Hey friends! I just wrapped a conference call with the Switchfoot team on what’s ahead for the guys. I made sure to get answers to YOUR most burning Fading West questions as well as tons of info for what the next year is going to bring. Read on!
1). When will Fading West (the movie and the album) release?
The album will be released first – it’s set for a May or June date. The movie is scheduled to premier at the next Bro-Am in July.
2). Will the guys be touring in 2013?
You bet. They’ll be playing a number of Festivals and then touring to promote Fading West.
3). How will the Fading West tour go? Where will it be?
They’re planning on hitting USA and Canada extensively – September through December. You’ll buy your ticket, watch the movie and THEN the guys will perform a rock show. It’s going to have the feeling of the movie premiering for the first time, every night!
4). Will the movie be shown in theaters?
That’s not the plan right now. This movie is going to give long-time fan a whole new look at the band. The people who aren’t fans or who maybe have that “I’m too cool to listen to THEM” mentality, will get a different perspective as well. Hopefully, it will make them go, “Huh, you know they’re not as bad as I thought.” That being said, the movie will have a lot more impact if it’s delivered straight to the fans FROM the guys, as opposed to releasing it in theaters and people having NO idea who this band is or what this is about. HOWEVER, they are planning on bringing the film to the X-games and surfing contests.
5). What if Switchfoot doesn’t come to *insert state*? How will I be able to see the movie?
The movie will be released immediately after the tour onto DVD (and Blu-ray). You’ll also be able to watch it on Hulu and Netflix – places where you’d go to see any movie, but not necessarily places where you’re used to seeing Switchfoot!
6). Will they release trailers and promos for Fading West?
You bet! We should start to see promos in March.
7). Is the movie done?
The movie is finished filming and is now being edited.
8). Is the album done?
No, they’re recording it now!
9). What’s the movie going to be like?
It’ll be a whole new side of Switchfoot that you haven’t seen before! It’ll be ALL new footage. It’s NOT all concert footage. It’s NOT “Switchfoot live”. It’s a personal look at them writing, traveling and surfing! Of course you’ll see SOME concert stuff – the guys doing what they love on stage, then shredding it in the waves… but the movie is going to show you a whole new side of your favorite band.
10). How long will the movie be?
Around 80 minutes.
11). What’s the album going to be like?
At this point it’s about 15 songs long – which they’ve whittled down from 50! They’re recording differently – they’re taking one song from start to finish. Instead of layering down pieces over time and in between other songs, they’re recording it all the way through and making sure it’s right. There’s also more vocals and harmonies. They want to have lots of big angelic harmonies and BIG vocals and lots of melody… getting those sounds from instruments and their voices, not just more and more guitar. They’re playing the drums in different ways – they’re breaking out musically – so they don’t get bored! HH and VV were set to be two part records… one with the heavy guitar and one with more guitar and electric sounds. But Fading West is neither of those. It’s something completely different. It’s going to be GRAND. Fresh and ambitious.
12). Is it going to be a soundtrack AND an album or just an album with scored songs?
At this point, it will be one album of Switchfoot songs, and they may not put any musical scores on that album – though the guys ARE scoring all of the film with original music. The songs on the album are not being written to fit a movie – though they were inspired by their experiences filming – but they’re not in the studio watching the movie and writing songs to fit certain scenes.
13). Is Fading West the end for Switchfoot?
Absolutely not! Most DEFINITELY not – if anything it’s a new beginning for the guys. Hello Hurricane reinvigorated the guys and reminded them why they love music. Fading West is doing the same thing but in a different way. They’re re-approaching the way they make songs and write records. The guys have gotten a LOT out of making this movie. They know how precious Switchfoot is. Nothing is being taken for granted. Basically, they band is tearing down again to come back better and stronger. The end is NOT coming at ALL.
So there you have it! An exclusive over-view of what’s coming with Fading West and the band in this upcoming year! Are you excited? You definitely should be! It’s going to be GOOD, guys.
P.S. If you have any further questions about Fading West, leave ‘em in the comments below and we’ll get them answered for you!