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Switchfoot played in San Francisco and Medford over the weekend. Here are videos from the SF show:
"Dare You to Move"
^Switchfoot just appears to be so much more free and alive this tour. I think the freedom and sense of a new beginning have really re-energized and re-invigorated the band. Does anyone else get that feeling? The "Oh! Gravity." tour was fun and great, but it felt a little tired compared to the new tour. Or perhaps it was just because
Here are three videos of Sara Watkins playing along with Switchfoot for "Only Hope." All from the same camera, so don't worry about repetitiveness. ;P
RGJ reviewed Switchfoot's Reno show:
Switchfoot rocked the Knitting Factory Friday night by essentially giving two concerts -- one an album release party for their latest CD and the other a greatest hits show.
The San Diego band may have gained popularity on the Christian music scene but don't call them just a Christian band.
Switchfoot played its "Hello Hurricane" album front to back, getting things started with "Needle and Haystack Life" and "Mess of Me." Even a casual fan of the group could enjoy the mean guitar riffs on the latter song.
One couldn't help but notice there were seagulls everywhere, on large posters on stage and models hanging from the ceiling, fitting for the Southern California group but they knew where they were.
"Say yes to Reno," lead singer Jon Foreman said, emphasizing the second syllable in the city's name.
Foreman got up close with the fans, walking through the front of the crowd twice during the night, no easy feat considering how tightly packed everyone was.
After going through the new album's songs, Switchfoot walked off stage for about a minute and then came back to take crowd requests of popular numbers from their first six albums.
For "Stars," they brought a teenage fan up from the crowd to play the drums as drummer Chad Butler gladly stepped aside.
The band finished the show on a strong note with "Oh! Gravity" and finally their two mainstream hits "Dare You to Move" and "Meant to Live."
They returned for an encore including a rock cover of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love."
On an amusing note, while it's cool to buy a tour t-shirt when your favorite band comes to your town, Switchfoot's may have been a novelty/collector's item. On the list of cities for the band's nationwide tour it included "Reno, CA," an obvious geographical error a vendor attributed to the printer.
Charlotte band Paper Tongues, the opening act, got the show started with their rock-hip hop sound that most in the crowd seemed to enjoy and featured energetic lead singer Aswan North shaking his mop-top hairstyle around the stage on songs like "Ride to California."
"Mess of Me" jumped to No. 19 on Alternative! Request!
Mission: Suggest Switchfoot to all your Facebook friends!
We've gotten over 5000 new fans since our campaign began back on Tuesday! If you haven't done your suggestions or don't know what we're talking about, be sure to check the official Switchfoot boards post!
Mission 2: RatetheFoot!
Another HUGELY important thing we need you all to work on, is to sign up for and fill out Ratethemusic.com's poll. Why this is important is that this is THE researching poll that radio stations across America look to when determining their playlists.
"Mess of Me" is up for the ALTERNATIVE poll. So when you're first signing up, be sure to indicate that the "alternative" format is your favorite musical style (even if you don't really like it. That's the only way we can poll for "Mess of Me"). We need "Mess of Me" to "research" well on the alternative format, and here is where we can make the newly re-christened Footsoldiers' presence felt!
Here's what you need to do:
1. Sign up for an account on Ratethemusic.com. Be sure to indicate that your favorite music style is "Alternative"
2. There will be a list of songs that you flip through and rate on three scales: how familiar you are with the song, how much you like it, and whether or not you're tired of hearing it on the radio. Once you reach "Mess of Me," be sure to say you are familiar with the song, love it, and are not tired of hearing it on the radio!
3. Be sure to fill out the regular poll, and the NEW Switchfoot Special Music Survey!
4. Repeat this every week, as there is a new survey every week!
As soon as you complete this mission, say so below!
Job and Jeanna
Please also go here to see a list of stations already playing "Mess of Me" and phone numbers to call in and request the song with!
HERE are some request links you can do online if you can't reach a phone. Please be SURE to fill out a few of these links every day, especially the ones at or near your area! It is our collective efforts that will ensure the success of this and any future Switchfoot single.
KNXX (Baton Rouge)
WKQX; Text: 99161 (Chicago)
WWCD (Columbus) TEXT "request" and then your song 68683
WGRD (Grand Rapids)
WPLA (Jacksonville, Florida)
WTZR (Johnson City)
KROQ; Alternate Link (Write-in request); text 25767 (Los Angeles)
KYSR (Los Angeles)
WEQX; Alternate Link(Manchester)
WBRU; Survey (New England)
WRRV (New York)
KEDJ (Phoenix) Text: 91039
(At lunch 12N - 1P)
(at 5 PM)
WRXL Alternate Link (Richmond)(Richmond)
KCXX; Alternate Link (Riverside)
XTRA (San Diego)
KBZT (San Diego)
Sirius Alt Nation
KPNT; Alternate Link; Text: 48258 (St. Louis)
WPBZ (West Palm Beach)
KILO (Colorado Springs)
KCLB (Palm Springs, CA)
KIOZ (San Diego)
WLZX (Springfield, MA)
Format: HOT AC
WRXP (New York)
OTHER ONLINE SUPPORT
- 91x (San Diego) Christy Taylor's REALLY BIG Countdown
- WRRV Buzz Cut
- 98.7 (Los Angeles) Badass 8
- TVU Live
- NEW WLUM Milwaukee
- Alternative Addiction: What we need to do is,
- Fill-in vote "Mess of Me" in the box, after voting for one of the artists already in the countdown.
- Request the song here. Scroll down, then simply press the "request" link.
- The Christian Rock 20 Poll. (NO. 1!)
- RadioU's Top Ten Most Wanted. We still have the top spot! Well done! Let's keep it that way!