Switchfoot are an alternative rock band from San Diego, California. The band's members are Jon Foreman (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass guitar, backing vocals), Chad Butler (drums, percussion), Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, accordion, pretty much everything else, really ), and Drew Shirley (guitar, backing vocals).
Formed in 1996, the Foreman brothers, sons of a local Baptist preacher, got fellow band-mate Chad Butler together and started recording music. They were then discovered by producer Charlie Peacock
who signed them to his re:think indie label and produced their second and third albums. Their first three albums, The Legend Of Chin
(1997), New Way To Be Human
(1999), and Learning To Breathe
(2000) helped the band gain some indie status, and also snagged them a few Grammy nominations for Christian music.
After re:think was bought by Sparrow Records, Switchfoot signed to Columbia Records
in 2002 and released their breakthrough album, A Beautiful Letdown
in 2003. They gained two radio hits from it, the epic "Meant To Live" and the heartwarming "Dare You To Move" (the latter had previously appeared on Learning To Breathe
, but was remixed and rerecorded for the new album). Their music started massively being used in TV commercials and shows, quickly growing them more recognition.
Their next two albums, Nothing Is Sound
(2005) and Oh! Gravity
(2006) saw some commercial and critical success, but the reaction from longtime fans was mixed. The band slowly grew more and more tired of being pushed around by Executive Meddling
and left Capital in 2008 to start their own independent label known as Lowercase People.
They then recorded 4 albums worth of material. The first, Hello Hurricane
was released in 2009 and was a refreshing return to their old sound. The second, Vice Verses
was released in September of 2011. A remix album titled Vice Re-Verses
was released soon after. Their most recent album, Fading West
, was released in 2014.
They're unique for not being blatantly Christian and being able to appeal to audiences of all kinds. They have some surf rock and punk influences, but many listeners have trouble separating them from other post-grunge bands.
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