Monday, December 14, 2009

ESPN finally reveals Switchfoot; Hello Hurricane tour called "once in a lifetime"

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As many of you know, ESPN has been using Switchfoot's music for their college football games this season. Well, ESPN has finally posted a blog officially introducing the source of their highlights soundtrack to the masses.

Ever wonder who sings the music behind a lot of college sports highlights on ESPN?

It's likely Switchfoot, an alternative rock band from San Diego.

"When you turn on college games on Saturday and hear our music, it doesn't get any better than that," said bassist Tim Foreman, whose band is on an 18-month world tour.

ESPN's music department listens to all types of music and matches groups with certain sports, and Switchfoot seems appropriate for college sports.

"We spent so much time watching ESPN growing up that it's really cool being part of it," said Foreman, who created the band along with his brother Jon Foreman and friend Chad Butler in 1996. "Somehow ESPN heard our music and really liked the sound and put it on the air. It's an honor."

Foreman said his band, which released its seventh album -- "Hello Hurricane" -- in November, doesn't make music specifically for television highlights or commercial breaks.

"It's really impossible to make music for anyone except yourself," said Foreman, who said about five tracks from the current album are on the air. "You can't write and produce music with an ulterior motive. It won't come out right."

Oh, wonder what Switchfoot means? Switchfoot is technically a surfing term meaning taking a new stance and facing the opposite direction.

"When we added new members," Foreman said, "they had to learn how to surf!"

Check out the SOURCE.


And for a Drew Shirley section, here's the latest DrewCast episode. I've been craving a cheese steak sandwich ever since.

Here's a video of Drew talking to the audience during Switchfoot's soundcheck at the Washington, DC show on the 13th of December.

^I thought it was humorous.

Here's a video of the Switchfoot playing "Free" during that same soundcheck.

^Yeah Keith Tutt on the cello!


Here's a review of the Philadelphia show from JFH

With the long awaited release of Switchfoot's seventh studio release, Hello Hurricane, came with it the promise of a short album-launch tour that would find the band in a few cities across the country playing their entire new album inside intimate venues. The first announcement of shows only included a dozen dates, but as it drew closer to the album release in early November, additional dates in cities like New York and Philadelphia, among others, were added to the run. And "An Evening With Switchfoot: The Hello Hurricane Tour" was really turning into an extended Fall/Winter Switchfoot Tour.


Read the rest here


Boston show review from Shred News

When the opening chords of “Needle and Haystack Life” rang and the blue lights hit the stage, all the band members of Switchfoot were present except for front man Jon Foreman.  The sold out crowd was then graced by the presence of his voice; the soft repetition of “in this needle and haystack life” and the fluidity of the song’s melody set the entire ambiance for the show.  And then it occurred, the most beautiful opening moment of any concert I have ever been to; the musical intro strung out and the spotlight hit Foreman, who was standing in the upper section of the crowd with mic in hand.  “We are right now,” he sang as he embraced the fans around him and made his way to the stage.  From the beginning moments of the concert, it was clear that this night was truly going to be a fantastic and inspirational evening with Switchfoot.


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