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HELLO HURRICANE, SWITCHFOOT'S Seventh Full-Length Album

On November 10, Sparrow Records and Atlantic Records will release Hello Hurricane, the seventh full-length album from the multi-Platinum, San Diego-based rock band SWITCHFOOT. Hello Hurricane is the group’s first album on Atlantic Records and its first studio album since 2006’s Oh! Gravity, which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200. SWITCHFOOT has been hard at work on Hello Hurricane, tracking more than 80 songs at the band’s self-built home studio and selecting the very best of them for the record. The band recorded the album with noted producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Rilo Kiley, Eminem and Pink). The edgy, driving lead single “Mess of Me” goes for adds at Modern and Active Rock radio this week as the stirring “Always” goes to Christian radio later this month.

The back-to-basics approach employed has yielded a career-defining album that lead singer Jon Foreman views as “a new beginning.” Elizondo’s unique background facilitated a departure for the band, allowing it to build on SWITCHFOOT’s foundation, punctuated by hard-hitting instrumentation and soaring choruses, and elevating the music to a new level.

“Hello Hurricane acknowledges the storms that tear through our lives,” states Foreman. “This album is an attempt to respond to those storms with an element of hope, trying to understand what it means to be hopeful in a world that keeps on spinning.”

The band recently kicked off the co-headlining Crazy Making Summer Tour with Universal Motown Records group Blue October and featuring special guests Ours and Longwave. Following that outing, SWITCHFOOT will open for Dave Matthews Band, on two Southern California dates (September 12th & 13th). See below for itinerary.

SWITCHFOOT – comprising Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – has hosted the annual BRO-AM, a surf contest, charity auction and concert, for the past five years. The June 2009 BRO-AM benefited local San Diego area chapters of StandUp for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth. Final numbers are still being tallied, but it is estimated that this year’s event grossed $93,000, making it the most successful to date. (www.standupforkids.org )

Moved by the moral and universal consciousness of events like BRO-AM, Foreman created http://www.theworldyouwant.com , an online destination people can visit for daily doses of inspiration and to share their own stories. “Every day you’re alive you change the world - with every breath, every action and every thought,” he writes. “What is the world you want? Let your life live out your decision. The World You Want website is a place where goodness, beauty, and truth in everyday life are given the spotlight. Who are the people in your life who are creating the world you want? We want to know...we want to hear their song...we want to sing along.”

Author: Rick Hoganson


Date: 14 September 2009


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