Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New song called "Unbroken"; Switchfoot touring the nation with the Goo Goo Dolls; Consistent growth for both singles; other goodies

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The Goo Goo Dolls tour is off and running! So far, we've got a brand new cover that the Switchfoot boys have pulled out of the bag. Here are some videos from Switchfoot's show on Sunday in Detroit.

First, a botched "Meant to Live" intro, which is pretty funny:

^As always though, the guys recovered beautifully.

And "Dare You to Move"


Here's something interesting. This blogger recently posted that he went to a homeless shelter in Oceanside with Jon Foreman, and that a song called "Unbroken" came out of that. Click here to listen and to find lyrics and the story.


This next news piece comes as something of a coincidence for me. It's an article about Karl Denson's record, which also has some pieces mentioning Jon Foreman's contribution to the project. I was JUST listening to this the other day on the way to work, so I was pleasantly surprised when this story emerged. Anyways, enough with the chit chat! Here's the mention:

And arena rock fans will be pleasantly surprised by the appearance of Jon Foreman, the singer, songwriter and guitarist for alternative rock band Switchfoot. Foreman wrote and sings on the provocative “The Drums of War.”

“Jon and I have been friends for a while. We messed around with writing songs together,” Denson said. “He had written ‘The Drums of War' and offered it to me.”

“Drums of War” is a perfect integration of soul and rock with both Foreman and Denson sharing vocals. Thematically it's akin to Bob Dylan's “With God on Our Side,” without the cynicism. Switchfoot is known for bringing their Christianity into the rock arena and that is how Denson interpreted the song.

“To me the song was spiritual. I didn't see it as political,” Denson said. “But as a Christian I was frustrated with the hubris of the (political) right. If you seriously love your brother you can't justify the war. If we spent the money for war on humanitarian efforts in those countries, what would happen?”

Together Denson and Foreman wrote the most infectious song on the CD, “Mighty Rebel.” Its theme is also spiritual but the music is roots reggae. It's about a war in which “love is a gun.”

“I had an idea for the melody, and I had notes from a sermon I had just heard,” Denson said. “Jon was reading some newly found quotes by Martin Luther King and some of his other writings. We put our heads together on that level, with those ideas.”

^insightful stuff.


Here's another video of Jon Foreman and Drew Shirley talking about "The Sound" and Jon's efforts with the Huffington Post.



Some radio update stuff. Looks like we have two potentially monster singles on our hands... both "The Sound" and "Your Love Is a Song" are progressing steadily on Alternative and Hot AC radio, respectively. We're seeing some organic growth, and we want things to keep going.

Head over to Footsoldiers HQ to get involved in online polls and other things! Your help is very important for the success of these singles. We can do this!

1 comment:

Alyson-Louise Belle said...

I have two questions about Jon...
1st (and this is my sister's question, not mine) why do you think he writes love songs such as "Betrayal" if he's married? I think since he's done writing with Sean Watkins, who's not married, that might've had something to do with it. Or, he could be writing for his audience with such songs. But Ella (ellabennet.blogspot.com) doesn't believe me.
2nd": Does he have kids? Wikipedia says he doesn't, but in _Nothing is Sound_ he thanks his wife and "2.3 kids". Also, in some thumbnails while Googling, I saw he had three kids. Maybe someone was getting him mixed up with Chad or something, but I'm not sure.
These are just questions out of my curious-self. :)

P.S. I think it's really cool that Switchfoot is impacting these kind of secular programs. It tells me that someone who wouldn't normally have hope is getting it from Switchfoot's songs. *SIGH* I love Switchfoot...