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The evening will include the film premiere at 7:30pm, with acoustic performance by Switchfoot to follow.
Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar) / Tim Foreman (bass) / Chad Butler (drums) / Jerome Fontamillas (keyboard/guitar) / Drew Shirley (guitar)
As they enter their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot has achieved a level of success that brothers Jon and Tim Foreman and their high-school friend Chad Butler never anticipated when forming the band in San Diego in 1996. The SoCal natives have sold 5.5 million copies worldwide of their eight studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009’s Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles (“Meant to Live,” “Dare You To Move,” “Mess of Me,” “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues),” “Dark Horses,” and “Afterlife”), performed sold-out world tours (visiting five continents in the past year alone), raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid homeless kids in their community through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a global fan base devoted to Switchfoot’s emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock.
So when it came time to write the songs that would make up their ninth studio album, the members of Switchfoot were looking for a challenge. “The point became, ‘What are we going to do to push ourselves,’” Jon recalls. “Could we take ourselves somewhere we’d never been before, yet achieve a feeling of comfort at the same time? How do we go to a new place that feels like home?”
Switchfoot found the answers on the road and in the waves. A year ago, while touring in support of their 2011 album Vice Verses, the long-time surfers set out in search of inspiration by visiting several of their favorite surf breaks around the world. “The idea was to surf, write songs, play music, and see what ideas came,” says Tim. The band traveled to Jeffreys Bay and Crayfish Factory in South Africa, Bronte Beach in Australia, Raglan in New Zealand, and Uluwatu in Bali, and chronicled their physical and emotional journey, as well as their unshakeable brotherly bond, in Fading West — a documentary film that features stunning locales, revealing interviews, jubilant live footage, and glimpses of Switchfoot at home and in their studio in San Diego. Like Rattle and Hum meets Endless Summer, the movie is part travelogue, part surf film, and part behind-the-scenes look at the making of the band’s upcoming new album, which will also be entitled Fading West.
Switchfoot is currently gearing up for the August premiere of Fading West at the Summer X-Games. (The band has been very active in the action sports world, having performed at numerous NFL and MLB post-game events, as well as at the US Open of Surfing in 2011.) The album Fading West will be released in September. “We weren’t chasing anything in particular when we started the band,” Jon says in the film. “We simply had these songs that we loved playing. It’s that joy that fueled us and it’s that joy that has kept us going and brought us to here.”
Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, Fading West follows Grammy-winning alternative-rock band Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and filmed during Switchfoot’s 2012 World Tour, Fading West charts the creation of the San Diego-based fivesome’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages. As the band visits legendary surf breaks in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Bali, brothers Jon and Tim Foreman breathe fresh life into their songwriting and sound by harnessing the spirit of their stunning surroundings and mining new emotional depths. Part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue, Fading West offers rare glimpses of the longtime surfers on their boards and in the waves, captures the frenetic energy of their live shows, and in the end portrays a journey both epic and intimate.
Mapped out according to Switchfoot’s favorite surf spots, the tour chronicled in Fading West kicks off in Australia where the band appears alongside the likes of Marilyn Manson and Slipknot on the metal-dominated lineup of the Soundwave festival in Sydney and Melbourne. Switchfoot then travels to New Zealand, where their adventures range from milking cows to jumping off cliffs and hitting the waves with their lifelong surf hero and 3-time World Champion Tom Curren. During their visit to South Africa—along with braving icy waters and board-snapping surf—the band is reunited with the Kayamandi Township children’s choir and dance team who inspired their 2005 song “The Shadow Proves the Sunshine.” And in sublimely serene Bali, Switchfoot joins up with surf legend Rob Machado (a childhood neighbor/idol of the Foremans) in the waves and onstage at a Kuta Beach club.
At the heart of Fading West is the ever-growing conflict between Switchfoot’s roles as world-regarded musicians and passionately devoted family men. That tension comes to a head when—at the very start of the tour—Jon gets word that his newly born daughter needs emergency surgery, and quickly leaves the tour to return to his family. Through heart-on-sleeve interviews and candid conversations among the band members, Fading West reveals Switchfoot’s relentless determination to balance the pull of the road with a deepening need to be home.