With the release of their seventh studio album, the one word that comes to mind when thinking about Switchfoot is “unstoppable”. Performing shows and recording songs for over a decade now, the boys from San Diego, California, which includes brothers Jon and Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Drew Shirley, and Jerome Fontamillas are back on the road promoting Hello Hurricane.
“It took two and a half years to record this latest album,” says Fontamillas. “We recorded over ninety songs.” “Mess of Me”, the lead single off the album is an explosive rock track, catchy and loud – like it was made to perform in front of a live audience.
And if there is such a thing as down-to-earth performances, Switchfoot takes the cake. In addition to engaging the audience in a sing-a-long rendition of “Meant to Live”, the band even threw a sample of Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” into the mix. Lead singer Jon Foreman captivated audiences by fearlessly plunging himself into a pit of adoring fans, making his way to all four corners of the venue so that every seat in the house got an up close and personal concert experience.
Playing the hits every night doesn’t seem to bother the boys either.
“I’ve been playing Dare You to Move almost ten years now,” explains Fontamillas. “It’s a long time, but those songs have a lot of meaning. It’s amazing and I love playing it every night. It doesn’t get tired. I don’t mind playing it for the rest of my life.”
The rest of their lives may not be an overstatement. Even though their main focus at the moment is the new album, the ninety plus songs that have been written can allow for Switchfoot to “put out another album, or three or four,” jokes Fontamillas. He adds, “Jon writes a song a day. We love writing and recording songs. We will do it as long as people will listen to it.”
Don’t expect Switchfoot to be slowing down anytime soon. Even with writing, recording, and touring, the boys somehow still find time to give back to the community. Fontamillas explains how the band feels so blessed to be in a position where they have a platform to reach a wide audience. Taking advantage of this platform, Switchfoot founded Bro-Am.
“We connect with a charity organization,” explains Fontamillas. “Last year was this organization called Stand Up for Kids, which helps the kids that are in the streets of San Diego. For us it’s like, hey, we live in San Diego. We have this opportunity to open up people’s eyes to this charity that is helping all these kids.”
The interview ends with some words of wisdom. What would normally sound cliché somehow sounds genuine and real coming from Fontamillas. He says, “There are things in life that are bigger than ourselves. Life is short, live it well. These are the things that we sing about; these are the things that we want to bring out.”