First up, after a short down time for some refurbishing, the new Switchfoot boards have launched! Check ‘em out right HERE.
So let’s break down the new features shall we? We’ve got:
- New, cleaner layout
- New chat
- Enhanced post editor
- Embedding video options
- The ability to “Like” posts
- Mobile boards for iPhone users
Nice! Everything just looks cleaner and more professional. There are still a few bugs (for example, some avatars aren’t showing up), but just give them some time and it will all be in perfect working order soon! If you don’t have an account on the boards, now is a good time to sign up!
Our friend NeedleGirl sent us the setlist and review from Switchfoot’s show at the DC Marathon on Thursday!
Here is the setlist (not necessarily in order) for Switchfoot’s March 17th show in DC:M2L introStarsThe SoundMoMThe Original (with drum bashing)The War InsideWon’t Back Down coverDareHHRestlessYLIAS (with YLIS incorporated into the bridge)Dark HorsesThis Is Your LifeAfterlifeM2LIt was an absolutely amazing show! I was in the very front row and as usual, the guys put it all out there. Jon announced that this was the first marathon they had ever been to and was probably the closest he would ever get to running in one: “I ate a donut this morning in honor of all the runners!” He made his way through the crowd several times, trying on hats and taking pictures with a fan’s camera. The runners, most of whom were in the back of the crowd behind the fams and were only casually listening to the songs, were really impacted that Jon came all the way out to them. I will always remember the huge smiles on their faces as they high-fived him back. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to say that Switchfoot won over some new fans that day!One of my unfulfilled dreams is to see a Jon aftershow. Even though the loud and crowded atmosphere was against me, I spotted Ryan Nichols after the concert and asked him if he thought Jon would have one. For the record, he is as nice as the Switchfoot guys! He told me probably not, because the guys had a flight back to California in less than 2 hours. “But he might have one if he misses his flight,” Ryan laughed as he went backstage to remind the guys that they had to leave soon. And yet, their tight schedule didn’t stop Jon, Tim, and Chad from coming out after the show and posing for pictures, signing items, and just hanging out with fams and runners alike. All throughout the event, I kept hearing the same comment over and over again: “They are just the nicest guys!” I couldn’t agree more.For me, the highlight of the show was the Vice Verses performances. ”Restless”, “The War Inside”, “Dark Horses”, “Afterlife”, and especially “The Original” really took on a life of their own in the live setting and I was blown away by how incredible they each sounded. I have seen Switchfoot several times before this, but their concerts somehow manage to get better and better with each album. I was definitely left wanting more!
We found one video of Meant to Live from the show – watch it below:
Switchfoot’s upcoming shows in Hawaii and San Diego have been getting some press!
The trait which sets Switchfoot apart from most talented alternative-rock bands is their “clean” and inspirational lyrical style that appeals to both Christian and secular audiences.
Their hit tracks rock as hard and ring as clear as The Goo Goo Dolls’ or Matchbox Twenty‘s, knocking down some negative prejudices about bands who are founded on the gospel of Christianity. Many Switchfoot listeners are not even aware of the band’s proud religious stance.
Though the island does host big acts who preach while they play such as Matisyahu, few Christian alternative-rock performers who are as popular as Switchfoot have appeared that appeal equally to Maui’s secular and religious fans.
The band that started here is back! Switchfoot is in town for a special show at the La Jolla Playhouse tomorrow.
Switchfoot, who hails from San Diego, started out in the Christian rock genre of music. Over the years, they’ve switched to a mainstream audience with hits like “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live.”
You can see the Grammy-winning band Tuesday in La Jolla at the Playhouse. The group is holding a special 90-minute conversation with their fans inside the playhouse, complete with some music. Switchfoot and their record producer, Neal Avron, will discuss with the audience the making of their newest album, Vice Verses. They’re also expected to play some of their hits in an acoustic-style concert.
Kaleo.org spoke with Romey about the upcoming Hawaii shows and Vice Re-Verses:
Fifteen years ago, three young surfers from San Diego formed a rock band called Chin Up that quickly became popular in the Christian rock market. Two brothers, Jon and Tim Foreman, and their friend Chad Butler changed the band name to Switchfoot – and by its third album, “Learning to Breathe,” expanded its audience to the mainstream scene. In 2000, keyboardist and guitarist Jerome Fontamillas joined the band to help shape Switchfoot into the alternative rock band it is today.
“I think the songs that we write are not just Christian,” said Fontamillas during a phone interview. “I feel like our songs are for everyone. They’re songs about life, and faith is a big part of it.” The band’s most successful song, “Dare You To Move,” reached number 17 on the Billboard music charts and received a gold record award in 2005.
Switchfoot’s newest album, “Vice Verses,” is its second album since it broke away from the Columbia record label to make music as an independent band. “It’s influenced our sound in a way that we’re freer to create and expand our creativity,” said Fontamillas. Filled with thought-provoking lyrics about media corruption and the purpose of life and humanity, the album has harsh guitars, psychedelic ambience and even some unexpected semi-rapping by Foreman. “It’s awesome,” Fontamillas laughed.
The album will be followed on May 1 with a remix album “Vice Re Verses,” featuring bands like Mute Math, Owl City and Darren King.
“We have a few friends who said, ‘Hey, we like that song and we want to remix it,’” said Fontamillas. “It’s more electronic, more what you’ll see at a dance club.”
With eight albums since 1996, what keeps the band going? In response, Fontamillas spoke about last year’s Grammys, when Switchfoot received the award for Best Rock Gospel Album. “We were at the studio recording at the time for the album ‘Vice Verses,’ and we took a day off to go into LA,” he said. “It’s awesome that we got a Grammy, but at the end of the night, we were like, ‘I cannot wait to go back into the studio and record music.’”
For Fontamillas, this story defines why Switchfoot works cohesively as a band. “We have a common bond that we love to perform and create music. We’ve been together for so long and we help each other.” Fontamillas was in Hawai‘i last year, and he hopes to go surfing again – a sport that he said helps bring the band members together.
Aside from catching waves, Fontamillas wants to bring his family and meet his friends on the island. He said, “We hope to bring a lot of energy and a ‘San Diego’ way of a rock concert.”
Apparently Fox Sports San Diego has been playing a LOT of the guys lately… I’ve been seeing a lot of complaints (! complaints!) on Twitter about it. This news review from gaslampball.com also mentions it, saying, “They also played a lot of Switchfoot. Like over and over. I guess we have to root Switchfoot now too.” Griping aside, it’s cool to see the guys getting more coverage in the sports world!
If you’re a music lover, you’ll want to check this out. ShineFm is auctioning off a guitar on eBay, autographed by a LOT of christian music artists… including Switchfoot! It’s going for $530.00 right now. Check it out HERE! (Thanks Pam!)
Guitar Signed by 40+ Christian Artists: Third Day, Toby Mac, Switchfoot…
All proceeds go to charity!
Shine FM has been at several concerts over the past year, getting Christian artists to sign this guitar (one of two identical guitars) in order to raise money for Compassion. It’s part of our Bite Back Radiothon – providing mosquito nets for people in Haiti to “bite back” against malaria. This is a Yamaha F350 in beautiful condition with a carrying case and leather Levy’s guitar strap.
Taylor Swift, self-proclaimed Switchfoot fan, wrote a song for the upcoming movie blockbuster “The Hunger Games” (and if you guys haven’t read the books, you really should!) and YahooMusic.com wrote an article comparing the song to “Dare You To Move” – what do you guys think?
It’s a far cry from the lullaby track, “Safe and Sound,” but some are wondering if Taylor Swift went into her second song for “The Hunger Games” soundtrack with her “Eyes Open.”
In a recent article on Popdust.com, Swift’s second single, “Eyes Open,” for the film adaptation of “The Hunger Games,” is said to “essentially” sound like Switchfoot’s tune, “Dare You To Move.”
“It’s in the melody and the guitars beneath them, plus (naturally) the uplifting stuff,” Katherine St Asaph of Popdust writes. She predicts that, “This actually might be representative on Taylor’s album.”
Between 2004 and 2005, it was hard to go anywhere without hearing “Dare You To Move” on the radio or appearing on television and in movies. The most notable appearances include its presence in the teen flick “A Walk To Remember” and on the popular teen drama, “One Tree Hill.” Every once in a while, you can still hear it circulating on various radio stations, especially the Christian rock stations, and it still manages to give you goose bumps every time you listen to it.
“Dare You To Move” – Switchfoot
Although “Eyes Open” sounds similar to “Dare You To Move” in its “melody and the guitars beneath them,” Swift’s delivery also reminds us of our own Canadian pop-punk princess, Avril Lavigne.
The song sounds like it could have appeared on Lavigne’s second album, “Under My Skin,” among tracks like “Nobody’s Home” and “Slipped Away” due to the similarities in vocal phrasing and diction.
“Nobody’s Home” — Avril Lavigne
This could be a great musical direction for Swift to travel in and would push her to crossover into more music markets. Her passion is believable and this song is sure to be a favourite on the upcoming soundtrack that also features Arcade Fire, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert.
After listening to the samples provided in the article, do you hear the resemblances of Swift’s “Eyes Open” in relation to Switchfoot’s “Dare You To Move” and Lavigne’s “Nobody’s Home?” Leave a comment below!
You guys have been doing a GREAT job at promoting “Afterlife”, so let’s keep that going! Head over to Switchbeats.com for promotion news, links and info – then request at 2 different locations tonight!
This just in from Justin, our media intern!:
Remixes are posted HERE! Scroll to the bottom of the page to listen to and download three great remixes of Afterlife. Starting tomorrow, you can vote for your favorite at the links provided! If you made a remix and want it featured on the site, send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put it up!
Discussion Point: It’s time for our Monday Comes Around Song Discussion! This week, we’re going to take a look at… Easier Than Love (Nothing Is Sound)! One of the most popular tracks from Switchfoot’s MAGNIFICENT “Nothing Is Sound” release, “Easier Than Love” takes a bold, unapologetic look at sex, the media and our own lusts. Let’s take a look at Jon’s song story:
Easier Than Love
Another song inspired by irony or paradox or perhaps sheer confusion. How is it that one of the most meaningful, intimate moments in a human’s life is now used to sell beverages or magazines or auto parts? And indeed, sex sells. It’s no wonder that sex is easier than love, because love is extremely difficult, almost impossible at times. I have no fingers to point, my friends, I’m simply stating the obvious and I love screaming this one out. This one was inspired by the Shins- a great band with great production elements. In many ways, Romey really made this one come alive.
Head to the comments to discuss this tune with us! What’s your favorite line? What do you take away from the song? See you there!