and has charted 16 hits over 10 albums.

If You Go...

WHAT: Blue October 

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29

WHERE: The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix

COST: Sold out; tickets may be released closer to the show

INFO: thevanburenphx.com