Good evening, all! Lisa here with a rather late update, sorry about the delay! So let’s get started!
The guys are in ‘Nawlins tonight and Hangout Fest tomorrow, so if you’re attending the shows and would like to send us photos, videos, recaps, etc, you can do so at email@example.com. Thanks!
Switchfoot was in San Antonio, TX yesterday and we have the sweet setlist:
SAN ANTONIO, TX
The War Inside
This Is Your Life
Your Love Is A Song
Meant To Live
Where I Belong
Uptown Magazine is holding a contest to win tickets to see the guys at the Garrick Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN. Here are the details:
We have tickets to give away to see Switchfoot when they play the Garrick Centre on Tues., May 22, with The Rocket Summer
To enter, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your name, address and daytime telephone number. Please use the phrase Switchfoot in the subject line.
Deadline for entries: 2 p.m., Friday, May 18
Source: Uptown Magazine
Good luck to those entering!
Thanks to everyone who sent in questions for Cayte Burdick’s interview with Drew for Inner Ear Media. Cayte was kind enough to send us the interview once it was published. Here it is:
I recently had a chance to chat with Drew Shirley, guitarist for the San Diego rock band Switchfoot. The band is playing this Saturday, May 19th at Radio 92.9 Earthfest in Boston. I got the lowdown from Drew on the band, and an exclusive on his own line of guitar amplifiers.
The current single off the new record, “The Afterlife” is one of my favorites. What inspired you guys to come up with the name “The Afterlife”?
We have a motto with the band that says “life is short, live it well”. It’s the kind of song, you know, we’re thinking about the afterlife, and a lot of people are thinking, “well I’ll do what I want right now”. It’s about not waiting till you die to think about how to valuable life is and how important it is to realize, you know, it’s kind of what the song says – not waiting for the afterlife to basically cherish the people I love and consider how valuable life is.
When it comes to playing live shows, how would you compare the east coast/Boston crowd to other parts of the country, or around the world? Are there any differences?
Yeah, they’re small differences in different places. For the most part, an audience just wants to enjoy the show, loose itself in the music, and to see obviously a good performance. But even more than that, we try to make it a conversation with the audience, where we’ll change songs on the fly, or people will request a certain song and we’ll play it right there in that moment. Sometimes it’s a little scary because you don’t know what’s coming up in the show. Different cities have different vibes, and we’ve always played the east coast a lot. I’d say, as it compares to international, yeah, international is a whole different animal. People are people, but different cultures have different ways of expressing themselves.
It’s obvious everyone in the band is in great shape. This can’t be easy to maintain on tour. How do you guys stay fit while on tour?
[laughs] It’s kind of the same as we stay in shape at home. We’ll hit the gym. Sometimes we’ll play at colleges, and that’s kind of cool because they have a gym there for us. Sometimes it’s just a treadmill at a hotel, or a walk around the city. We stay pretty active. I think for the most part, it’s just more a question of the food you eat than anything. Eating good on tour is tricky. We eat out for like a month straight – restaurant food isn’t the healthiest stuff.
What’s in your headphones while you’re on the bus these days?
I’ve been listening to Delta Spirit. I love the new record from the Black Keys, really into their last two records. I like Jack White, his new album is great. I’ll just put together a mix tape for you with Led Zeppelin, The Police, Depeche Mode. There’s a pretty eclectic taste from the band I’d say too. And I love dance music – Junior Senior, Justice, some of that stuff.
How do you and your families cope with all the touring? Do they ever come out on the road?
They come out sometimes, but it’s very hard because you say goodbye for the time you tour. You miss them while you’re away – you do a lot of Skype, FaceTime. I’ve got kids at home, so it’s doubly hard. It really makes me cherish the times that I am at home.
What do you like to do when you have some time off?
Play with my kids – we had a picnic yesterday. Just normal stuff – taking down a tree and catching gophers. I’ll do dishes and all that because I don’t ever do dishes on the road. You know what I mean? There’s no dishes to do on the road. We live in San Diego, so there’s a lot of stuff to do. There’s plenty of beach, so stuff like that.
This is one for the guitar nerds: you guys have amazing guitar sounds. What are your favorite amps and guitars?
Well, maybe I’ll make an announcement: I’m actually making my own amps now. I’m building and designing my own with a friend Eric here in San Diego. I’ve always loved playing different amps, I’ve played a whole bunch of different kinds, old school tube amps. I’ve not even gotten a name yet. They’re definitely going to be awesome though, I can tell you that right now.
Does the equipment you use on the road differ than what you use in the studio?
I’m sponsored by Elliott guitars. My concept is always old school tube amps so I love old Supros, and Strats, classic stuff. All analog – I don’t like using wireless controllers and digital effects. I really enjoy the old school way of an amp connected to a guitar, and just making the amp sound like they’re going to explode. Something that’s just alive, and expresses the emotion that I like.
The band’s career has been an amazing success story. What do you think has been the key in keeping the same line-up together so consecutively?
I think the same lineup has been awesome. We’re a team, we’re a band, we’re brothers. We have two brothers in the band, but we’re all brothers with each other honestly. We still like hanging out with each other, which is funny to say, it’s kind rare for bands. We’re looking forward to doing events together. We’re doing the Bro-Am coming up, which is a charity event on the beach that we’re sponsoring and promoting a lot right now. It’s something we dreamed up and wanted to do, and decided to do. To help out others and not just ourselves, to do good while doing well. It’s been quite a ride. It’s been really awesome to see all the different kids whose lives are affected and the different stories about the homeless kids here in San Diego who have been helped by this. We’re all just really excited about it. All the info is on our website, switchfoot.com. This is our eighth year doing it.
Aside from Switchfoot, do you see yourself doing anything else down the road? Do you have any aspirations in another field?
Well we’re going to make a documentary. It’s going to be called Fading West. We’re filming it all year long. It’s going to be a surf documentary mixed with behind the scenes footage of the band, as well as a lot of songs written along the way. You’ll see how we write songs, how we work as a band on the road, travel, and hit some exotic surf destinations. Also, the soundtrack will be released as a CD and it will be our next album. So there will be a film accompanying our next album. We’re looking at next summer [for the release].
I’ve got some side projects happening. Like I said, I’m going to be releasing an amp, I’m going to play my own amps, and design a guitar or two with Elliot. Also, I do some producing on the side. I’ve got a few bands lined up that I can’t talk about yet. Just looking forward to keeping busy. Switchfoot keeps so busy, it’s hard to find time to do anything else.
What’s your songwriting process like? Does someone come up with lyrics and then the music? Do some of the songs happen when you’re just jamming?
A lot of times Jon will write all the songs on the acoustic guitar, and then we’ll all put the music to it. A lot of times he’ll have the DNA of the song sketched out on an acoustic, or just a recording on his laptop. And then we’ll all as a band put everything together and make it come alive and come up with parts for different things.
Do you know what the next single is going to be?
I don’t – it’s going to be a mystery single. It’ll be a surprise. [laughs] I don’t know, I honestly don’t. Sometimes we know what’s happening next, but sometimes we don’t. We’re looking forward to just touring the heck out of the country and the world. We’re going to make this documentary and “Dark Horses” has been released, and “The Afterlife” has been released. If I had to pick a single, I would pick a song called “The Original”. But we’ll see what happens with the powers that be.
Its been a while since we’ve seen a Switchfoot music video that really tells a story. Do you guys have any plans to get back into that?
We don’t have a story-type video, except for our documentary that we’re working on. Nothing as of right now to tell you about.
What is the inspiration behind the song “Souvenirs”?
It’s a song about remembering that the valuable things in life are people, not stuff. It’s about valuing the memories we have. You look at a picture, you remember the memory. You have a souvenir there that you can take with you from different places. It’s better than a coffee mug from visiting somewhere.
Last question – this is a big one: Red Sox or Yankees?
[laughs] Red Sox, of course. Or anyone who’s playing the Yankees.
Alright, thanks so much Drew. Looking forward to seeing you guys in Boston on Saturday!
Radio 92.9 EarthFest with Eve 6, Switchfoot, Spin Doctors, and Third Eye Blind. May 19th at 12:00 p.m. Free. DCR Hatch Memorial Shell along the Esplanade, Boston. 617-822-9600. www.earthfest.com. Watch live at 1:15 p.m. EST here.
^What a great interview, thanks again, Cayte!
Source: Inner Ear Media
Here’s another interview, this time with Tim, from the Kane County Chronicle, where he discusses Vice Re-Verses and the tour:
San Diego band Switchfoot saw its eighth studio album, “Vice Verses,” zoom to No. 8 on the Billboard charts when it was released in September.
But the members of Switchfoot care more about making passionate records than how many records they sell. The band will perform Sunday at North Central College, 440 S. Brainard St., Naperville.
The show starts at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $30. Tickets can be purchased by calling 630-637-7469.
The Kane County Chronicle had the chance to talk to Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman, brother of frontman Jon Foreman, about the band’s latest album.
Kane County Chronicle: How has the tour been going?
Tim Foreman: It’s been amazing. It’s our first time through to many of these cities on the new album, and that’s always gratifying to see the new songs connecting with our audience.
And of course, the remix album, “Vice Re-Verses” is out now as well. How did you decide to do that project and how did you decide who you wanted to do the remixes?
We kind of started with people that we knew and respected, friends of mine in various bands, like Adam Young of Owl City. We’ve always loved remixes, and decided to put them out all at once.
Are there any favorites for you on the remix album?
I think they all brought something special. I think that’s what makes it work. It’s a pretty eclectic blend of people on that project.
Of course, “Vice Verses” came out last September, debuting No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart. That doesn’t seem too shabby. Did you guys have any expectations?
We were pleasantly surprised. It’s really tough to be in the studio, trying to make art and to be thinking about chart position.
We tried to distance ourselves from those types of expectations. The pressure that we put on ourselves is much more to do with making an album that we believe in, that we want to play, not only for the next few years, but for the rest of our lives.
As far as chart position, that’s such a crap shoot. We make music that we are passionate about and hope that other people like it.
You have referred to the album as being a cousin to the band’s 2009 album, “Hello Hurricane.” Explain that a little more.
I think “Hello Hurricane” was a really necessary journey for us to kind of rediscover who we were and the type of music we wanted to be making. We really gave us a long leash to just kind of rediscover the things that really excite us about music.
It took two years to make it and we recorded over 80 songs in the process. The resulting album was one that we were really proud of and that really captured the heartbeat of who the band was.
I think that allowed us to go into the making of “Vice Verses” from a place of strength, where we really had a strong sense of identity.
You’re the youngest member of Switchfoot. The band’s first album, “The Legend of Chin,” was released only four days after you graduated from high school. That must have been a pretty mind blowing experience, right?
Yeah, man, it really was. We went straight to Europe, and we got to tour over there right after I graduated.
The album came out on an indie label, and we just basically took every show that we could book. On our first tour of Europe, we actually slept on the streets of London a couple of the nights, and we had our gear tied to our arms and legs so no one would steal it.
And of course Charlie Peacock signed you to his label. He’s a pretty big name. What was it like having somebody like him take an interest in the band?
It was great. We had only been a band about eight months or so, just playing local coffee shops and bars and things like that around where we lived.
We ended up with a demo, a really bad sounding demo actually, that we recorded in the bedroom that Jon and I shared growing up. He heard something in the demo beyond just the poor audio quality that he really liked.
He met with us, and the next thing we knew, we had a record deal, and I was still in high school.
Even at that moment, we didn’t take it too seriously. We took the music very seriously, but we didn’t take ourselves too seriously.
Growing up, a lot of our favorite bands were only fortunate enough to put out an album or two. We just kind of took every chance for what it was, knowing that it might be our first and last record.
So we’re really grateful to be eight records deep now. The whole thing just feels like a big gift.
Source: Kane County Chronicle
We’re going to finish off with some amazing photos, taken by Christian Lee:
Have a great night/day, friends!