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Interview – Switchfoot/Anberlin
11/03/11 at 12:13 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Switchfoot’s Jon Foreman and Anberlin’s Stephen Christian converse about musical inspirations, writing when depressed and not wanting to be placed in a box.

"I think that’s what everyone wants in journalism is a handle. They want to say, “Steve Jobs,” and then four or five words, and then maybe a date of birth and a date of death. There’s his entire life in a one-liner. If you’re Steve Jobs’ wife or daughter, you’re like that does not define him as a man. It’s the same thing as a band."
Tags: switchfoot, anberlin, interview
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Switchfoot: The Volition Of Hope
11/09/09 at 04:32 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Check out the article I wrote about Switchfoot's Hello Hurricane for Campus Circle.
Tags: Switchfoot, Hello Hurricane, Jon Foreman
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Interview – Switchfoot
11/05/09 at 06:53 PM by Jonathan Bautts
Catch my interview with Switchfoot at Mammoth Press. Frontman Jon Foreman discusses the process of crafting the band's latest album Hello Hurricane, including its 80 rough song ideas, what hope means in the modern age and why we can't outsource justice anymore.
Tags: Switchfoot, Hello Hurricane, Jon Foreman, Interview
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Twenty-Four
10/21/09 at 02:35 AM by Jonathan Bautts
Twenty-four oceans
Twenty-four skies
Twenty-four failures
In twenty-four tries
Twenty-four finds me
In twenty-fourth place
With twenty-four dropouts
At the end of the day

Life is not what I thought it was
Twenty-four hours ago
Still I'm singing “Spirit,
Take me up in arms with You”
And I'm not who I thought I was
Twenty-four hours ago
Still I'm singing “Spirit,
Take me up in arms with You”

There's twenty-four reasons
To admit that I'm wrong
With all my excuses
Still twenty-four strong
See, I'm not copping out
Not copping out
Not copping out
When You're raising the dead in me

Oh, oh, I am the second man
Oh, oh, I am the second man now
Oh, I am the second man now
And You're raising these

Twenty-four voices
With twenty-four hearts
All of my symphonies
In twenty-four parts
But I want to be one today
Centered and true
I'm singing “Spirit,
Take me up in arms with You”
You're raising the dead in me

Oh, oh, I am the second man
Oh, oh, I am the second man now
Oh, I am the second man now
And You're raising the dead in me, yeah

I wanna see miracles
To see the world change
Wrestled the angel
For more than a name
For more than a feeling
For more than a cause
I'm singing “Spirit,
Take me up in arms with You”
And You're raising the dead in me

Twenty-four oceans
With twenty-four hearts
All of my symphonies
With twenty-four parts
Life is not what I thought it was
Twenty-four hours ago
Still I'm singing “Spirit
Take me up in arms with You”

I'm not copping out
Not copping out

—Switchfoot (2003)
Tags: Switchfoot, Lyrics, Birthday
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Interview – Switchfoot
03/19/08 at 05:55 PM by Jonathan Bautts
My interview with Switchfoot is now finally up over at MammothPress.com. In it, frontman Jon Foreman opens up about his solo EPs, his approach to songwriting and what's it like to be on the band's own label.
Tags: Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, Interview
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Concert Review – Switchfoot w/ Tyrone Wells, The Myriad @ Biola University
02/28/08 at 08:04 PM by Jonathan Bautts
On Sunday night, over 1,500 people came to Chase Gymnasium to celebrate Biola’s 100th anniversary, and with festivities the founding fathers never would have envisioned a century ago. Yet for today’s generation, Switchfoot — almost assuredly the most successful band to ever play at Biola — was the ideal candidate to host the party.

“We’ve never actually played a birthday party for a school, let alone a 100 year type thing, so we figured, ‘Why not?’” frontman Jon Foreman told The Chimes before the show. “It sounded like a fun thing to do.”

After more than a decade of making music, Switchfoot knew exactly how commemorate the achievement. With a set list nearly identical to the one from last year’s “Appetite For Construction” tour with Relient K, the band delivered 11 of their biggest hits with electric precision.

Whether it was blasting off on openers “Oh! Gravity” and “Stars” or slowing things down with “Only Hope” and “On Fire,” Foreman and company proved they have the rock star performance thing down to a T. This was also evident on songs like “This Is Your Life” and “Awakening,” which showed why their music is a natural fit for that big arena setting — or in this case, a gym.

In the midst of it all, Foreman was quite the center of attention. Whether it was spinning around in circles while smashing on a cymbal or waving a banner across the stage, his enthusiasm was contagious. One of the concert’s obvious highlights, to which many students will also attest, was when Foreman went up into the bleachers during “On Fire.” With the crowd singing along, it was a stirring sight to witness.

To close things out, Switchfoot finished with the mighty one-two punch of “Meant To Live” and “Dare You To Move.” The rousing anthems were the perfect way to cap off the night, and their inspiring messages couldn’t have been more fitting as Biola looks ahead to its next 100 years.

Prior to Switchfoot’s appearance, The Myriad got things off to an impressive start with an all-too brief set. These up-and-comers definitely have great things in store and a live show to back it up. Then up next was singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells. While he couldn’t match the performances of the two bands he was sandwiched in between, he still put on an entertaining set which most of the audience seemed to enjoy.

In the end, though, it was clearly Switchfoot who took the cake. Literally. Since this was a birthday bash after all, three songs into the set Foreman brought out a birthday cake and called up Biola’s President Barry Corey. With the clock ticking down to midnight, the crowd cheered as Corey blew out the candles, and a whirlwind of confetti was unleashed. And then it was back to the music.
Tags: Concert, Review, Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, Tyrone Wells, Myriad, Biola
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