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Switchfoot Wins Approval of Rock Radio

( [email protected] ) Feb 20, 2004 11:25 PM EST

Four-manned Christian band “Switchfoot” makes its way up to the charts of MTV and VH1, meanwhile, planning to hold concert tours around the country. Rarely has a Christian band been aired on radio stations so competitively with secular music groups other than Switchfoot. Recently, singles like “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move” have won the approval of commercial rock radio stations.

The band was assembled with Jonathan Foreman as the lead singer at University of California, San Diego. The origin of the groups name comes from a term for a technique used in their all-time favorite hobby, surfing. Symbolically and spiritually it also resembles the band’s spiritual message that it means to carry to the public music industry. Their originality in style proves true until now, setting new trends fitting under the Indies/Alternative Rock genre.

Not only meant to portray realistically the life walking the path of faith with high technological instrumental mixtures and high pop culture, Switchfoot carries the message of the Gospel embedded deep in its lyrical art. The band’s music, although uncertain to what extent of sincerity rock fans accept, appeals to music industry.

Following "Meant to Live," created a new recording history for Switchfoot in their latest album The Beautiful Letdown. “Dare you to Move” taken from the San Diego Rockers’ 2000 album Learning to Breathe have always been fan favorites.

"It's a song we've always believed in," Tim Foreman, the guitar bassist stated. "We've been playing it live for four years, and when you play something live for that long, you get your arms around it in a different way. So it's great to have the opportunity to capture what we've done with it live."

Currently, Switchfoot will play national concert tours on February 7 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and February 13 in Searcy, Arkansas, and making another round on February 25 in East Lansing, Michigan.

Moving on firmly with their faith and not worrying about the success of their records, Switchfoot moves powerfully with the message.

"We try not to look at numbers, because that stuff doesn't mean anything," Foreman said. "It feels great whether you're playing in front of 50 or 500 kids and they're singing along. When Tim and I were in a band in high school, we scrimped and waited tables to make enough money to print 1,000 CDs, and it was incredible when we sold 500 copies and broke even. It's amazing to know people are getting into what you're doing."