Switchfoot has made a level of progress that founder brothers Jon and Tim Foreman and their secondary school friend Chad Butler didn’t expect when they started the band in San Diego in 1996. The South California band has sold 5.7 million copies worldwide. They have nine studio albums, including their 2003 double platinum “The Beautiful Letdown” and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning album “Hello Hurricane,” provided listeners with a string of Alternative radio hit singles. The band performed sold-out world tours, raised over $1 million dollars to help kids in their area through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a worldwide fan base who adore Switchfoot’s candidly witty and elevating brand of Alternative rock.
The Switchfoot lineup consists of brothers Jon (vocals/guitar) and Tim Foreman (bass guitar), Chad Butler (drums) with Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) joined in September 2000 and Drew Shirley in 2005. They shared a genuine bond originated from a mutual affection for music. They picked the name Switchfoot, (which is a surfing term) because of the Foreman brothers’ love for surfing, putting themselves through months of practice in their garage, before going for it. After only 20 gigs, Switchfoot collaborated with re: Think Records and produced three albums, “The Legend of Chin” (1997), “New Way To Be Human” (1999), and the gold-ensured “Learning to Breathe” (2000). They then proceeded to sign with Columbia Records, which released their fourth album, “The Beautiful Letdown,” on its Red/Ink backup. This album increased the band’s worth manifold after the album sold more than a million copies. It ultimately sold 2.6 million. The band released two more albums with Sony; “Nothing Is Sound” (2005), which appeared at No. 3 on the Billboard, and “Oh! Gravity” (2006), which moved to top spot on the iTunes Album listings, before they severed contract with the organization.
Switchfoot financed the construction of its own studio where they recorded their seventh album, the hard-hitting “Hello Hurricane,” and its groovy antecedent Vice Verses, both of them released by Atlantic Records. The band’s recent narrative film Fading West was a part of their dream to perform at all their most loved surf destinations like Bali, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The film additionally uncovers footage of Switchfoot at home and in their studio in San Diego. The motion picture is part travelogue, part surf film, and part backstory of the making of “Fading West”.
Along the way, Switchfoot have been ardent in their dedication to support different philanthropic causes, like DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, and To Write Love on Her Arms. The yearly Switchfoot Bro-Am is a surf challenge show in Encinitas CA. Since 2004, the yearly venture has raised over a million dollars to help San Diego youth improvement programs through the Bro-Am Foundation. This year’s edition is booked for July 9th 2016. They plan to help the destitute kids through this venture. Switchfoot is currently preparing for their 10th album. The band is thankful for their success and hopes that their love for music will keep fuelling their success through the upcoming years. We simply can’t wait to see what else this band has to offer!