Archive for ‘Switchfoot’

January 18, 2014


Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their new album, Fading West, today on Atlantic Records/Word. The album was exclusively streamed as an iTunes Radio First Play last week offering fans a sneak preview. A 47-city U.S. tour in support of the new album has also been announced, with performances confirmed at Terminal 5 in New York, House of Blues Chicago, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, amongst many others.

A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.

The first No. 1 radio hit from the acclaimed album, “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight,” claims the top spot for the sixth consecutive week on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart with a bullet while simultaneously hitting No. 16 and climbing on the National Christian Audience chart. In just its first week at radio, the song garnered plays from every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006.

Switchfoot released their first feature film, also titled Fading West, on December 10th. Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, the Fading West film follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and filmed during Switchfoot’s 2012 World Tour, the film charts the creation of the San Diego-based fivesome’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages. Part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue, Fading West offers rare glimpses of the longtime surfers on their boards and in the waves, captures the frenetic energy of their live shows, and in the end portrays a journey both epic and intimate. The film is now available across all leading Video On Demand platforms in the U.S. including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu with digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff. In addition, fans can request screenings of the film in a number of markets around the country in partnership with Gathr.

As they enter their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot have sold 5.5 million copies worldwide of their eight studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles (“Meant to Live,” “Dare You To Move,” “Mess of Me,” “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues),” “Dark Horses,” and “Afterlife”), performed sold-out world tours (visiting five continents in the past year alone), raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid homeless kids in their community through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a global fan base devoted to Switchfoot’s emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock.


Jan 14 Encinitas, CA La Paloma Theater (film screening + performance)
Jan 15 San Diego, CA Casbah
Jan 24 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Feb 20 Williamsport, PA Bardo Gym
Feb 21 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
Feb 22 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Feb 23 Central, SC Southern Wesleyan University
Feb 24 Thomasville, GA Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
Feb 26 Richmond, VA The National
Feb 28 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Mar 1 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Mar 2 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
Mar 6 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Mar 7 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
Mar 8 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 9 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Mar 10 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
Mar 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Mar 13 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Mar 14 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
Mar 19 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Mar 20 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Mar 21 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Mar 22 Boston, MA Royale
Mar 23 Killington, VT Pickle Barrel
Mar 26 Stroudsburg, PA The Sherman Theater
Mar 28 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
Mar 29 New York, NY Terminal 5
Apr 2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 3 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Apr 4 Marion, IN Indiana Wesleyan PAC
Apr 5 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
Apr 6 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Apr 7 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Apr 9 Roswell, NM The Liberty
Apr 10 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Apr 12 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Live
Apr 16 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Apr 18 Seattle, WA Showbox
Apr 19 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox
Apr 20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Apr 21 College Place, WA Walla Walla University
Apr 22 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Apr 23 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
Apr 25 Abilene, TX Abilene Civic Center
Apr 27 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium

For more information on Switchfoot, Fading West, the latest tour updates and more, go to


June 27, 2013

The Trailer For The New Switchfoot Film Fading West Due Later This Year Will Give You Chills



So Switchfoot is set to release their new album called “Fading West” this October.  And as part of their new album they’ve also completed a new kind of “tour film” which follows the band’s touring and music-making adventures of 2012.  Also showcasing their passion of surfing front and center.  So far, it seems the band is wanting to hold back some of the real cool surprises in this new documentary film.  The bands’ official statement puts it this way:  “The official trailer for Fading West lets you dive a bit deeper into our journey last year, following us through amazing adventures, inspiring places and some heartbreaking struggles. This is still just a taste of what’s to come, though, and we absolutely can’t wait to share the full-length version with you this fall!”


But man the bits they do let us glimpse are some of the most majestic oceanic landscape footage, it will give you chills.  Check it out below:


August 27, 2011

Switchfoot Debuts ‘Dark Horses’ Single From New Album VICE VERSES


SWITCHFOOT will perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday, September 19th. The GRAMMY®-winning band will give “Dark Horses,” the lead single from its upcoming album, Vice Verses, its television debut. The track is climbing at Modern Rock radio, where it has already been added by KTBZ (Houston), San Diego’s 91X and KBZT, CIMX (Detroit), KPNT (St. Louis), WXDX (Pittsburgh), KXRK (Salt Lake City) and numerous other stations.

Credential Recordings/lowercase people and Atlantic Records will release Vice Verses, the eighth studio record from the multi-platinum rock band, on September 27th. Working with producer Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Weezer), SWITCHFOOT recorded most of the album in their San Diego, CA home studio. Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Dr. Dre, Pink) who produced 2009’s Hello Hurricane, served as executive producer. Hello Hurricane entered The Billboard 200 at No. 13 and contained the Modern Rock hits “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)” and “Mess of Me.” The band won “Artist of the Year” honors at the San Diego Music Awards earlier this week.

On September 22nd, SWITCHFOOT will launch a co-headlining tour with ANBERLIN in Wilmington, NC. A pre-sale for fan club members is underway now at Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 12th, at  (See below for itinerary.)

SWITCHFOOT and ANBERLIN have also teamed up with Eventful to give their fans in the cities where the tour is routed the opportunity to bring an exclusive VIP acoustic performance to their city.  Fans have until September 15 to cast a vote for their city at The tour city with the most Demands will host the VIP performance prior to the regularly scheduled show. Eventful’s “Demand it!”™ service is used by over 100,000 performers who engage with millions of their fans to find out where they are in demand, and then utilize this essential data to optimize future tour routing.

Local chapters of StandUp for Kids (, a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless and street kids, will be collecting new and used backpacks at the concerts. The backpacks will be used to distribute food and essentials to kids served by the organization.

SWITCHFOOT has raised more than $500,000 for San Diego-based children’s charities, including StandUp for Kids, with its annual concert/surf contest/silent auction, the Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley ( The seventh annual Bro-Am took place in June at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA.

ESPN college football will host an exclusive stream of Vice Verses on September 17th and the album will provide the soundtrack to the NCAA games airing that day on ESPN. SWITCHFOOT will perform at the San Diego Padres-Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game on September 18th at PETCO Park in San Diego.

SWITCHFOOT – comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – expands its sonic palette on Vice Verses. Songs like “Afterlife” and “The War Inside” take the harder-edged approach of Hello Hurricane a step further, creating what Billboard has called “powerful, anthemic rockers.” Tracks such as the groove-oriented “The Original” and “Blinding Light” benefit from a hip-hop backbeat as does “Selling the News,” a Beck-like song that finds Foreman performing spoken word.  “The War Inside” really puts the rhythm section up front while the snappy “Rise Above It” recalls the Chili Peppers punk-funk.  “‘Restless’ is the story of my life: thirsty, reaching, yearning for more,” confesses Foreman as his unflinchingly honest lyrics drive the current single rapidly climbing the AC/CHR Christian radio charts.

With its play on words, the new album’s title suggests its theme: everything has two sides. “Every blessing comes with a set of curses,” singer-guitarist Jon Foreman sings on the title track, all the while wondering if “there’s a meaning to it all.”

“The whole thing is about polarity,” says Foreman. “We wanted to write about the polarity of what it means to be human, the lights and darks. I’m always intrigued by the tension that exists between life and death. When making Hello Hurricane, there was a graveyard right by the hotel we were staying at while we were mixing it, and I spent a little bit of time there each morning walking through and sorting it out…really Vice Verses started there. This record is as much about loss as it is about what we still have while we’re living.”

The pre-order for Vice Verses is currently underway at


9/22      Wilmington, NC             UNC-Wilmington
9/25      New York, NY             Best Buy
9/26      Philadelphia, PA            Trocadero
9/27      Oneonta, NY                SUNY College
9/29      Grand Rapids, MI          Hoogenboom Center – Calvin College
9/30      Columbus, OH              Newport Music Hall
10/1      Bourbonnais, IL Olivet Nazarene University-Centennial
10/2      Dekalb, IL                    Northern Illinois University
10/5      Bowling Green, OH       Bowling Green State University – Stroh Center
10/7      Boulder, CO                  Boulder Theatre
10/8      Salt Lake City, UT        Gallivan Center – X96 concert
10/10    San Francisco, CA        The Warfield Theatre
10/11    Los Angeles, CA           The Wiltern
10/13    Amarillo, TX                 Azteca Music Hall
10/14    Siloam Springs, AR        John Brown University – Bill George Arena
10/15    Longview, TX               Le Tourneau University – Belcher Center
10/17    Dallas, TX                    House of Blues
10/18    Austin, TX                    Stubbs Waller Creek
10/20    Albuquerque, NM          Kiva Auditorium
10/21    Phoenix, AZ                  Grand Canyon University Arena  (SWITCHFOOT ONLY)