The melodies are written by Emil Adler, who plays piano, keyboards and harmonium. Marina Belica also plays keyboards, and sings duets with Fahl on almost every chorus. David Sabatino's rhythmic acoustic and electric guitars are the primary reason these string-dominated ballads remain in the realm of pop-rock music. The fifth band member is not a musician: Adler's wife, Julie Flanders, wrote most of the lyrics. Her words combine a subtle mysticism with an earthy sensuality, and her stories are well suited to the intense yearning of the music. One of her songs, "Take Me As I Am," is a dark love story inspired by Anne Rice's novel Interview With the Vampire.
The band began its career playing in friends' living rooms, but they really constructed the specifics of their distinctive sound in the studio while in the process of recording their first (self-titled) album. Released in 1993, the record was produced by Peter Collins (who has also produced the similarly harmony-driven Indigo Girls). Their second album, Falling Farther In, surfaced on Billboard's Top 200 in 1995. Apparently that wasn't enough for Sony's Epic label, which booted the band off its rolls in 1996. The blow proved fatal, and October Project disbanded shortly thereafter. ~ Darryl Cater, All Music Guide