Switchfoot is doing a show tomorrow near me so I thought that I would write a post about them. Switchfoot Is a band based out of San Diego California and has been active since 1996. Switchfoot is fronted by Jon Foreman, lead vocalist and guitar. concerning their name, Jon is quoted saying that it was a surfing term. “We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.” This idea of taking a new approach to life has pervaded their music since the very beginning. Switchfoot is a favorite of both Christian and secular fans, due to their refusal to go with the flow. “For us, it’s a faith, not a genre,” says Jon Foreman. “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.” I don’t think Foreman would call his music a ministry, but thats exactly what it is. The band went through a long period where they didn’t do christian based interviews and shows, and even switched their label because the one they were with was only distributing to christian outlets. But switchfoot’s music has been anything but secular. Biblical themes run rampant through their music; songs like “this is your life” ask questions like “are you who you want to be?” The strong implication being that there is something much greater (Christ) out there. Other songs, like “Adding to the Noise” challenge listeners to not become lost in the sea of media, going as far as to suggest that if their own song is adding to the noise, the listener should turn it off. Their most recent album, Vice Verses, focuses on the polarity of life, and the paradox of what living truly means.
Musically, Switchfoot is eight albums in and they are still one of the most diverse music groups in our lifetime. They had a strong indie start with a lot of subtle instrumentation, and moved towards more edgy rock, often having three different guitar riffs at the same time. But they also do justice to the quieter side of music, with soft ballads and slow emotional lyrics. below are a few examples of their songs that I mentioned, and you can always find all of their songs at Spotify.com.