Seemingly reluctant to have even a little time of leisure as they welcome year 2007, Switchfoot indeed goes full force in maintaining their path on the road ahead. For February only, the band has already been plotted to hold continuous performances throughout the whole month, beginning with a handful of live gigs across European countries like Germany, Denmark, and England then around some cities in North America starting from date 13. Here venues will include those in San Francisco, Vancouver, Spokane, Calgary, and Eugene with Toronto being the last stop for the month. More U.S cities will be visited afterwards in March for the quintet is set to keep going onstage in Worcester, Providence, Hartford, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, and Los Angeles to name few.
A band bearing unique characteristic of combining thoughtful, inventive rock music with spiritually evocative and socially aware lyrics other fellow artists rarely embrace, Switchfoot first went under the name of Chin Up as the act took shape around year 1996 in San Diego, California. Originally a trio, it was formed by brothers Jon Foreman (born Jonathan Mark Foreman on October 22, 1976 in San Bernadino, California) and Tim Foreman (born Timothy David Foreman on August 15, 1978 in Lake Arrowhead, California) alongside their friend Chad Matthew Butler (born on March 24, 1974 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands). With Jon positioning himself on lead vocal also guitar, Tim becoming the bassist, and Chad assuming drummer role, the threesome was amazingly quick to make their way in the music circuit, only spending a year playing gigs before getting signed by Charlie Peacock to his re:think imprint, a division of Sparrow Records.
Worked hand in hand, it delightfully did not take a long time for the troupe to construct their debut effort in the same year, an album entitled "The Legend of Chin", using the moniker they are now popularly known as which was derived from a surfing term. The record later was followed by the release of two other LPs namely "New Way to Be Human" and "Learning to Breathe" in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Of the three, the latter proved to be the most successful one, reaching Gold status from RIAA, even landing a Grammy nod for Best Rock Gospel Album slot while being deemed Best Pop Album at San Diego Music Awards in 2001. By this time, the band had smoothly added one more member in the lineup, none other than guitarist/keyboardist Jerome Fontamillas (born on June 20, 1976 in the Philippines).
Undeniably received a portion of attention due to the initial achievement they had scored, Switchfoot in turn gained a promising chance to be involved in the soundtrack to "A Walk to Remember" which subsequently set the band up for a major-label run at Columbia Records not long after the release of the movie in 2002. Taking full advantage on the opportunity, the quartet made no delay to issue their fourth album "The Beautiful Letdown" on February 25, 2003. A piece of work marking the group's evolution from the predominantly lo-fi, indie rock sound toward a more layered, synth-influenced one, the LP fantastically drew more than a satisfying outcome in mainstream music scene, soaring to the top 20 of The Billboard 200 while ruling out Top Christian Albums chart to ultimately get certified double Platinum by the end of 2004.
Also gained considerable buzz from the record's two hit singles, "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move", which both secured positions in the top 20 of The Billboard Hot 100, it was not really surprising to then see Switchfoot strive as the Top Christian Artist on the Billboard Year-End Charts in the same year, a superb attainment that undoubtedly boosted the band's reputation nationwide. Despite the honor, however, all the members unanimously refused to consider themselves a Christian group, much to everyone's surprise. "For us, it's a faith, not a genre", Jon once remarked. "We've always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us 'Christian rock' tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that's not what we're trying to do."
Status aside, Switchfoot ceaselessly continued to evoke people's amazement by the time they brought up their next effort "Nothing Is Sound" in September 2005, only four months after officially announcing Drew Shirley (born Andrew Phillip Shirley on April 3, 1976 in Puerto Rico), their additional guitarist since 2003, as the band's new member. Containing twelve songs, the album fared greater than its predecessor as it wonderfully debuted at #3 on The Billboard 200, in the meantime spawning a huge hit of "Stars" which managed to break the top 20 of three Billboard singles chart, notably that of Modern Rock Tracks. Another full-length work titled "Oh! Gravity" followed to be released on December 26, 2006 with the eponymous track becoming its first single on the radio where it has since enjoyed moderate success on the alternative charts.