Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"Dark Horses" has hit the Top of Alternative! (Mediabase)



BOOM. Billboard's weekly tally coming in tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Switchfoot performs "Dark Horses" on CONAN

Here's the video from last night:

Monday, October 10, 2011

HEY!

Hey folks. Just thought I'd stop by and give you all an update on how the "Vice Verses" campaign is going.

We're off to a wondrous start. The record debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, the first time a Switchfoot record has done that since "Nothing Is Sound" did it in 2005, debuting at No. 3. "Vice Verses" sold 50,000+ units the first week, the most since "Oh! Gravity." shifted 60,000+ in its first week. This is big, folks! Coming off a Grammy win with "Hello Hurricane," the Switchfoot guys are flying high and doing really, really well.

"Dark Horses" is also on pace for great things as well. It's currently No. 14 on Mediabase Alternative, and gaining momentum each day. Expect it to crack the Top 10 in a couple weeks time, with a very distinct possibility of knocking on the door of the Top 5 come mid-November. Be sure to keep requesting it at your local hard rock and alternative stations!

Switchfoot will be playing on Conan on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Be sure to tune in! This is an exciting time for the band!

Peace out! We'll talk on Twitter and Facebook.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: OFFICIAL "Dark Horses" music video.

HERE IT IS. The first, exclusive look.



Alright Footsoldiers! Here's the plan.

By this time on Friday night, here's what we're going for:

- 2000 comments
- 500 ratings*
- 25,000 views*


*Accomplished

What do you think? Completely doable! Do it to it!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Switchfoot performs "Dark Horses" and "The Sound" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Great show last night. Check out videos of Switchfoot's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night below!

Dark Horses



We need your help spreading this video around the web! We want as many people as possible to be aware of Switchfoot's performance last night of "Dark Horses." This will help raise awareness for the new single!

1. First, head over to the video
2. Second, give the video a Thumbs Up rating
3. Third, leave a sweet comment!
4. Fourth, post the video on Facebook and twitter, and share it around.

That's it! Let's get them, foot soldiers!

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The Sound (John M. Perkins)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jerome Fontamillas: What are your #ViceVerses?



Week five of the #ViceVerses Twitter Campaign has begun. Tweet what your #ViceVerses is!

Slightly confused? DETAILS

Friday, September 9, 2011

Chad Butler... The Story



This is just a preview of what's coming in the super deluxe edition of "Vice Verses." If you haven't pre-ordered that, you can get to it here.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Jerome Fontamillas... The Story



GET STOKED!

This is just a preview of what's coming in the super deluxe edition of "Vice Verses." If you haven't pre-ordered that, you can get to it here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tim Foreman: What Is Your #ViceVerses?



Week four of the #ViceVerses Twitter Campaign has begun. Tweet what your #ViceVerses is!

Slightly confused? DETAILS

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Special Mission for Phoenix and Sacramento soldiers!

(And for anyone else who wants to help out)

We got a message from the radio team, and it looks like "Dark Horses" is getting test spins at KEXX 103.9 in Phoenix and KKDO in Sacramento.

Get the song onto the airwaves in Phoenix and Sacramento!

KEXX 103.9
Request Line: 602-260-1039
Text: 60781


KKDO Radio 94.7
Text: Text REQUEST to 31858


You got this one, soldiers!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Drew Shirley: What is your #ViceVerses?



Week three of the #ViceVerses Twitter Campaign has begun. Tweet what your #ViceVerses is!

Slightly confused? DETAILS

Monday, August 22, 2011

Chad Butler: What is your #ViceVerses?



Week two of the #ViceVerses Twitter Campaign has begun. Tweet what your #ViceVerses is!

Slightly confused? DETAILS

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Dark Horses" Billboard Chart News (Week of August 27, 2011)

NOTE: The "Dark Horses" music video is being shot as we speak.

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"Dark Horses" is beginning to make significant inroads on the Billboard Charts.

- This week, it jumps up three spots to reach No. 28 on Alternative Songs/Modern Rock.



- It also hits the Rock Songs chart at No. 50 this week.

- But most significantly, it's No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Bubbling Under songs. What this means is, it is just outside of the Billboard Hot 100 charts, the holy grail of singles charts, which combines radio airplay across the entire nation, sales data from iTunes/Amazon/etc., and streaming activity from online music sources.

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If we can push "Dark Horses" into the Hot 100, it will be the first time that a Switchfoot song made that chart since "Stars" back in 2005. This is HUGE, folks.

So for the rest of this week and next, let's make a push on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+! Post a link to iTunes, Amazon, or wherever else and tell your friends to go get the brand new Switchfoot single. Links below:

iTunes
Amazon

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What are your #ViceVerses?

The new announcement is here! We're holding a contest and Switchfoot will be giving away copies of "Vice Verses" to fans a week early! These cd's will then be used for those lucky winners to host listening parties for the record and to build up buzz before release week!

For more details, check out this video of Jon Foreman explaining what's going on.



Specific instructions:

1. Log on to Twitter
2. Tell us what your Vice Verses Is
3. Hashtag #viceverses


The Top responses will win a copy of Vice Verses before it comes out, and the winners will be encouraged to host a listening with the advance copy of "Vice Verses."

Also, make sure to take footage of your listening party and upload it to Youtube, and you could win the mysterious grand prize! (we don't even know what it is yet).

The contest will run for 5 weeks. Winners will be selected each week.

Here is Jon's #ViceVerses



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Any more questions? Just comment below or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

"Dark Horses" and "Restless" hit Billboard

Both of Switchfoot's lead singles have hit their respective Billboard chats. "Dark Horses" debuts on Alternative Songs at No. 32, while "Restless" is No. 44 on Christian Songs.



Very nice.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Switchfoot Debut New Single “Dark Horses” on Jimmy Kimmel September 19, New Album ‘Vice Verses’ Out September 27

SOURCE

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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’s 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.

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 http://switchfoot.artistarena.com/.Tickets will go on sale to the general public this Friday, August 12th,at http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/c/tourdates. See below for itinerary.

SWITCHFOOT and ANBERLIN have also teamed up with Eventful http://eventful.com 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 http://eventful.com/switchfootandamberlintour. 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 (www.standupforkids.org), 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, theSwitchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley (http://www.switchfoot.com/c/bro-am). 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.

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 www.switchfoot.com.

SWITCHFOOT/ANBERLIN FALL 2011 U.S. TOUR
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)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Dark Horses" debuts on Billboard Alternative at No. 32!

Hey friends.

It's been a fantastic past few weeks thus far for Switchfoot's new single, "Dark Horses." Alternative radio has been giving it a ton of love, and accordingly, it's made it's debut at No. 32 on Billboard's Alternative chart. "Mess of Me," in comparison, made it's debut at No. 40.

This is fantastic.



Be sure to keep requesting it and get the momentum rolling! We have our request list here. Be sure to follow the Twitter feed to get up-to-date info and quick, urgent missions to complete.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pre-order Deluxe Edition of "Vice Verses" on iTunes NOW!


Hey soldiers. The time is getting nearer... it's all coming in clear! "Vice Verses" is now open for pre-orders on iTunes.

This pre-order is really sweet; it will include the bonus track "Fading West," the live "Hello Hurricane" tracks, as well as a demo version of "Dark Horses" available EXCLUSIVELY on iTunes pre-order. The only way to get that one is to pre-order it now.

Once you pre-order, the "Dark Horses" single will download instantly.

Be sure to get your copy and support the single! Let's get it up the charts. This is our first real test, foot soldiers!

DOWNLOAD LINK

Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Dark Horses" cracks top 50 of Mediabase Alternative

"Dark Horses" is now No. 49 on Mediabase's Alternative radio charts. In just a little over a week of availability at radio, the lead single from "Vice Verses" is on it's way up, having been on the "Taking Off" list for almost an entire week now.

The proof:



We're particularly excited about this because the song is showing the fastest growth in the format amongst the other artists listed above. Let's keep this going, soldiers!

Request the song at a local modern rock radio station by referring to our newly updated list now.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Station Adds for "Dark Horses" (Updated July 26, 2011)

Hey folks. "Dark Horses" had a big opening week, garnering SIX station adds on alternative radio. For the uninitiated, an "add" simply means that a radio station has decided to play a single regularly on their playlist.

Needless to say, some stations couldn't wait to get a hold of the new Switchfoot single!

Here are the stations that added the song officially this week; we'll try to keep you updated each week.

- KBZT-FM
- KFMA-FM
- KRXP-FM
- WLUM-FM
- WXDX-FM
- XTRA-FM

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Be sure to start requesting "Dark Horses" at these stations! We've got a request list here, which will be updated each week as more and more stations pick up the single.

Let's get this ball rolling, soldiers!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Switchfoot announces some of the "Vice Verses" Super Deluxe Box Set

The Switchfoot Ustream broadcast JUST ended, and we have some pretty exciting news for you all.

The deluxe edition will come in a box like this one:



It will include a lot of goodies, including individual DVD's featuring each band member's perspectives while making the record, as well as a live DVD/CD of a show from the "Hello Hurricane" tour.

BE excited folks. And we have word from the Switchfoot camp saying that the "Vice Verses" pre-orders go up sometime in early August.


ALSO: Fall tour dates with Anberlin will be announced NEXT Friday.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

"Dark Horses" on Mediabase' "taking off" list

Hey folks, happy weekend! Just thought I'd share this with you all:



For the unfamiliar, this simply means that in the last few days, "Dark Horses" is one of the fastest rising songs on Alternative radio. Keep requesting and following along on Facebook/Twitter. We'll have a request list up for you very soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The "Dark Horses" have arrived



www.switchfoot.com

"Yeah, we are the dark horses..."

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: "Vice Verses" Listening Session video with the band

Hey friends. We are extremely proud and excited to present to you the first official content related to "Vice Verses," exclusively for the Footsoldiers and readers of our sister site, Land of Broken Hearts.

Here is a video of Switchfoot while they listen through their record, "Vice Verses," for the first time with their producer, Neal Avron. It's an intimate look inside what the band was thinking and feeling as they finally brought this record to completion, and is, safe to say, a side of the band we've never seen before.



Hope you guys enjoy it, and, more importantly, share it around to all your friends letting them know that the new Switchfoot record is coming out.

Let's do this!

"I'm ready now, I'm not waiting for the afterlife..."

Request "Restless" on Air1 now!

It's begun.

"Vice Verses" campaigning season is upon us, as the first single has been deployed to Christian Contemporary Hit Radio.

Air1, one of the top stations on the format, began playing "Restless" yesterday. As such, that is our first target. Consider this as a warm-up to "Dark Horses," the big mainstream alternative single that releases officially to radio on Wednesday (more on that in the coming days).

For now, head over here to get some requests in for "Restless."

We've highlighted the lines you'll want to dial into.

General Info & Business: 888.YES.AIR1 (888.937.2471)

Comment Line: 888.956.1300

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Remember, keep these request short and sweet, tell them you love the song and ask them to keep playing it, and hang up.

LIMIT these requests to once every other day, as we don't want to flood the station with requests. That's the best way to guarantee they do NOT play the song.

We're counting on you, Footsoldiers. Do it to it.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Air1 starts playing "Restless" on their radio rotation.

Good day folks. In the first of what will be a pretty busy week for Switchfoot news, we've got word that Air1 has added "Restless" to their playlist.

Here is an excerpt from their new music blog:

After a year of touring for their Grammy winning CD "Hello Hurricane," they went back to the studio & have worked hard on their new CD "Vice Verses." Not coming out until September, they sent their first single our way for your enjoyment!


Check out the source post.

So it begins. "Dark Horses" drops in two days, and officially hits radio in August. Be ready, folks!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

We're awakening the Footsoldiers!

In the four years since I started We're Awakening as a promotional site for Switchfoot's "Awakening" single, I've had the absolute pleasure of blogging about my favorite band and interacting with a ton of awesome people (i.e. you, my lovely readers). Even that word, "reader," seems a little too formal. I consider you all my friends, and as Jon Foreman said, "co-conspirators." What started as a hobby has opened up friendships and opportunities I could've never expected. And four years later, I still consider this a hobby in the best way possible.

The reason for this blog post is just to keep you all aware of the changes that have been going on internally with We're Awakening. As you know, we have been working in close tandem with our partner site Land of Broken Hearts, which was started and run by the ever lovely Jeanna. In the same time period, Red Light Management entrusted us with the running of Footsoldiers, the official street team of Switchfoot.

The Footsoldiers are not a single person or a single identity. The Footsoldiers are all of us. Since day 1 that I've been able to take charge of this entity, we've stressed the importance of involving everyone. No sign-ups, no fees, nothing. We wanted to make Footsoldiers a common banner for anyone and everyone who loves Switchfoot to be empowered to help spreading the word and the love of their music. That was the original vision for Footsoldiers, and what began six years ago has continued strong.

So, at this point, I'm rambling. I sincerely apologize. If you want to get to the nitty gritty, scroll on down to the bottom of the post!

Anyways, as Footsoldiers began to take on a life of its own in many ways, I found that I was double-dutying my time in the Switchfoot world. We're Awakening was still posting daily updates, while Footsoldiers was hard at work getting "The Sound" to the Top 10 of Alternative. All of this while Job, the student, was getting swamped by college work. Clearly, it was time to reassess the time that was being put into this thing.

Therefore, in order to make an already long story a little shorter, I would like to announce today that We're Awakening is now officially the blog of Footsoldiers! Over the past few months, you no doubt would've noticed the less frequent amount of comprehensive updates. We've decided to truncate the news coming through We're Awakening to the bare minimum, and, once "Vice Verses" comes out, focus on promotional efforts and campaigning. We will continue to operate through Facebook and Twitter as well, so be sure to like/follow those accounts to stay up to date.

That way, we allow our partners, LOBH, to keep on doing what they're doing, providing the most comprehensive, detailed, and best Switchfoot experience on the web. Meanwhile, We're Awakening will live on with its original vision: promoting the band to the best of our abilities.

Again, thanks for coming along for the ride. Let's continue to make beautiful music available to the world, together as one.

"We're awakening!"

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Oh, and p.s. Your minds are going to be blown next week and in the coming months. #ViceVerses

"Dark Horses" digital single to release July 26th; more goodies to come!



Amazon.com has the digital single for "Dark Horses" listed. The release date says July 26, but we'll wait for confirmation on that one. Management has said that the single drops on the 20th, but again, we'll wait for confirmation.

As far as the more "goodies to come" part of our title, you'll just have to wait and see. Or, if you can't wait to hear some news, head over to our partner site LOBH to whet your appetite for all things "Vice Verses."

Some huge, HUGE things coming folks. Stay tuned next week for new music and video coming out of the Switchfoot camp.

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As for site news, we've got some updates coming soon. But make sure to keep checking back for all your Footsoldiers-related news, and as always, if you haven't yet, follow us on Twitter. @SFfootsoldiers

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Switchfoot/Anberlin Fall Tour: CONFIRMED

We're hearing it straight from one of the horses' mouths. Stephen Christian, lead singer of Anberlin, has this to say about his band's fall tour plans:



Sound off! What do you think?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Switchfoot nominated for three San Diego Music Awards! (VOTE)

Switchfoot once again is honored by their hometown with three nominations for this year's San Diego Music Awards! This time, they're up for "Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year" for "The Sound," and "Album of the Year" for their "Eastern Hymns for Western Shores" EP.

Here's where the Footsoldiers can make their presence felt!

VOTE here to help them with the "Artist of the Year" award. LET'S GO.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Going to a Switchfoot show this summer? Then you can pre-order "Vice Verses!"

Beginning with the San Diego Fair this past Friday, Switchfoot has begun selling laminated pre-order cards/passes for their upcoming album, "Vice Verses." According to this page on Switchfoot.com, these cards will only be available at shows this summer.

Those who pre-order the album this way will receive e-mail notifications once "Dark Horses" and eventually, the whole album, is available for download.

So be sure to check out the Switchfoot merchandise booths at their shows throughout the summer! We'll have additional pre-order information for you if and when it is made available.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Switchfoot release "Vice Verses" Artwork

This morning, the band started leaking pieces of the artwork for "Vice Verses" on their Facebook page, ultimately culminating in this:


The full album cover. What do you all think of it?

We're stoked to get the new "Vice Verses" campaign going. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Dark Horses" lead single; "Vice Verses" release date!

EDIT: "Vice Verses" release date has been moved to September 27, 2011.

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Thanks @voiceradio for the heads up!

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According to AllAccess, a reputable radio news site, "Dark Horses" is slated to be the lead single off of "Vice Verses," and hits Modern Rock/Alternative radio August 2, 2011.



Also on the site, we have a release date for "Vice Verses!" Switchfoot's eighth studio album will be hitting stores September 20, 2011!

Mark your calendars, Footsoldiers, and be on the look out for more info right here!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Switchfoot debut two more new songs: "The War Inside" and "Afterlife"

Hey folks. Check out the latest "Vice Verses" songs to surface during Switchfoot's Canadian tour.

First, a soundcheck video of a pulsating number called "The War Inside."



Here is "Afterlife," performed at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, May 29th.



What do you all think? For mp3's and lyrics, head over to Land of Broken Hearts.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Switchfoot debut a re-worked "Dark Horses"

Performed on May 23 in Winnipeg, MB.



What do you guys think? Compared to the old version, this one's got a LOT of energy.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Help Switchfoot raise money for Stand-Up For Kids

By following this link.

You will receive a $5 Hurley gift card an mp3 download of Fiction Family's unreleased track, "Fool's Gold (Ashes of Rock and Roll)."

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Switchfoot debut "The Original" LIVE!

May 20, 2011. Debut. "The Original."






05-21-11. Kingston. (better version first)



Friday, May 20, 2011

Full-band debut of new Switchfoot song called "Restless"

debuted two nights ago in Toronto!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Switchfoot single due in July

According to FMQB, we should be expecting the first "Vice Verses" single in July! Be excited.

Proof:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alt Press Feature: In The Studio - Switchfoot

Alt Press Exclusive feature:

EXPECT IT: September via Atlantic

To record their eighth studio album, Vice Verses, Switchfoot spent time at their San Diego studio and at Paramount Recordingin Los Angeles. Neal Avron, who’s worked with acts such as Yellowcard and Anberlin, is producing the album. Avron’s résumé made him a logical choice to guide Switchfoot’s pop-rock—which is something that vocalist/guitarist Jon Foreman says his friends have been telling him for years.

“Sean O’Donnell from Reeve Oliver, who’s now in Yellowcard, [and] Jordan [Pundik] from New Found Glory [have talked up Avron],” he explains. “They’re both just like, ‘You gotta meet him, and you’re going to work with him.’ I’m really glad it worked out for both of our schedules to make a record together, it’s been so much fun. I feel like everyone’s pushed each other in a really good way.”

Indeed, Foreman says that Vice Verses will “surprise people in a lot of ways.” Switchfoot’s ever-prolific nature—they wrote 80 songs alone for 2009’s Hello Hurricane—means that “there’s all these songs and colors that we never actually show to people,” he says. “On this album, we’re actually showing a few of those colors that we’ve never actually shown off before.” For instance, Foreman notes that the verses of the song “Selling The News” are “almost spoken-word,” while “The War Inside” de-emphasizes electric guitar in favor of driving rhythms.

The latter song is a good representation of Vice Verses’ sound. “We set out with this record to make an album that was driven by the bass and drums, the rhythm section,” he says. “A couple of my friends who heard the record said it almost sounds like dub. We all grew up listening to hip-hop records, stuff that has a lot more of the motor coming from the rhythm section rather than the electric guitar. That’s something we wanted to try out [to] see how far we could take that.”

The name of the album comes from a Switchfoot song that should be familiar to fans—Foreman’s been performing it live for years--although the band found it challenging to fit the tune’s “acoustic, singer/songwriter” instrumentation into Vice Verses’ rhythm-heavy vibe. Still, they aren’t shying away from thought-provoking material, especially lyrically. Foreman says some songs address the idea of “selling the news”—e.g., how money or “ad-driven corporations” can influence the stories you hear about or read—while “The War Inside” is “examining the darker stuff within. I’ve tended to come to the conclusion that none of the external wars can be won without first confronting whatever demons you’re fighting inside.”

Vice Versesstarts with “Afterlife” and ends with “Where I Belong.” The two songs form lyrical symmetry that Foreman finds appealing. “For me, [‘Afterlife’ is] speaking about the idea that I want to live my life right now, I’m not waiting for the afterlife,” he says. “The flipside of that coin is the idea that this world isn’t really a place I feel all that comfortable with; there’s a lot of things I still don’t understand. I’m still trying to figure out where I belong in the world. To have ‘Afterlife’ start the record and ‘Where I Belong’ close the record, it feels like it brings it full circle.” alt

Friday, April 22, 2011

Switchfoot [UNCUT] Video

Drew Shirley and Jerome Fontamillas talk about Australia, Grammy awards, and "Vice Verses."

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Chad Butler featured on the Paiste Website

Paiste.com has Chad Butler featured on their front page.



Click here to read the whole feature.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Listen to Jon Foreman play a brand new Switchfoot song: "Restless"

This video comes courtesy of our dear friend Jeanna from over at LOBH.


Whoa. What do you think of the new song?

Monday, April 4, 2011

"Vice Verses" possible release date and track listing?

NOTE: This has been denied by Management. The band is still determining details and finalizing the record.

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According to this site, "Vice Verses" is seeing a July 12, 2011 release. Also, a potential track listing was provided as well:

Afterlife
Blinding Light
Education
Fading West
Selling The News
Restless
The Original
Rise Above It
Against The Voices
Just Press Play
Thrive
The War Inside
Vice Verses
Where I Belong

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We are waiting on management to confirm this.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Roadtrip Nation Leaders: Switchfoot answers questions about "Vice Verses"

amongst other things. It's fairly insightful, so check it out!

Monday, March 28, 2011

#TomorrowsSong Demo by Jon Foreman

The past few days, Jon Foreman has been tweeting about songwriting. And somewhere along the way, he started a 24-hour communal songwriting collaboration with all of his followers. To catch up on the action, be sure to read up on his recent Tweets here.

Tons of people have been writing a tune called "Tomorrows Song" alongside Jon and here is demo of his song:

Latest tracks by jon foreman

To see everyone else's entries, click here.

LYRICS:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Vice Verses" recent news round-up

Greetings friends! Switchfoot has been hard at work completing their eighth studio record, "Vice Verses." The news has been coming in steadily from the guys on Twitter and even from Ping (random much?). Here is a rundown of everything that has been going on since the last update.

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First off, here is a message from Jon Foreman, which was posted on March 18 to the band's Ping account on iTunes.

"finishing up our new record, Vice Verses- working on a song called "The Original" at home in San Diego while our friend Neal Avron mixes a tune called "Afterlife" in LA... getting close! -jon"

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Now, for the Twitter news, which has come in hot and heavy.




I don't know about you, but it just sounds like Switchfoot is in a huge creative swing at the moment, what with all the new songs coming out while the band is mixing. Stoked for what is to come.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Switchfoot Interview with Oz of 91X San Diego



Notable quote: "when you hear "The Original" or "Rise Above It," those are the songs that came out of the Grammys..." - Jon Foreman

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mixing the News

Get it? "Selling the News"/Mixing the News? Ok. Anyways, we've been getting some exciting news from Switchfoot via Twitterland. Check out the recent messages from the band regarding "Vice Verses":






What are you guys most excited to hear, based on titles alone? "Blinding Light" sounds pretty sweet, but it seems "Selling News" is going to be uber funky.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"Blinding Light" the first song from "Vice Verses" to be mixed

Jon Foreman tweeted earlier the following:


It's exciting to know that this record is nearing completion. Perhaps "Blinding Light" is going to be the lead single, since it is being finished first?

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Vice Verses" nearing completion? (When surf meets gospel)

Here's a new interview with Jerome Fontamillas from chanelnewsasia.com:

Currently producing their latest album, "Vice Versa" Fontamillas said that the new work will be more of a sequel to the last album "Hello Hurricane", than a whole new concept.

"We are more focused on the songs this time round," said the father of one.

"Instead of producing 30 – 40 songs like the last time, this time we are producing 20 – 30 songs."

He even lets on that the album slated to be out in June, will contain roughly 11- 12 tracks.

"Currently, we are recording our eleventh track," said Fontamillas.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Special message to Singaporean fans!

Switchfoot coverage on Fox TV San Diego

Check out the San Diego Fox TV feature of Jon Foreman from a couple weekends ago.

Switchfoot TV - [EPISODE 52] - You'll Sleep When You're Dead!

Latin America peeps rejoice!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

EXCLUSIVE Land of Broken Hearts/We're Awakening/Footsoldiers interview with Neal Avron [Transcript]

My friend Jeanna and I got an amazing opportunity to exclusively interview Neal Avron, the current producer working with Switchfoot on "Vice Verses." He had a ton of insight for us, and if you want to listen to our rough audio recording of the interview, head over to LOBH.

For the word-for-word transcript, read on!

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Jeanna: what is the musical direction of this album?

Neal Avron: The musical direction of this album I think is several. I think the main thing is its gonna be much more of a rhythm section and bass record; not as densely packed on the guitar front, and it's much more assertive from the drums, bass, and percussion setting, and it really advanced where these guys have been before as far as all the grooves that are on the record. That's been one of the main driving forces. I think the other is also just the space, and not feeling like every moment has to be filled with something so there's these really great breaths in the music. And the other thing is there's this incredible variety of different sonic signatures that the guys were totally willing to go for. So each song really has its own voice on the record, not just from a lyrical standpoint.

Job: How far along is the recording process? Are the guys getting ready to do mixing?

NA: We are very far along, conceptually. Next week will be pretty much the last week of recording. There might be a few things to tidy up before that but we should be mixing shortly after that.

Jeanna: What has been the most difficult thing about the album process so far?

NA: Well it's been a very smooth record. I think the most difficult thing though would be choosing which songs work for this record. Jon is a super prolific songwriter, and I think he wrote 50-60 songs prior to the beginning of the idea of making this record, which were whittled down to 20 or so that got sent to me, which we whittled down to a core group for the record, which we then even whittled down further. And Jon even wrote a couple new songs; I believe there were three more written during the making of the record that were not only great songs, but important to the record, and they fit really well into the record. I think going in, it was very important for us to find a core group of songs that really represented a similar… I don't want to say feeling but… they all felt like they belonged. It doesn't matter that one was fast, one was slow, one was singing soft or singing loud or whatever, they still feel like they had the same matter that kind of joins them together. Choosing which songs were the right ones was the hardest job.

Jeanna: Along those lines, what are the guys trying to say with this album? What are the themes and what are they trying to convey?

NA: I think based on what we talked about early on, I think they want to come off in a positive light. I think there are some songs that can definitely be taken in any way, but I think ultimately they're looking for a positive message or finding a way to move forward on something. I think ultimately that's where it's at. There's not a lot of negativity just coming through in the lyrics; I think it's just finding a good place in your life or finding a way to get to that good place in your life.

Job: You're coming off two straight No. 1 Billboard albums with Sara Bareilles and Distrubed. Has that changed your philosophy in the studio any or has it just given you a confirmation as to your skills as a producer?

NA: First of all, I didn't produce the Disturbed record, I mixed that record. But I think that it's always great to get that kind of validation. And I think more importantly for me is to find a way to take whatever artist I'm working with, whether that's Linkin Park, Sara Bareilles, or Switchfoot, any of those bands, and get to the core of what they're trying to say both lyrically and sonically, and help them achieve and express that, whether that's producing or mixing or both. And that just comes from a lot of discussions about how we want to achieve what kind of sonics or what kind of density or production we want to achieve, and then we go after achieving it. Sometimes we nail it on the head right away, sometimes it's a matter of finding our way through the song and letting our guts decide where to go ultimately. But I think that having a No. 1 doesn't really change or validate what I'm doing. I think more than that is bands the I've been able to work on multiple record with. I mean Fall Out Boy I've done three records with, Linkin Park I've done a couple records with now; I continue to have bands that want to come back, and that's the biggest validation for me.

Jeanna: What's your favorite song on the album and why?

NA: Wow! That is really hard. It changes daily for me. Part of that is because the way we cut this record, we decided to group the songs into small bunches. Sometimes you'll do a record where you'll cut the drum tracks for all the songs, then you'll do the bass tracks, then you'll do the guitar tracks. So you're constantly having to rope in 12-14 songs of material and keep track of everything that's going on with each one.

What we've done with this record is we've said, "ok, let's pick three or four songs. Let's record those songs and get them sounding like we want them to sound. Then we're going to put them away, put them on the shelf, start with another three or four, so we can give the song a lot of attention, spend a lot of time with it, get it to a place where we feels it's good, and really just be able to take each song as far as it can go." Then we move on; and when we come back to it, we'll come back and see "oh yeah we put too much of this, we need a little more of that," and I think it's really helped us with the album.

As far as a favorite song, there's a song called "Afterlife" which I think is amazing. Just a beautiful song, it's got a really great mood to it, and I think it takes a nice step up for Switchfoot.

Job: Are there any specific instruments, certain guitars or pedals that the band has gone back to a lot on this record, or has it been more of a wide open experimental plane where you're just using all sorts of instruments?

NA: That's a good question. It's definitely been a wide open plane. This band has their own studio which really is a great luxury so they can really find time to explore a lot of different avenues, sonically. They have a ton of different amplifiers and guitars, they have a bunch of mics, and I brought some mics, and we've really been able to just try anything we want. We've been using multiple guitar amps at the same time, combining them sometimes, separating them into stereo, having a lot of small old amps. With guitars, a large portion of the sound that they drive is from a small combo of amps, and not large Marshall stacks or 4x12's, which has really given the record a big personality that isn't as much on other records, especially rock records. And I'd say drum-wise, again, we've really explored a lot of different avenues, not only in ways for Chad to play his parts and the grooves that he plays, but sonically.

So I can't say there's one core group of things that we've done. Every song since the beginning has had its own voice and a lot of that is based on taking chances sonically and giving it a completely different set signature.

Jeanna: What's it like working with Switchfoot, the pros and the cons?

NA: Well once again, I don't have a lot of bad to say - pretty much nothing. These guys are super sweet guys; they walk in every morning with a smile on their faces, high-fiving each other because they know they're making music and it's the greatest thing ever. They're doing exactly what they love to do, and really there's nothing bad that seems to come with them. I think the good things though is they are so willing to go for and try anything; they're open to any new idea despite the fact they've made a bunch of records and there's no one way for them to do things. And the other thing is they're great musicians, so when I ask for them to try a different part or a different sound, it's just a matter of minutes to kind of bring it up and try it. It's just great to have that kind of versatility and have the guys be such great musicians.

Job: But is there one member that is really stubborn about pursuing a song or an idea?

NA: Well, I mean Jon is the main songwriter. He's the driving force in that regard. Tim and he have this incredible simpatico as brothers. It's actually kind of amusing. There will be several times where Jon is done singing, and Tim will say something, and two seconds later Jon will say an exact thing. Or a guitar part is about to happen, and the two of them will literally spit out the same sentence when they're talking to each other. They kind of have this "brother" thing. And each person brings his own thing. Drew's got his own thing where he'll be in the back of the room playing his guitar as we're doing a vocal, and as soon as we're done doing the vocal, he'll come to me and say, "what do you think? Here's a guitar idea I had." And we'll listen to it and go, "that's great!" And he'll just jump in there and put some guitar down on it and everything kind of feeds off each other. That's kind of the way the whole thing has been.

And when it's time to do bass, Tim plugs in… when [people] start hearing the bass lines on this album, it will open people's eyes. And people who are bass players are going to be smiling from ear-to-ear because it's pretty amazing.


Job: What are you or the guys most excited about when the record comes out?

NA: I think for me, the thing I'm most excited about at this point is that this is a real, honest, true, front-to-back album. It's not a concept record, but it's a [record] chock full of great songs from top to bottom. It's not going to be one of those albums where you're going to find two songs that you like, and the rest you're not going to want to be part of. It's really going to be an album listener, and I think there's going to be days where you go, "wow, I really want to listen to these five songs." And another day where you go, "I want to listen to these other five songs; they make me feel a certain way." There's going to be days where you're going to need to listen to the whole thing top to bottom. I think there's going to be plenty of songs that will feel like singles, but ultimately, it's just a great core group of songs that I think fans and other people are going to want to listen to top to bottom.

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There you have it. What do you all think?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Jon Foreman to feature on Sleeping at Last EP

...which releases today!

Here's the Tweet from Sleeping At Last:



In subsequent posts, the band revealed that Jon Foreman's vocals are found on the song "Birthright."

You can purchase the EP here.

To just listen, click here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jon Foreman sings the National Anthem at the SDSU game

Here's a tweet:

- SDSU is going nuts-! heres a shot an hour and a half from gametime, San Diego pride! http://yfrog.com/h7nofdqj



and:

@troyarden: Mr. Foreman of @switchfoot singing the national anthem! Go Aztecs!! This place is about to erupt :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

"The Beautiful Letdown" turns 8 today!

Happy birthday to the record that changed it all... what's your favorite song?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Dark Horses" being re-worked; new interview with Drew Shirley

According to the latest tweet from Jon Foreman, Switchfoot is working on a new version of the song "Dark Horses."


Could this possibly be "Rise Above It?"
To hear the live performance of "Dark Horses" from the last tour, check out this video.



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Also, check out Drew Shirley's new interview with KSSI 102.7 Rock in which he talks about the Grammy win, "Hello Hurricane," a possible new single from "Vice Verses"in the next month or two, and other topics.

LISTEN HERE.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

"Needle and Haystack Life" on Hawaii Five-Oh!

Word is "Needle and Haystack Life" opened Hawaii Five-Oh the other night. Check it out here.

Switchfoot coming to Sydney, AUS on April 21st!

New Email:

Presale begins tomorrow at 9am AEST for our show @ Big Top - Luna Park in Sydney, Australia on April 21st ! Other supporting bands include New Empire and The Former Love Pirate. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, February 28. Grab your tickets early, before this show sells out!

Link for tickets: http://tickets.redanttouring.com/default.aspx?Event=19873
Password: HELLO

This is the sound!

Jon, Tim, Chad, Drew, Jerome

Friday, February 18, 2011

"Vice Verses" track listing posted!

From Twitter:

The War Inside
Afterlife
The Blinding Light
Education
Fading West
Selling the News
Restless
The Original
Rise Above It
Against the Voices
Thrive
Vice Verses

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Exclusive Info on the new album called "Vice Verses"

Just got off the phone with Bruce Flohr of Red Light Management. Here are some notes from our conversation... (don't worry, we have permission to share):

This will be Switchfoot's biggest, most exciting period yet.

It'll be a bigger sonic record than ever.

Here's whats going on in the studio:

- The band is currently in the studio recording "Vice Verses."
- They are working with Neal Avron and Mike Elizondo, who is serving in a more overall role because he currently holds an official job at Warner now. Avron is working with the band day by day.
- "Vice Verses" is going to be similar to U2's "Achtung Baby" in that it will represent a radical shift in sound from the previous record.
- This will sound like "Switchfoot on steroids," according to Bruce Flohr.
- There will be much more from the bass and drums, with guitars providing "bite." Jon's vocals will have even more urgency than before.
- "Dark Horses" was thought to be the first single; now it might not even make the record. In fact, a lot of songs might not be making it.
- There will be a little bit of funk in the record.
- Currently, 9 songs are done; The band will record until February in San Diego, then they'll head up to Los Angeles, mix the record, and maybe write one or two more songs.
- No double record this time; they are crafting each song individually and working on the sound of the record; drums change on each song, guitar tones change on each song. Because they are so focused on the details, there is no way they can put together a double record by summer time.
- Flohr said this record will cause listeners to say, "DAMN that's Switchfoot?"
- "Hello Hurricane: hinted at Switchfoot's new sound; THIS will be the new sound.
- Release time is tentatively some time in June.
- There will be a music video for the lead single; some documentation on the studio will come out as well.

TOURING:

- canada in may
- japan and australia in april
- touring in june, july, august
- october with a special guest band.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Switchfoot nominated for two 2011 Dove Awards

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The awards and accolades continue to pour in for Switchfoot. Just a few days after taking home their first Grammy Award, the band have been nominated for two Dove Awards for Rock Recorded Song of the Year (The Sound) and Recorded Music Packaging (Hello Hurricane deluxe edition).

Congrats to the boys, and to Andy Barron, the mastermind b ehind the packaging.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Press Release: Switchfoot Receives First Grammy Award! Band in Studio Working On Follow-Up To ‘Hello Hurricane’

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SWITCHFOOT RECEIVES FIRST GRAMMY® AWARD! Band Is In The Studio Working On Follow-Up to GRAMMY-Winning Album Hello Hurricane Plans For June 18, 2011 Bro-Am Charity Event And International Tour Announced

Multi-Platinum rock band Switchfoot received its first GRAMMY award last night, with Hello Tomorrow, its seventh studio album, winning in the Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. Released November 10, 2009 on Atlantic and Credential Records, Hello Hurricane entered The Billboard 200 at No. 13. The band launched the record with an extensive tour and performances on all the major late night network talk shows. “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues),” one of the album’s singles, was a Top 10 hit at Modern Rock radio.

Paste Magazine declared: “Hello Hurricane will rock you like a…well, you know…” while Alternative Press called the record “a hope-giving affirmation of resurgence from a band who might have been down but were never out.” Rolling Stone noted, “The group added some heft to its super catchy alternative rock” and Relevant Magazine deemed it “one of the best albums of Switchfoot’s career.”

Switchfoot is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to Hello Hurricane, which will be released later this year. The group is renowned for its live concerts, performing at sold-out arenas worldwide. They’ll offer fans a preview of material from their upcoming album on an international tour of Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines this April and May, as well as on a 10-city major market Canadian tour. Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman will also open up the San Diego State Aztecs vs. BYU Cougars basketball game with the national anthem on Feb. 26. For upcoming tour dates, a behind-the-scenes clip of the band in the studio working on the new album and more, go to www.switchfoot.com.

The San Diego-based band also announces its 7th Annual Bro-Am charity event to be held on June 18, 2011 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. A surfing event, concert and auction hosted by Switchfoot, the 2010 Bro-Am brought out over 7,500 people and featured surfing champions Tom Curren, Rob Machado and Timmy Curran, among others. It raised over $130,000 to benefit Stand Up for Kids (www.standupforkids.org), a national nonprofit volunteer outreach organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk, homeless and street kids. This year’s featured guest surfers and bands will be announced shortly.

Switchfoot’s many career highlights, including 2001′s A Beautiful Letdown going double-Platinum and sparking two Gold-certified singles, “Dare You To Move” and “Meant To Live,” are matched by the band’s myriad of philanthropic efforts: In addition to hosting the annual Bro-Am, they have worked with Habitat For Humanity, The ONE Campaign, Invisible Children. Switchfoot has also teamed up with Causecast and Music for Relief, offering “Red Eyes” from Hello Hurricane as a free download in support of the relief efforts in Haiti.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Switchfoot wins their first Grammy Award!

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CONGRATULATIONS to Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome, and Drew. You worked hard, and you finally got what you deserved!





Here's a video of the band receiving their award for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album of the year.



And, how about some Red Carpet action? Fast forward to about halfway through the video.



Here's to an amazing 2011!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

BREAKING: Vice Verses Studio Update #1 (VIDEO)

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Switchfoot have uploaded the first Studio Update video for "Vice Verses." You can watch it on YouTube:



^Be sure to head over, give it a thumbs up and share it around to your friends.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grammy Season

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Switchfoot is auctioning off a signed GF Epiphone Hummingbird Guitar for the GRAMMY's charity event. Check it out; it's for a good cause.



Bid Here.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Jon Foreman is "Restless"

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On February 3rd, Switchfoot tweeted a new song title: "Restless." Check it out:



For more "Vice Verses" news and all other informational tid-bits, head over to our New Album page to get your fix!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"Selling the News"; Drew making "Vice Verses"

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Switchfoot news has been slow lately, but we have gotten a couple of update tweets from the guys in the last few days.

On Sunday night, January 31, Switchfoot tweeted the following:

- Tim is laying down sweet bass. The song is called "selling the news"

If you recall, that song was one of the candidates for "Hello Hurricane." It'll be interesting to hear how that one turns out.

And today, the band posted a video via Twitter. Check it out:

- Drew in the studio making The Vice Verses - More videos to come... -jon http://yfrog.us/1aplwz



- Jerome aka: "the fountain of sound" working on the vice verses...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Progress.

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Jon Foreman just tweeted that Switchfoot is making progress with "Vice Verses."

^6 songs in. Depending on whether or not this is going to be a double album, the band could be halfway done with the record.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Switchfoot at the Denver Big Air event

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(Photo Britt Chester)

Switchfoot took their sunny rock and roll to the snowy slopes of Denver to play at the Big Air ski event. Here's a disparagingly biased blog about the band's performance.

Last night, under the orange sky that blanketed the city, Switchfoot squeezed a quick set in at the Big Air event in Civic Center Park. No opener. No warm-up. Just four guys coming out from San Diego to entertain a frozen mass of skiers, snowboarders and industry big-wigs in town for the week's snow festivities. Nothing says gnarly like some good ol' contemporary butt-rock.


If you feel like reading the rest, click here.

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Now, for some videos.

Mess of Me and a part of Sabotage



Another clip with close-up footage. Begins around 3:50.



Stars (Clip)
Mess of Me (Clip)
Meant to Live (Clip)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jon Foreman performs for San Dieguito Academy

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From 760kfmb:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CBS 8) - In Encinitas, San Dieguito Academy's associated student body put on a special fundraiser in honor of a little boy who lost his life to cancer.

Saturday's benefit concert featured several local bands, including a performance by Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman, A San Dieguito Academy grad.

Proceeds will benefit Connor's Cause for Children, a local organization that raises money for families with children with life-threatening diseases or injuries.

It is named after four-year old Connor Champ, who died of brain cancer in 1994.




For a news article on the cause, click here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Twitter Round-up: Switchfoot is tracking "Vice Verses"; new 2011 Canadian tour dates!

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Switchfoot has once more taken to Twitter to update us on the making of "Vice Verses." Photographer Andy Barron posted this picture, saying

- here are the backs of @switchfoot heads looking at a computer. they're making new jams. for real.

here are the backs of @switchfoot heads looking at a computer... on Twitpic

Switchfoot then posted this picture of Jon Foreman tracking a song.

- this is literally happening right now. vice verses is being made.

this is literally happening right now. vice verses is being m... on Twitpic

Discuss: What do you think of the new record? Are you excited, and what direction do you think the band should take?

In my opinion, I think it's time for them to make the record of their lives! Double album? Bring it on. The band should take risks and kick some serious behind. They are fully capable!

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The band also made public the slew of Canadian tour dates they have coming up in April. Check it out on Switchfoot.com.

^Hopefully the band pulls out some new tunes for you Canadian folks!

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And in case you missed it in yesterday's quick post, Switchfoot's Japanese adventures have been documented in a new SwitchfootTV/Podcast episode. It was uploaded on a random person's YouTube channel yesterday, but got removed. It is now live on the band's official account.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

SwitchfootTV Episode No. 51 is now live!

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EDIT (January 19, 2011 12:45 PM PST):

The official Switchfoot channel has uploaded it as Episode 51.



EDIT: Looks like it got removed. We'll try to get it up for those who missed it.

fugitivestrat from the official Switchfoot message boards found this on YouTube. It's labeled as Switchfoot TV Episode No. 48 and features footage from Japan. It looks legit, but where has it been all this time?

And last time we checked, Episode 48 was the Extreme Racquetball episode. Hm. Anyways, enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Press Release: Switchfoot coming to Canada

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From Every Eye Media.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

Spring 2011 SWITCHFOOT will embark on a voyage across Canada visiting; Toronto, Sudbury, London, Barrie, Kingston, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Calgary. Armed with the latest tracks the band has been meticulously recording in the studio this week (Jan 14, 2011) and a stage production that will appeal to all age groups guaranteeing to move and captivate the soul, Switchfoot is preparing for their most exciting Canadian tour to date. From the driving rhythms of "Mess of Me" to the passionate heart cries of "Yet," Switchfoot’s live show will include tracks from their upcoming album Vice Verses the world outside Switchfoot Studios hasn't heard and will keep concert goers on the edge of their seats or on their feet all night!

Friday, January 14, 2011

We Are One Tonight (BCS National Championship 2011 Tostitos Bowl) Better Quality Clip

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We've got our hands on a solid recording of the BCS National Championship game from last Monday, and here is the "We Are One Tonight" clip, at higher quality! Enjoy!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Switchfoot Email: Vice Verses. 2011 Canada Tour Dates Announced. Merch Sale. (January 13, 2011)

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It's new album season! Switchfoot has sent out yet another email updating us about "Vice Verses," and, well, I'll let you read it for yourself:

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Vice Verses

We are currently locked away in our studio recording our next album, Vice Verses which will come out later this year. Stay tuned for a video update from our studio coming next week!

Link - http://www.youtube.com/switchfoot

2011 Canada Tour Dates Announced

We are excited to announce the first set of Canadian tour dates for 2011! Throughout this tour we'll be playing some of the new songs off of Vice Verses. For all of our Friends of the Foot, check your inbox for the presale code that will give you the chance to pick up tickets now before they go on sale to the public on Saturday, January 15 at 9am EST. More tour dates will be announced soon. Head over to our website for more information on these shows, and other upcoming dates.

Tour Dates: http://www.switchfoot.com/switchfoot/c/tourdates

5/16/11 Toronto ONT Queen Elizabeth Theatre
5/17/11 Sudbury ONT Radisson Hotel Ballroom
5/18/11 London ONT Centennial Hall / London CC
5/20/11 Barrie ONT Georgian College
5/21/11 Kingston ONT Kingston Grand
5/22/11 Montreal YC TBD
5/23/11 Winnipeg MB Walker Theatre
5/24/11 Saskatoon SK Odeon Events Centre

Merch Sale

We have a bunch of T shirts on sale at our online store for $9.99. Hit up our online store to check out the different styles and sizes!

This is the Sound!!

-Jon, Tim, Chad, Drew, Jerome

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Be sure to stay tuned in, and we'll keep you posted on anything happening around "Vice Verses!"

Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) to appear on new Fiction Family record

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Fiction Family bassist Tyler Chester tweeted the following:



Benmont Tench is the keyboardist and one of the founding members of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Switchfoot fans are familiar with Petty's work due to the band's performances of "Won't Back Down," a Heartbreakers classic.

Tench has also worked closely with original Fiction Family member Sean Watkins, playing as a sessions musician on Watkins' solo projects as well as the recent Works Progress Administration "supergroup" side project.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"We Are One Tonight" BCS music video footage coming; No Live album; "Red Eyes" for Haiti

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You all have seen the clip of "We Are One Tonight" that was featured in the BCS National Championship Game. Well, some good news is on the way. We have received word that the full clip should be available some time next week! Be on the look out for that.

Also, it's good to note that "We Are One Tonight" continued to do well on the iTunes front, peaking at No. 71 on iTunes Pop and even reaching the Top Songs Overall chart, coming in at No. 200.

SWEET.

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On another note, we've also gotten confirmation that there are currently no plans on releasing a live album of any sort. Switchfoot has dived fully into the recording sessions for "Vice Verses" and are pursuing that summer release they've talked about.

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Also, a year after the Haiti disaster, Jon Foreman is still doing his part to raise awareness and help for the earthquake-stricken country. He has donated "Red Eyes" to the re-launched "Download To Donate for Haiti" initiative.

Basically, a growing database of free music from fairly big-name artists will be made available to those who donate to the organization. For more details, head over to their website or check out the new splash on switchfoot.com

Below is a video of Jon explaining why Haiti still needs to be on our minds.



^This Haiti thing holds a particularly special place in my heart. I am planning to head over there in the spring with some fellow journalism students to document the country and what it looks like a year after the disaster – to tell the unheard stories of people we may never hear from otherwise. If you can, please do your part. Thanks!