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SWITCHFOOT

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Artist Bio

Jon Foreman – vocals, guitar

Tim Foreman – bass

Jerome Fontamillas – keyboards, guitar

Drew Shirley – guitar

Chad Butler – drums

“We try to approach every record like its our first and our last, but this one feels extra special,” Tim Foreman says of Where the Light Shines Through, SWITCHFOOT’s tenth album and Vanguard Records debut. “The process of making it was a huge struggle, but it was cathartic, and I think that comes through in the music.”

Indeed, the thematically ambitious, sonically adventurous dozen-song set—which marks the band’s return to the indie world after a lengthy major-label run—makes it clear that, two decades into their remarkable career, the beloved San Diego-bred quintet remains as compelling and uplifting as ever, delivering inspired, infectious songs that resonate with passion, insight and melodic craft.

Such vivid new tunes as “Holy Water,” “Float,” “If the House Burns Down Tonight” and the poignant title track address and illuminate timeless spiritual struggles and philosophical dilemmas, while boasting some of the band’s catchiest hooks and most imaginative arrangements to date. The resulting album is a significant addition to the rich body of work that’s already established SWITCHFOOT as a consistently vital musical force.

‘We’ve learned that the best stories to tell are the ones that are hardest to live, and that was definitely true with this album,” adds Jon Foreman, Tim’s brother, bandmate and songwriting partner. “The stories in this album come from experiences that weren’t really fun at the time, but I don’t think we could have gotten here any other way.”

Produced by SWITCHFOOT in collaboration with John Fields (who helmed the multi-platinum Beautiful Letdown), Where the Light Shines Through reflects the emotional gravity of its turbulent, yet ultimately rewarding, birth cycle.

“We went through a lot, individually and as a band, in making this record,” Tim states. “Not to be melodramatic, but it was a dark season for us, and this record became a source of light in the middle of a dark season. It rose organically out of the ashes of adversity and surprised us all. That’s how we landed on this idea that the wound is where the light shines through; this album is about being surprised by hope.”

“A thing that we talked about a lot with this record was moving forward while looking back,” Jon explains. “How do you arrive at a new place while also taking stock of where you’ve been? That can be very tricky to do, to look back and still feel like you’re arriving somewhere new.”

“We really pushed ourselves, almost to the breaking point, for about a year and a half, which is the longest we’ve ever spent on a record,” Tim asserts. “We wrote and wrote and wrote, not thinking about what was going to be commercially viable or what we thought other people would like. We just kept writing and getting lost in the music, and using the music to help us navigate our way out of this dark place we were in. Then we came up for air at the end, and we found the themes that connect all these songs.”

“The songs on the album were culled from a list of 80 or 90 songs,” Jon notes. “These are kind of the chosen ones, as it were. My favorite songs are the ones that feel like they’ve been given to you, where you don’t necessarily see your own fingerprints on the canvas. I equate songwriting with archaeology; some days you dig up a bottlecap, and other days you dig up a lost city.”

SWITCHFOOT has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the Grammy award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011) and Fading West (2014). The latter album doubled as the soundtrack to the band’s documentary of the same name. Along the way, SWITCHFOOT established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move,” “Stars” and “Mess of Me”.

Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over a million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am Foundation, a long-running annual benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They’ve also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children and To Write Love on Her Arms.

In recent years, various SWITCHFOOT members have taken the opportunity to explore creative pursuits outside of the band. For example, Jon Foreman recently released a series of solo EPs under his own name, and recorded with Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek as Fiction Family.

Where the Light Shines Through comes on the heels of various side projects and other little things that were taking away from the band’s time, for better and for worse,” says Jon Foreman. “We were trying to do a lot of different things, but to me this is a celebration of what we love and what we do best, which is play rock ‘n’ roll with this band.”

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Tour Dates

Mar 20 2020
Miami State Fair
Miami, FL
Jul 19 2020
Atwood Lake Park
Mineral City, OH
Aug 06 2020
Memorial Park
Arcadia, WI
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Aug 15 2020
Coral Sky Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 16 2020
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
Aug 19 2020
Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
Aug 21 2020
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
Aug 22 2020
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Maryland Heights, MO
Aug 25 2020
Sprint Center
Kansas City, MO
Aug 27 2020
American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Milwaukee, WI
Aug 29 2020
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Tinley Park, IL
Sep 01 2020
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
Sep 03 2020
Dos Equis Pavilion
Dallas, TX
Sep 04 2020
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
Sep 11 2020
White River Amphitheatre
Auburn, WA
Sep 12 2020
Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
Sep 15 2020
Spokane Arena
Spokane, WA
Sep 18 2020
Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
Nampa, ID
Sep 19 2020
USANA Amphitheatre
West Valley City, UT
Sep 22 2020
Isleta Amphitheater
Albuquerque, NM
Sep 25 2020
FivePoint Amphitheater
Irvine, CA
Sep 26 2020
AK Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
Sep 29 2020
North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Chula Vista, CA
Oct 02 2020
Toyota Amphitheatre
Wheatland, CA
Oct 03 2020
Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA

News

11/15/2016

Switchfoot Announces The “Still Looking For America 2our” with Relient K

https://youtu.be/X2AnVnJ5IVU Watch the Official Announcement Video Read About Jon Foreman’s Top Relient K Songs on Baeble Music New Album Where The Light Shines Through Out Now via Vanguard Records   San…

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05/25/2016

Switchfoot Premieres New Video For Single “Float” On Vevo

https://youtu.be/X2AnVnJ5IVU Watch the Official Announcement Video Read About Jon Foreman’s Top Relient K Songs on Baeble Music New Album Where The Light Shines Through Out Now via Vanguard Records   San…

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05/16/2016

Switchfoot Announce Fall 2016 “Looking For America Tour”

New York, NY - (May 16, 2016) – Today, multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning band SWITCHFOOT and Grammy-nominated alternative rock band RELIENT K announce their fall co-headline “Looking For America Tour”. Tickets…

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