Switchfoot Hitting the Road for North American Tour in February - March
Switchfoot Ready for Appearance on 'Late Night with David Letterman' on Thursday, January 4
New Switchfoot Album, Oh! Gravity., Available Now
With an eagerly-awaited new album, Oh! Gravity., available now, the multi-platinum-selling San Diego-based rock band Switchfoot will hit the road for a series of North American concert dates beginning in February (see full itinerary following).
The upcoming Switchfoot tour marks the band's first U.S. concerts since an extensive American tour which ran from October 17 through November 22, 2006. Switchfoot's Columbia Records labelmates, Copeland, will open the shows.
In celebration of the new album and in anticipation of the upcoming tour, Switchfoot will appear on "Late Night with David Letterman" on Thursday, January 4 (check your local listings) to perform the title track from Oh! Gravity.
Released on December 26, Oh! Gravity. is the first new studio collection from Switchfoot since the group's Nothing Is Sound entered the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart at #3 in September 2005. (The group's major label debut, the double-platinum smash The Beautiful Letdown, peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 in June 2004, more than a year after its release.)
Oh! Gravity. is produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Tears For Fears, Tin Machine, James) & Switchfoot. The album is executive produced by Grammy-winning Producer of the Year Steve Lillywhite, who also helmed the track, "Awakening," with additional production by Tim Palmer & Switchfoot.
Switchfoot has developed a harder rock edge for the sound and songs on Oh! Gravity., which was recorded at Big Fish Recording in Encinitas, California.
All songs on the album were written by frontman Jon Foreman and Switchfoot. This includes the first single "Oh! Gravity.," "American Dream," "Awakening," "Dirty Second Hands," "In This Life," "Amateur Lovers," "Circles," "Faust," "Yesterdays," "4:12," "Burn Out Bright," and "Let Your Love."
Switchfoot has already been receiving stellar reviews for Oh! Gravity. with Harp magazine calling it a " ... strong album of bitingly contemplative, rocking power pop ... ." And Performing Songwriter praising the band for " ... (stretching) out on Oh! Gravity., expanding its sonic palette from punchy modern rockers to songs with more nuance."
"Far more aggressive and harder edged than the band's previous work," raved Urban Tulsa Weekly. "This isn't Switchfoot on cruise control."
The Albuquerque Journal called the album, "By far the most energetic and aggressive Switchfoot record to-date" while observing, "Vocalist and songwriter Jon Foreman soars and delivers a grittier sound, while still digging deep inside his soul. The band accelerates and punches through tracks, then stops to deliver subtle twists -- including moments of Brit-pop, blues, 80's alternative and the occasional riff that echoes the Rolling Stones."
The Tennessean found the album " ... the band's finest and broadest work ... " while the Arizona Republic proclaimed Oh! Gravity. " ... their best work yet."
"A solid foundation of punk-pop gets appropriate garnishes of orchestral, R&B, country or electronic," wrote the Holland Sentinel, "pleasantly surprising the listener without big footing the point that these guys are smart musicians."
Switchfoot has been consistently drawing raves for the transcendent power of the group's live shows. "A rich catalogue of music," wrote Playback St. Louis. "A fine translation to live performance. Switchfoot is worth getting to know."
"An appreciative and enthusiastic audience sang along from the first song to the final encore," penned the Idaho Statesman. "I've never seen the emotional intensity and rapport that Switchfoot has."
"Switchfoot wasted no time in rocking a capacity crowd in Chicago by opening with their hit 'Stars' in a show that left audience members shredded, but wanting more," said Unrated Magazine while Chicago's Lumino Magazine observed that "Throughout the entire show, Switchfoot never once let the crowd's adrenaline subside, as the depth of their quickly growing catalog proved strong enough to make everyone dance and leave everyone wanting more."
Switchfoot is: Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar); Tim Foreman (bass, backing vocals); Chad Butler (drums); Jerome Fontamillas (guitar, keyboard, backing vocals); and Andrew Shirley (guitar).
Switchfoot/Copeland Tour Dates Feb. 13 Anaheim, CA House Of Blues Feb. 14 San Francisco, CA Slim's Feb. 16 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre Feb. 17 Spokane, WA Big Easy Feb. 18 Seattle, WA The Fenix (Formerly The Premier) Feb. 19 Vancouver, BC Croatian Cultural Center Feb. 21 Calgary, Alberta MacEwan Hall Feb. 22 Edmonton, Alberta Events Center Feb. 23 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Prairieland Feb. 24 Winnipeg, Manitoba Garrick Theatre @ The Marlborough Feb. 26 Thunder Bay, Ont. Community Auditorium Feb. 28 Toronto, Ont. Guvernment Mar 1 London, Ont. Cowboy Ranch Mar 2 Ottawa, Ont. Capitol Music Hall Mar 3 Montreal, Quebec The National Mar 6 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Mar 7 Worcester, MA The Palladium Mar 8 Providence, RI Lupo's Mar 9 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre Mar 10 Philadelphia, PA TLA Mar 11 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live Mar 13 Albany, NY Northern Lights Mar 14 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom Mar 15 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre Mar 18 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel Mar 19 Charleston, SC Music Farm Mar 22 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues Mar 23 Houston, TX Warehouse Mar 24 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa Mar 25 Dallas, TX Gypsy Tea Room Mar 26 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom Mar 28 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre Mar 29 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre Mar 30 Los Angeles, CA Avalon Mar 31 San Diego, CA Soma www.switchfoot.com www.myspace.com/switchfoot www.thecopelandsite.com www.myspace.com/copeland www.columbiarecords.com
SOURCE: Columbia Records
CONTACT: Tour press, Sandee Gardner, Los Angeles,
+1-310-449-2902, Sandee.Gardner@sonybmg.com, or Benny Tarantini, New York,
+1-212-833-5858, Benny.Tarantini@sonybmg.com, both of Columbia Records