Alright folks. This has been really weighing on my mind. As we prepare to dive into a brand new era of Switchfoot, I've been thinking lately about how this blog, We're Awakening, first started. I created this blog way back in June 2007, to help promote "Awakening" and send it to the masses, thinking the sheer might of the Switchfoot fan base would propel it to the top charts everywhere. As we all know, that single never really took off, for a number of reasons and to no fault of the fams.
Things were a bit discouraging for me once I came to this realization that efforts to promote Switchfoot were going to be futile. Sony was not going to be giving "Awakening" the help it needed in order to make it the smash single we all know it should have been, no matter how much time and effort we threw into this thing.
As the summer started to dwindle down and we began to hear news that Switchfoot had begun working on a new record, that they had cut ties with Sony, and that "Head Over Heels (In This Life)" was going to be tapped as next Christian-only single by Sparrow, I began to consider shutting down the site. After all, there seemed to be no point in moving on, now that the site's purpose had run out. But after much thought, I realized that this thing could be carried on with a new direction, for the love of the music, all while preserving the promotional spirit that started the blog in the first place.
Fast forward to 2009. We are a little over two weeks away from having the seventh Switchfoot album drop in our laps (or mailboxes). It's getting to that time when excitement and anticipation builds to a near frenzy... so... what better way to channel all that nervous energy than to throw ourselves into voting/promoting the heck out of Switchfoot? We've got Atlantic behind us this time; they've gotten Switchfoot onto everything from ESPN college football games to Star Magazine to Entertainment Weekly to Game 1 of the ALCS baseball playoffs –– not to mention the fact that "Mess of Me" is steadily climbing the rock charts.
So, what am I trying to say with this long-winded letter of sorts? I don't really know... but I do ask, that you help Switchfoot out in as best a way as you can, by going to these links and voting for Switchfoot. We have seen time and again the power that word-of-mouth can play in promoting something, so besides giving your voice here by clicking things on your computer, go out and tell your friends about the upcoming album. Burn them a copy of "Mess of Me" or put the mp3 on their iTunes. Post the video all over Twitter, Facebook, etc. Do whatever it takes to help Switchfoot out. That's what we're here for guys and gals.
Switchfoot's music has given me SO MUCH and saved my life. I can only begin to somewhat repay them with these few little words typed on a screen every day or so; to only begin to somewhat repay them for the little votes I log every time I log on. How much has Switchfoot given you? How much are you willing to give back?
Hehe. Sorry friends for that long diatribe. I felt like saying something, so I did. :)
Anways, like I said, let's get voting!
- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8
- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown
- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We have regained the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!
- We need to get "Mess of Me" on to KROQ, in order to get this single off the ground. Go HERE to request it! Keep it up friends! Don't slow down, WE NEED THIS.
Go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!
Now, here are some interviews for your perusal. Thanks LOBH for these tips.
First, here's an interview with Jon Foreman from TitleTrakk.com, conducted by our friend Susie.
TT: That leads into my next question. With all of that freedom, you really didn’t have anyone looking over your shoulder, you’ve got all the time in the world, you’ve got freedom to make your own decisions. Was that more liberating or was it more paralyzing?
Jon: It’s both you know. Every blessing is a curse and that was certainly a blessing and a curse in itself. To be completely boundless in everything means that we have to kind of invent our own boundaries, you know? I think that was ultimately a healthy process to have to go through. At the time there were some dark moments when we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do. Because for us it felt like a new beginning. It felt like a brand new record, brand new studio, brand new era of Switchfoot. So what do you want to do for the next 10 years of your life? And there’s five incredibly creative people all in a room with all sorts of ideas that may or may not line up. And 80+ songs that we are kind of sifting through trying to figure out which ones are gold and which ones are silver. And which ones are crap (laughs). I think it was definitely a process and I think we emerged on the other side much stronger as a band and much more sure of who we are. But there were moments along the way that felt a little bit more hopeless.
Read the rest of this GREAT interview here
And, a second interview, this time with Tim Foreman, with Disarray Magazine.
4. Are you excited about going out on this mini tour, what venues/cities are you looking forward to the most?
Tim: It’s going to be a real challenge for us, what we’ve done is set it up where we play Hello Hurricane from start to finish all 12 tracks in order and we’ve never done anything like that before. That’s definitely going to take some practice, and what we’re currently doing right now in our studio here in San Diego. At the same time we’re looking for new challenges and one we’re looking forward to.
Read the rest of this one here.
^Both great, insightful interviews. I enjoyed reading them both –– lots of insightful quotes about the new record.
"Mess of Me" holds at No. 38 on the Alternative charts.