New Switchfoot press release – announcing the guys’ upcoming performance on Conan!:
Vice Verses (Credential Recordings/lowercase people and Atlantic Records), the new album from GRAMMY-winning rock band Switchfoot, debuts at No.8 on The Billboard 200. It also debuted at No.5 at iTunes Album chart and No.3 on iTunes Alternative chart. The band will perform “Dark Horses,” their new Top 15 Modern Rock hit, on “Conan” on October 25th. The track was just added by Clear Channel Alternative Premium Choice, WTCL (Denver), WRFF (Philadelphia), KNDD (Seattle), WRXL (Richmond) and 98.7 (Los Angeles).
Switchfoot’s co-headlining tour with Anberlin is currently underway. (See below for itinerary.) After performing for a packed house at New York City’s Best Buy Theatre last week, lead singer/guitarist Jon Foreman took the show outside, performing atop a newspaper stand for thousands of people in Times Square. Along the tour route, local chapters of StandUp for Kids, 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.
“The War Inside,” another track from Vice Verses, can be heard in the trailer for In Time, an upcoming 20th Century Fox film starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried. Switchfoot has contributed an exclusive new song, “Out of Control,” to the just-released Hawaii Five-O soundtrack. The track was heard in this week’s episode of the hit CBS show. You can also check out Switchfoot’s recent performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Hulu.
Switchfoot waged a Game Day takeover of ABC, with Vice Verses tapped as the exclusive music for the Oklahoma vs. Florida State football game. ESPN hosted an exclusive stream of Vice Verses and partnered with the band to give away a trip for two to the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Hurley selected Switchfoot as the exclusive music for the Hurley Pro, held last month in Trestles, CA and the band performed at a recent San Diego Padres game.
Vice Verses, the eighth studio record from the multi-platinum rock band, explores the polarity of what it means to be human. “Between the dialectic of life and death we are pulled tight, stretched out like the strings of my guitar,” Jon Foreman explains in his latest Huffington Post piece, which you can read here. “We are the notes dancing from the strings of time, held firm between life and death. This is the polarity of our existence, pulled tight between despair and hope, belief and doubt. We are strung tight between our birth and the grave. Humanity is dancing on the fretboard in-between. Death will one day cut the string. Until then, we live in the tension.”
It’s an adventurous collection that builds on the harder-edged sound of 2009’s Hello Hurricane and puts the rhythm section upfront, with hip-hop influenced tracks like “Selling the News,” “The Original” and “Blinding Light.”
“[The] gorgeous, swelling ‘Restless’ sounds plucked from U2’s Achtung Baby,” said Alternative Press. “But the real standout is ‘Souvenirs,’ a stunning ballad that, if there’s any justice, will go down as one of the band’s biggest hits to date.” Billboard praised Vice Verses’ “powerful, anthemic rockers” and Relevant Magazine called it Switchfoot’s “most unique” album yet.
Switchfoot – comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – recorded most of Vice Verses in the band’s San Diego, CA home studio, working with producer Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Weezer). 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 took home “Artist of the Year” honors at the San Diego Music Awards earlier this year and remains very connected to their hometown. Each year they host the Switchfoot Bro-Am Presented By Hurley, an annual concert/surf contest/silent auction. The event has raised more than $500,000 to date for San Diego-based children’s charities, including StandUp for Kids.
Mark your calendars for that Conan performance!
Jon and Drew stopped by the internet TV show Revision3 for a performance – here are a few photos, and hopefully we’ll have video soon!:
The Examiner posted a review and some awesome photos of Switchfoot’s sold out show in Bolder, CO:
Just two weeks after releasing their newest album Vice Verses, fans sang along to every song and that fact didn’t go unnoticed. Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar) thanked the crowd for helping to make Vice Verses such an instant success. (The album debuted at No.8 on the Billboard 20, at No.5 at iTunes Album chart and No.3 on iTunes Alternative chart.) Jon, an evangelical Christian, along with his brother Tim (bassist for the group) writes hard hitting meaningful lyrics that appeals to the masses, not just to Christian rock fans. Thus, the influence of Switchfoot’s music has become vast.
View the photo slideshow HERE and an awesome group shot below:
Here’s a new Vice Verses review by BlindedBySound.com with some critique on Selling the News – agree or disagree?
“Selling The News” is a bit too cute by half; Foreman’s rap-ish delivery of the verses is a bit over the top and you wonder if his occasional guest pieces on Huffington Postcaused him to take himself a tinge too seriously. His best lyrics have a thin veil of opacity. He’s not wrong but there’s nothing subtle or revelatory in “Selling The News.” Foreman quickly returns to his lyrical comfort zone on “Thrive,” a beautiful song that echoes the theme of “More Than Fine” from the band’s breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown.
Hey Reverb posted an interview with Jon on the new album and tour!:
When you played Red Rocks in April, you said “Vice Verses” was your “best attempt at a worship record.” Did you go into the studio with that in mind, or did it evolve?
For me, music has always been a spiritual endeavor, some records more than others. I feel like transcendence can happen in a few ways with music. A lot of times it happens in spite of you (laughs) and other times, you happen to be seeking it out. I think “Vice Verses” is probably a combination of both, but ultimately there’s a sense of honesty in this record that’s kind of unabashed — not self-abasing, but not afraid to be critical, either. That honesty is what creates kind of a sentiment where you can actually have a true spirituality.
How are the new songs playing on tour? Do you take the stage feeling like this is really a special time in the evolution of the band?
Yeah, this is a really, really special time for us. To put out our eighth record –- even just to say that, that’s amazing. How many bands actually get a chance to make eight records and still care deeply about each other? That’s something that we’ve always had — Heaven forbid we’d ever lose it. We really like making music together. It’s not animosity that fuels the music. I love the Police, but their years of tension felt like what fueled some of their best records, and finally they imploded. For us it’s a different fire.
The true test of a song is to play it in front of a bunch of other people. I was just debating with our guitar player, Drew (Shirley). He’s always of the opinion, ‘Let’s practice it a few more times before we play it live.’ I’m like, ‘Let’s just practice in front of people. Let’s play it live.’ You can practice all you want, and the only way you know whether you know it or not is to play in front of people. So for me, and for all of us as a band, that risk is no longer terrifying. It’s daunting, but it’s also invigorating as well. It’s been a lot of fun to play these new songs live.
Read the full interview HERE!
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- Switchfoot’s Big Vice – “Diehard fans will most likely enjoy “Vice Verses” for its adventurous and rather ambitious sound, but other listeners would probably focus their attention on tracks like “Dark Horses,” “The Original” and the title track. While the other tracks are moderately enjoyable, casual listeners will likely not pay much attention to them simply because “Vice Verses” as a whole is hardly out of the ordinary.”
- Switchfoot Veterans Comfortable On Stage – “They finished off the show with “The Sound (John M. Perkins Blues),” and the audience yelled the chorus with them at the top of their lungs. Red lights flashed behind the band as they frantically rocked out at the finale of the song, ending the show on an exhilarating note. After years of practice, Switchfoot assuredly is a group of veteran rockers, and they definitely know a thing or two about putting on a good rock show.”
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Speaking of the fall tour, here’s the setlist and notes from their Bowling Green show, courtesy of Josh and Josh!:
Mess of Me (They had this giant transparent screen up the whole song which illuminated them cool when lights shown on them, and it dropped as they went into the last chorus)StarsThe War Inside (Complete with drum bashing which segued right into This is Your Life)This is Your Life (Jon leaned out into the crowd to sing, then sang through his guitar)Restless (He sang the whole song in the crowd, actually about 15 feet from me)Meant to Live (They did the whole intro beforehand like they’ve been doing for a couple of years)Your Love is a Song (Jon pulled out his good old harmonica on this one)Dark Horses (They had the acoustic version to start this one)Where I Belong (Everyone knew and clapped along just like on the studio track)Dare You to Move (Jon started this one acoustic, like always)Encore:AfterlifeThe Sound (They extended the end with the whole half-time feel and Drew soloed)
If you haven’t yet, check out this stellar cover of “Lucky Man” that Jon recently performed on Sirius XM radio:
Discussion Point: I hope you’ve all been enjoying our community Vice Verses song discussion as much as I have! So far we’ve discussed Afterlife, The Original and The War Inside, but now it’s time to dive into Restless (Vice Verses). Let’s start by looking at Tim, Chad, Romey’s commentary on the tune:
Tim: “Restless is one of my favorite songs that Jon’s ever written. I really identify with the imagery in the song that we’re like water looking for the ocean… relentless in our pursuit for purpose and meaning… and trying to figure it out. I think this song is a special song and we’ve been playing it live for a couple months now and it immediately became one of our favorite moments of the night every time we play it.”
Romey: “Restless is a song that’s wide open. It starts out very slow and soft but there’s a great build to it and it just builds and builds to the very end and by the end you’re standing up. It’s a very powerful song, one of the best songs I think that Jon has ever written. One of my favorite songs on this album.”
Chad: “My favorite part about the song Restless is the section after the chorus – the super chorus if you will – it’s just a jubilant, triumphant moment musically. I think it’s really a story, it’s a journey. This song is a word picture and it really takes you somewhere emotional.”
Do you agree with the guys that it’s one of the best songs Jon’s written? What’s your favorite moment of the song? What journey do you experience with “Restless”? Do you have a favorite lyric? What imagery comes to your mind? Share in the comments below!