Friday, September 27, 2013

Artist Spotlight: Switchfoot



Rock ‘n’ roll has long glorified the idea that “it’s better to burn out than to fade away,” as Neil Young sang. Switchfoot aren’t buying it. These San Diego-based alt rockers seem more interested in a long, slow burn. On their ninth studio project, Fading West, they continue to smolder like the abandoned embers of a beach campfire. They’re not impulsive kids screaming for attention. Instead, they’re veteran musicians content to get their message across without resorting to maximum volume.

They’re even taking their time introducing the band’s new music, starting slowly with a new EP — a three-song teaser meant to whet fans’ appetites — followed by a movie premiere and a two-month fall tour (all are titled Fading West, by the way). For those who can’t catch the indie feature in theaters, a digital release slated for early December should make a nice Christmas gift and can tide you over until January 14, 2014, when the full-length Fading West hits.

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