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DFest Headliners: The Ugly Suit and Blue October

Oklahoman Modified: July 22, 2009 at 11:12 am •  Published: July 22, 2009

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The Uglysuit

The Ugly Suit

Tabloid life surrounds us. Artifice has replaced art, style trumps substance. Sincerity and honesty got lost along the way. Once in a while though, something breaks through. That’s where The Uglysuit and their self-titled record come in.

Made up of six friends from Oklahoma City ranging in age from 20-23, The Uglysuit brings a different mentality to what they do — remarkably fresh-faced and honest, the band believes in letting loose, fostering a heartfelt atmosphere of hope and love, and works hard to shape what comes naturally. Playing together since their early teen years has given them an almost familial connection which shines through on their beautiful, fully-realized debut album.

The Uglysuit’s music is an extended love song to the notion that everything is possible, yet nothing is guaranteed. It’s born of excitement and energy and built on potential and promise. It’s based on the premise that change exists in everything, and where a wide-eyed view of the world doesn’t equal naiveté. It reminds us that we are alive, and that maybe it’s not too late.

Catch these surging local boys 6 p.m. Saturday night on the Poseidon Stage.

Blue October

On the latest Blue October album, “Approaching Normal,” Justin Furstenfeld, moves his band forward into confident new territory as a songwriter and as a storyteller.

Steve Lillywhite, the producer synonymous with U2 and five-time Grammy Award winner guided the way and the result is an album that breaks the mold of whatever anyone may think Blue October is.

Lillywhite’s first attraction to Blue October was the voice. “For me, it’s always the voice that gets me first because my opinion on a voice never changes.

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