Dark Horses is still performing well on the radio charts. It’s #23 today on Alternative radio! Keep calling and requesting guys – check out the radio request page right over HERE – thanks for supporting the single guys!
Hey CA fans! Fiction Family is coming your way tomorrow night:
Any LOBHers going? Have a great time and take lots of photos and videos! I wonder if they’ll play anything new?
Switchfoot’s newest CD hasn’t even been released yet and already the songs are making their way into the movies! Daniel wrote in to let us know that “The War Inside” is being used in the trailer for the new movie “In Time”! Check it out below – the music kicks in at 1:20 and the vocals at 1:44 – this is a REALLY awesome feature, especially since it’s such a high-profile movie.
AudioInkRadio.com posted a review on Switchfoot’s lead single, “Dark Horses”:
“Dark Horses” opens with heavy guitars, before quieting down for lead singer Jon Foreman’s soulful crooning: “I’ve made my mistakes / I’ve seen my heart cave in / I got my scars…”
As the chorus bursts into play, the Foreman and the guys chant the galvanizing words, “Hey, you can’t count us out / We’ve been running up against the crowd / Yeah, we are the dark horses / We’re singing…” and the track takes on a sing-along, pop feel, with mounting melodies.
Musically, the track is melodic and catchy, and it’s undoubtedly a rock anthem, with thick, chomping guitars, thumping drums and Foreman’s heartfelt singing. If Switchfoot fans are looking for a well-crafted hit in the vein of “We Were Meant to Live,” they’ve got it with “Dark Horses.”
Read the full post HERE!
Talented musician Zach Williams was recently interviewed by Noisetrade and he had some glowing things to say about Jon (Thanks Rachel!):
NT: Your talents have allowed you the good fortune of playing with folks like Ben Folds, Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), The Civil Wars and Stephen Christian (Anberlin). What does it mean for a relatively new artist to be able to share their audiences and hopefully get to pick their brain a little bit?
Zach: Playing shows with folks is a funny thing. Both musicians will politely chat back stage while both are completely gearing up mentally and emotionally for the task at hand. One night when I was out with Ben Folds I had a couple good buddies road trip down to the show. We snuck through some secret troll door back stage and ended up in the rafters hanging above Ben and the 16 ft piano. By this time I had played 10 shows with him. That night, Ben came alive. He connected with that crowd and found himself jumping up and down on the top of the rented piano screaming his lungs out without the microphone. It was all I needed to hear. Whoever is talking to Foreman, whether it be his wife, his friend, a fan or a stranger asking for directions, they have his complete attention until they are done talking. It’s remarkable. It was such a challenge to me as a human being to watch him be dead tired, sweating head to toe and a fan caught his ear right off the stage and told him his complete life story. Foreman listens. It’s such a beautiful thing to watch. I’ve had the honor of watching The Civil Wars take off. Their humility and meekness is something my own Mother wrote down in her Moleskine.
We’re less than a month away from the release of Vice Verses and we’re seeing more and more reviews coming out! Here’s a review by The Sound Opinion blog – read an excerpt below and the full post HERE:
A pair of songs is a bit darker. “Thrive” declares, “No, I’m not alright. I know that I’m not right,” and focuses more on the basic desire for something better than in confident hope that it’s out there. And then there’s the title track, a downright depressing song that confesses emptiness before asking some difficult global questions: “Where is God in the earthquake? Where is God in the genocide?” It reads like one of those Psalms that finds David complaining more than praising. In reality, these sentiments are real and honest and probably too often missing from Christian music. Fortunately, they’re not left here in isolation, apart from any of those aforementioned glimpses of joy. In fact, although it’s a clever play on words, “Vice Verses” the song is not particularly representative of the mood ofVice Verses the album.
All told, this is a brilliant album, and Switchfoot is further establishing its place as one of modern rock’s best bands. Jon Foreman’s voice is solid, and he continues to surprise me with his startling vocal range. There are tantalizing images throughout the lyrics: a “blood and nicotine sky”, the “dried up doubt in eyes looking for the well that won’t run dry”, and a scene completely painted in two short lines, “Walking along the high tide line, watching the Pacific from the sidelines.” And then there’s Foreman’s unique way of phrasing theological concepts: “But I’m not sentimental / This skin and bones is a rental / And no one makes it out alive”.
So here’s a case where sticking to formula would have been a misstep. It’s clear from their last two albums that Switchfoot continues to grow and stretch. They’re comfortable in their own studio, comfortable enough to take risks (just give one listen to “Selling the News”), and smart enough that those risks pay off abundantly.
No negative reviews so far… good thing! (Thanks for the tip Wesley!)
Drew and Jon have wrapped up their radio tour, but we still have a few photographic moments to share with you! Here’s a set of photos from their show at JILLIAN’S for Rock 93.5:
View the full set HERE!
Here are some shots from their show at 99x in Atlanta, courtesy of Ted and Zach, plus a brief review of the show, also courtesy of Zach!
They started off with Meant To Live. The usual “glad to be here”s were said then they played The Sound. I gotta say, it was incredible. Jon was just mute strumming (like in Oh Gravity) and Drew was playing the actually part with some added bits as well, super cool. Love how they can change the mood of a song.
After that questions were asked. They asked Jon what he likes to do on his down time, of course he said surfing. Then they asked besides that, which Jon replied “I build surf boards.” Surfing came up at least 10 times which was really funny because they were trying not to talk about it. Jon mention VV probably didn’t take long enough to make, it felt really fast to him.
They asked what the song Dark Horses was about, stand up for kids and Jon said to bring back packs for this next tour for the kid s to use. They asked if Tim/Jon ever fight. Drew answered: “They were surfing and they were fighting over waves. Blows were exchanged. That’s actually what Dark Horses is about.” Everyone was laughing.
Found out that Jon doesn’t have his iPhone locked either cause one of the djs was messing with it and got freaked out cause it slid open. Then they played Dark Horses. Better than the sound, so dark and a completely different emotion than the studio version. Everyone was talking about that song after it was over. Next was Vice Verses. Also great, changed up some chords a little bit and Drew noodled, very nice.
DYTM was last then they stayed and took pictures and signed some tiny lithographs. Super nice as always and just a great experience. Dark Horses was definitely the highlight. Talked to Drew and he said he wants to record an acoustic version, told him a LOT of people would be okay with that.
^ We second that! An acoustic recording of Dark Horses would be epic.
More? The official 99x website posted photos and videos – here’s a video of Dark Horses, but click HERE to see more!:
They also posted photos of the show HERE – click that link to view the full set and view my favorites below.
Photos of the M&G were uploaded online as well. View the full set HERE.
DISCUSSION POINT: It’s time for our Monday Comes Around Song Discussion! This week we’re going to discuss… Golden (Nothing is Sound)! Since we named this site after one of the lines in Golden, it seems only fitting that we discuss it this week – as our five year anniversary is happening Thursday! So here’s Jon’s song story for the tune:
We are lonely souls in the land of broken hearts, far from home but this is where the story begins. And yes, you are the protagonist, you are the hero and the villain, the prince and the pauper and the clown all in one. So where do things head from here? Well, that’s your call… I remember Drew laying down his line over top of the verses, this mellow, ethereal roof over top of the song.
What’s your opinion on the song? I know I always wished this song had been around when I was in my early/mid teenage years… does the message mean anything special to you? Are there any lines that you ponder on/question? “So this final verse is a contradiction, and the more we learn, the less we know, we’ve been talking about the feeling we both know inside but couldn’t find the words, I couldn’t write this verse, I’ve seldom been so sure about anything before” have always stood out to me… and even confuse me. Share in the comments below!