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Fading West


Fading West




Grammy-award winning rockers Switchfoot present their most ambitious project yet. The songs on Fading West were inspired by the band's surfing heritage and their amazing journey traveling the world over 17 years and eight albums. "It's been a whole lot of fun to dream it up," frontman Jon Foreman says.

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About "Fading West"

Grammy-award winning rockers Switchfoot present their most ambitious project yet. The songs on Fading West were inspired by the band's surfing heritage and their amazing journey traveling the world over 17 years and eight albums. "It's been a whole lot of fun to dream it up," frontman Jon Foreman says.
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Meet the Artist


Howdy, my name is Jon. I play guitar and sing in a San Diego band called Switchfoot. We started out as a three piece: Tim (my brother) playing the bass, Chad, (my college buddy) playing the drums, and myself writing the tunes. Our first record came out the week after my brother graduated from high school. We called it: The Legend of Chin, naming it after my best friend. Willis. We traveled around that summer and went back to school in the fall. A few years later we put out a record called New Way to be Human and I dropped out of college. We decided to really give music a go and started touring a bit more seriously.

After that, we put out a record called Learning to Breathe. My friend Jerome called and told me he had just quit his day job. Our band had been playing shows with Jerome's old band for years so we joined forces with Jerome and now he plays the keyboards and guitars with us every night. We made a record called The Beautiful Letdown a few years later. Then our friend Drew's band broke up. He plays the guitar in our band now. Then we made a record called Nothing is Sound and decided a five piece was enough to accomplish what we wanted to do live. So we decided not to enlist any more of our friends for help on stage.

And now, a few tips on making your own band's t-shirts in between gigs: hotel hairdryers help the fabric paint dry faster, three ring binders and a razor blade are all you need for a stencil, sponges work best for applying the ink. I think we like doing things ourselves because no one cares about the music more than we do. We've stuffed our own CD cases. We've done the sixteen-hour drives. I feel that we've paid our dues on the road as much as anyone. But still, we never really fit in with the "cooler than thou" hipsters. I suppose it's a matter of course: we've always wanted to make music for everyone, not just for the scene. We've tried our best to live out the idea that it's better to be honest than momentarily cool.

And so this past summer when we set out to record a new record, we tried to put all pressures and expectations aside and focus on the music. We wanted to make a record that was honest. A record that didn't trip on itself. A record that represented everything that we first fell in love with about music. We tried to forget about theory and pitch and timing and focus on feeling. As a result, I think that Oh! Gravity is the most honest thing we've ever done. I am so proud of these tunes and hope that they resonate with you like they do for us.

In closing, I am so grateful for the gifts that I've been given. Near the top of the list would be the camaraderie that we have with each other on the road. Besides the fact that my brother's in the band, it really does feel a family out there on tour. I know it's not the cocky rock-and-roll thing to say, but I am so proud to be making music with these guys every night. I feel so privileged to be able to play these songs with them. I love screaming these songs out with them. And I have a deep respect for everyone who comes every night. We have always tried to break down the wall between the stage and the audience. I feel like I've done my job if we leave the stage while everyone in the club is still singing. Communication has always been the goal. You see, I want to sing a song that will continue long after we're gone.

So thanks for reading. Thanks for singing along. Thanks for making these songs your own.

- Jon Foreman

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Just get better and better
5 stars By Mark, Nov 04 2016
Switchfoot is the kind of band that just keep growing on you and this album has me hooked again. It's smooth and yet edgy and is best played loud. Whilst anyone can sing along to the catchy tunes the real gold is in the depth of the lyrics. If your into Switchfoot this album is a must have.
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Another classic
4 stars By Lachlan, May 31 2014
Switchfoot are one of the most consistent bands in Christian Music. Along with Jars of Clay they just plug away making brilliant Christian music, not seeming to care about making music for Christian radio yet making accessible rock  pop while staying connected to the world. This time they are brilliant as always going for a much more electronic sound but still staying true to their own style. "The world you want" and "When we come alive" should go down in the pantheon of Switchfoot classics. Unlike most Switchfoot albums though I feel the tracks I repeat the most often are packed at the end of the album. It is not the album they will be remembered for, but it is strong, catchy and meaningful. 
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5 stars By Timothy Yap, Jan 20 2014
Donning a West Coast surfers look with their athletic agility that is able to bend their musical language for the average person on the street, members of Switchfoot are some of the most potent evangelists incognito. As for this current effort "Fading West," Switchfoot's modus operandi is a little out of the box too. This time they have packed up their bags, travelled across the globe to various surfing spots and they have allowed the wide open beaches to be their muse. In an effort to capture the vastness of the beaches they have had visited while making this record, the single "Love Alone is Worth the Fight" is an atmospheric dance of nature's sounds and post-grunge rock. In a milieu of individualism, "Love Alone is Worth the Fight" makes an urgent plea for sacrificial and courageous love. Lead singer Jon Foreman is at his best with the searching "Who We Are." Here the voices of children, Chad Butler's rhythmic drumming and the song's melodic piling make this one of the band's strongest sing-alongs in years. Despite banging on the same tried and true carpe diem type of a message. On an album that is mostly upbeat, "The World That You Want" is a much welcomed recess. Switchfoot nary lets a moment get by without grabbing out attention with some of the most poetically searching words: "The world feels so malicious, with all our hits and misses, feels like we're in the business of rust. It's when I stop to listen, all the moments I've been missing, I finally hear a voice I can trust." Those lines by themselves are enough to provide us with food for thought for days to chew upon. 
Perhaps no song has piqued the attention of fans as much as "Ba55." Starting out as a joke but it finally stuck is its unusually titled "Ba55." Nevertheless, the song speaks about the purifying nature of trials over a groovy dance tune that certainly makes it a standout cut on this record. On the whole, don't let the waves, the surf boards, and their bathers fool you. This isn't just a light weighted affair of a record that just taxis for a good time. Rather, beneath the cool exterior, these songs deal with issues so dear to the Gospel and if you listen close enough, this is a record that might even change your life.

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  • Catalogue Code 389087
  • Product Code 075678683824
  • Tracks 11
  • Department Music
  • Category Pop Rock
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Word Label Group
  • Release Date Jan 2014
  • Sales Rank #4546
  • Dimensions 124 x 142 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.088kg
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