Switchfoot’s New Album, Fading West, Available Today

Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot will release their new album, Fading West, today on Atlantic Records/Word. The album was exclusively streamed as an iTunes Radio First Play last week offering fans a sneak preview. A 47-city U.S. tour in support of the new album has also been announced, with performances confirmed at Terminal 5 in New York, House of Blues Chicago, and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, amongst many others.
A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love, Fading West is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world.
The first No. 1 radio hit from the acclaimed album, “Love Alone Is Worth The Fight,” claims the top spot for the sixth consecutive week on the Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR chart with a bullet while simultaneously hitting No. 16 and climbing on the National Christian Audience chart. In just its first week at radio, the song garnered plays from every Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR reporting station, marking the only time this has happened since the chart launched in 2006.
Switchfoot released their first feature film, also titled Fading West, on December 10th. Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, the Fading West film follows 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, the film charts the creation of the San Diego-based fivesome’s upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages. 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. The film is now available across all leading Video On Demand platforms in the U.S. including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow and Vudu with digital entertainment curator, FilmBuff. In addition, fans can request screenings of the film in a number of markets around the country in partnership with Gathr.
As they enter their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot 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.
Jan 14 Encinitas, CA La Paloma Theater (film screening + performance)
Jan 15 San Diego, CA Casbah
Jan 24 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
Feb 20 Williamsport, PA Bardo Gym
Feb 21 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University
Feb 22 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Feb 23 Central, SC Southern Wesleyan University
Feb 24 Thomasville, GA Thomasville Municipal Auditorium
Feb 26 Richmond, VA The National
Feb 28 N. Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Mar 1 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Mar 2 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
Mar 6 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
Mar 7 Tulsa, OK Club Brady
Mar 8 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Mar 9 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Mar 10 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre
Mar 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Mar 13 Chattanooga, TN Track 29
Mar 14 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre
Mar 19 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
Mar 20 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
Mar 21 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
Mar 22 Boston, MA Royale
Mar 23 Killington, VT Pickle Barrel
Mar 26 Stroudsburg, PA The Sherman Theater
Mar 28 Providence, RI Fete Ballroom
Mar 29 New York, NY Terminal 5
Apr 2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Apr 3 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
Apr 4 Marion, IN Indiana Wesleyan PAC
Apr 5 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
Apr 6 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
Apr 7 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre
Apr 9 Roswell, NM The Liberty
Apr 10 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Apr 11 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Apr 12 Las Vegas, NV Hard Rock Live
Apr 16 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom
Apr 18 Seattle, WA Showbox
Apr 19 Spokane, WA Martin Woldson Theatre at The Fox
Apr 20 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Apr 21 College Place, WA Walla Walla University
Apr 22 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Apr 23 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
Apr 25 Abilene, TX Abilene Civic Center
Apr 27 Nashville, TN War Memorial Auditorium
For more information on Switchfoot, Fading West, the latest tour updates and more, go to www.switchfoot.com.


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