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    Switchfoot

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    Genre:Christian, Alternative, Rock
    Rank:3022 history »
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    Albums:13
    Songs:125

    Most Popular Songs (more)

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    Dare You To Move lyrics
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    You (Always Something) lyrics
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    Politicians lyrics
    4New Year's Day lyrics
    5Thrive lyrics
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    Sooner Or Later (Soren's Song) lyrics
    7Sing It Out lyrics
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    Ammunition lyrics
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    Monday Comes Around lyrics
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    Oh! Gravity lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

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    The Beautiful Letdown [2003]
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    The Best Yet [2008]
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    Early Years: 1997-2000 [2004]
    4Learning to Breathe [2000]
    5Hello Hurricane [2009]
    6Oh! Gravity. [2006]
    7Legend of Chin [1997]
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    New Way To Be Human [1999]
    9Nothing Is Sound [2005]
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    Vice Verses [2011]

    Biography

    Switchfoot is a Grammy-winning alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. The band was formed in 1996 with the brothers Jon Foreman (lead singer/guitarist) and Tim Foreman (bass). Long-time friend Chad Butler (drums) joined soon after. Eventually the band evolved to what it is today with the addition of members Jerome Fontamillas (key/guitar/electronics - formerly of Mortal and Fold Zandura) and Drew Shirley (guitar - formerly of All Together Separate).

    Although the band started out playing at Christian music festivals, they shun the label of "Christian rock," with singer and guitarist Jon Foreman saying, "For us, it's a faith, not a genre. We've always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us 'Christian rock' tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that's not what we're trying to do. Music has always opened my mind — and that's what we want." They started out on Charlie Peacock's label "re:think" and spent several years appearing at Christian festivals and enjoying Christian radio hits. Most of their early tours were with Christian bands and both of the band's new members were borrowed from Christian bands.

    Switchfoot did not see success outside of the Christian rock scene until they were featured alongside singer Mandy Moore on the A Walk To Remember Soundtrack. The band's first true commercial success came in 2003 with the release of their fourth major label (and first mainstream label) offering, The Beautiful Letdown. The album went on to sell more than 2 million albums and Switchfoot became the most popular rock band to be associated with Christian music.

    They were featured on the British Edition of the Spiderman II soundtrack along with the likes of Taking Back Sunday and Dashboard Confessional to name a few, in 2004 with the song 'Meant To Live'.

    In 2005 Switchfoot released "Nothing Is Sound". The album went gold within 3 months and received much critical acclaim.

    Switchfoot's highly anticipated album, titled "Oh! Gravity." was released on December 26th, 2006.

    On November 10th, 2009, Switchfoot released their first album produced under their own label, lowercase people. "Mess of Me", a single from the album released months before the CD, has enjoy chart-topping radio plays since its release.

    In 2010 Switchfoot released their album, "Hello Hurricane".

    On September 27th, 2011, to much anticipation and excitement, Switchfoot released their newest album, "Vice Verses".

    That stance earned the Switchfoot vocalist/guitarist and his bandmates (brother/bassist Tim Foreman, keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas and drummer Chad Butler) an invitation to attend last December's Nashville summit for DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade for Africa), the charity organization founded by U2's main man Bono to promote AIDS awareness and debt relief for developing nations. "It was incredible," says Foreman, who's worked with Sudanese refugees in the band's hometown of San Diego. "Here's a guy who has all the money, fame and notoriety that anyone could ever want, and he's passionately talking to us about a bunch of poor people in Africa who will never buy his records. Listening to him speak was definitely a life-changing experience."

    When the meeting ended, Foreman walked over and handed the U2 frontman $40. "I told him I owed it to him for sneaking into a U2 show in London a couple of years ago," he says. "He laughed and told me he did the same thing when he was younger. We spoke for a while and then he gave the money back, saying he felt he had already been compensated. To be honest, I was relieved because it was my last $40 and I needed the money to get home."

    As for his involvement with DATA and its cause, Foreman says, "I talk about it quite a bit in interviews and from the stage, but I'm careful not to be annoying about it. We've never really been a political band. Our songs are more about the politics of the heart than they are about foreign politics. I don't think we can solve the outside problems until we solve the ones within."

    On the Columbia/RED Ink debut The Beautiful Letdown, Foreman opens up with self-revelatory songs about hope, love, faith and the desire to be more than what he's been sold. In spacious settings, the singer connects with subtle emotional power, surveying a landscape of mediocrity in "More Than Fine," digging for painful truths in title track "Beautiful Letdown" and stepping on a distortion pedal to scream about the dissonance of the modern age in "Ammunition." On lead single "Meant To Live," inspired by TS Elliot's "The Hollow Men," he strives to survive in a world where love and hate breathe the same air.

    "It's not a dark album, but it talks about dark things that have happened to me," says Foreman. "A lot of the songs are about the hope that's deeper than the wound and how that's something that we can really hold onto. I think that's something that kids are picking up on and taking with them." He pauses and adds, "Don't misunderstand—I have no delusions of grandeur thinking that our songs will single-handedly change the world. But change is possible and I definitely want to be a part of that. We always make it a point to talk to people outside after the shows, and I recently had a kid come up to me and give me a big hug because he was so affected by 'Dare You To Move' (from The Beautiful Letdown). Apparently, he was going through some really rough times and wasn't sure if he wanted to live anymore, but heard the song and was inspired. That's incredible. On days when you're wondering what you're doing playing a show in some small town in the middle of nowhere, you think about moments like that and realize that you're part of a bigger story than your own."

    Musically, Switchfoot draws as much from the Police and James Taylor as from the Beatles and Stevie Wonder to create swirling guitar pop, full of effortlessly arching melodies and textures that shift in continual, sensual motion. "We've never fit in any of the genre boxes," says Foreman. "I think that diversity is our strength."

    Produced by John Fields (Andrew W.K.) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch), Tom Lord-Alge (blink-182, Rolling Stones) and Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, No Doubt), The Beautiful Letdown entered the Billboard Top 200 this past spring at #85. The album, which The Orange County Register described as ",a rousing rock testament of hope, dreams and inspiration," can attribute its early success to lead single "Meant To Live," which hit the Top 40 on the Modern Rock Chart (its companion video, directed by Laurent Briet (Radiohead), subsequently went into rotation on MTV2). Meanwhile, the band has been tearing up venues across the country during a three-month sold-out headlining tour. In addition to selling out four nights in Los Angeles, the quartet shared festival stages with the likes of Jane's Addiction and Audioslave and recently performed on "Last Call with Carson Daly" and the "Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn."

    Foreman credits the album's raw, live edge to the band's DIY attitude. "We didn't want to waste time screwing around in a $1000 a day studio," he laughs. "So we did all the pre-production in my bedroom. When we finally recorded the album, we did the whole thing in two weeks. John (Fields) works fast and so do we. There were no lunch or dinner breaks—we worked straight through and it turned out great. You can ruin things if you spend too much time in the studio."

    The Beautiful Letdown comes three years after Switchfoot's third independently-released and critically acclaimed album Learning To Breathe. In between the two discs, the band won the 2001 ASCAP San Diego Music Award for "Best Pop Album" and "Best Pop Artist," won the 2002 ASCAP San Diego Music Award for "Best Adult Alternative and contributed five songs to the gold-certified soundtrack for the Mandy Moore film A Walk To Remember (including a duet with Foreman and Moore). "We were at the movie premiere," recalls Foreman, "And David Hasselhoff was sitting behind us bawling his eyes out with his daughter. It was a bit surreal."

    Over the course of the past several years, more than 40 Switchfoot songs have been used for several nationally televised shows, including "Dawson's Creek" (five songs), "Regis and Kelly," "Felicity," and many more. "The context in which the songs are used can be pretty funny," says Foreman. "I remember writing a song about spiritual longing and then seeing it played back during a hot tub scene on some show. The songs can wind up very far from the edge of the bed where they were originally written."

    Switchfoot's roots can be traced back to the beaches of San Diego in the mid-'90s, when the Foremans and Butler connected as surfers (Fontamillas joined in September of 2000). Though they competed in national surf championships on weekends and earned product endorsements from equipment companies, the real bond came from a common love of music. They decided to form a band, chose the name Switchfoot (a surfing term), put themselves through months of sweaty garage band workouts, and then hit the road. After just 20 gigs, they signed with re:Think records and released Legend of Chin in 1997. They've averaged 150 shows a year ever since, while selling more than 400,000 copies of their first three albums (Legend of Chin, New Way to Be Human and Learning to Breathe) combined. Shortly after recording The Beautiful Letdown, Switchfoot signed with Columbia. The album has since become the band's fastest-selling record to date.

    "Tim, Chad, Jerome and I have seen pretty much everything over the past six years," says Foreman. "We've been at this ever since Tim graduated from high school. But this all feels like a new chapter. I think this album is where our future begins."




    THE HIGH NOTES:

    2003 San Diego Music Award for "Album of the Year," and "Pop Album of the Year"
    2002 San Diego Music Award for "Best Adult Alternative"
    2001 San Diego Music Awards for "Best Pop Album," and "Best Pop Artist"
    1997 San Diego Music Award for "Best New Artist"
    5 songs included on the Gold certified soundtrack "A Walk to Remember"
    Over 50 songs usages on major TV (WB, FOX , CBS, Columbia, MTV, ABC, and Disney)
    New "Meant To Live" video playing MTV, MTV2, and Fuse
    Gibson Guitars' 2001 Les Paul Horizon Award (awarded to guitarist/lead singer Jon Foreman)

    For more information on Switchfoot, go to their official website: www.switchfoot.com

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