EXCLUSIVE: Harvard Of The South (members of Blue October and Hurricane Bells) create subdued magic in “Descent”

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Harvard Of The South might not be a name you know yet, but odds are you’re familiar with the parts of their sum—the band is led by Longwave/Hurricane Bells frontman Steve Schiltz and is fleshed out by three members of the platinum-selling rock band Blue October, Justin Furstenfeld (guitar/vocals), Matt Noveskey (bass) and Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums). The quartet recently released their debut EP, Miracle, and we are happy to bring you an in-studio performance video of the gorgeously subdued track “Descent” from it. Jeremy Furstenfeld comments:

“I love the dark, very minimalistic approach to this one. Throughout this whole process, I wanted to try and keep strings off the songs. Blue October has strings, so I wanted to stay as far away from that as possible. In the end, the song practically begged for a violin. We added a violin at Steve’s Ole Studios in Brooklyn while on a day off from a Blue October tour.”

You can get your own copy of the Miracle EP here, and check out the band’s upcoming tour dates below.

4/17: Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
4/18: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4/19: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
5/6: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
5/7: Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
5/8: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
5/9: Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
5/10: Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
5/13: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
5/14: Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina
5/16: Austin, TX @ Stubb’s