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Nothing is Sound

Nothing is Sound



With songs recorded around the world, this awesome fifth studio album from platinum-selling rockers, Switchfoot, reflects the intensity of touring and the thoughts and feelings of a band away from home for months at a time.

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About "Nothing is Sound"

With songs recorded around the world, this awesome fifth studio album from platinum-selling rockers, Switchfoot, reflects the intensity of touring and the thoughts and feelings of a band away from home for months at a time.
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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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Cool Tunes
4 stars By Samuel, Oct 15 2012
I really enjoyed the cool tunes of Switchfoot's CD, Nothing is Sound. 
My favourite song on the Album is Stars - I love Switchfoot's rocky sound and amazing guitar riffs. I love this Album and its my favourite! I would love to see Switchfoot live, and I can't wait to listen to more of their stuff! 

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Big rock album
5 stars By Adam Carter, Apr 12 2007
A little two years after San Diego's Switchfoot released THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN, the band had relentlessly toured in support of the chart-topping album which garnered no less than 5 singles in the Christian market.

The mainstream market also caught on with the band featuring heavily on movie and sitcom soundtracks, video shows and radio stations across the US, Australia and many other corners of the rock world.

This, however, put Switchfoot in an unenviable position. How could the band release a CD that was better or at least equal to the brilliance that was THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN? How could they top themselves?

Switchfoot did most of the writing for NOTHING IS SOUND while on the road. Night after night, while the support act would be playing onstage, they would be backstage jamming and writing new material. This gave them opportunity to bring these new songs straight into a live environment, testing them on the audience.

For Switchfoot, this method seems to have worked a treat because NOTHING IS SOUND is indeed a stronger release on all fronts (which is a big call I know) and keeps up the band's trend of improving with every album. The album obviously had a bigger budget than was afforded them on THE BEAUTIFUL LETDOWN because sonically speaking it's a very rich sounding record. Everything from the guitars, drums and vocals sound so much bigger this time around.

The first single 'Stars' proves the band still knows how to write a great hook. Melody is such a huge part of this record and songs such as 'Lonely Nation', 'We Are One Tonight', 'Easier Than Love' and 'The Shadow Proves The Sunshine' show why Jon Foreman is fast becoming one of the best modern rock writers around today.

This is very much a big rock album and further establishes Switchfoot as one of the big leagues in the modern rock world. 

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  • Catalogue Code 232340
  • Product Code 094631138300
  • UPC 094631138300
  • Tracks 12
  • Department Music
  • Category Pop Rock
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Sparrow
  • Release Date Aug 2005
  • Sales Rank #28654
  • Dimensions 155 x 160 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.100kg

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