@Intuslegere Haven't seen it, was it as odd as Flyleaf's I'm So Sick in Die Hard 4? (Which was presumably intended to establish "this is a rebellious kid who listens to EXTREME MUSIC!" but instead gave the scene a church youth group vibe)
They're my favorite band, but they really need a new setlist. They've got 9 albums and a few EPs and they play the same exact 15 songs mostly off the newest two records when you go see them. It gets so old.
I call the new stuff "Switchfoot Hawke" because they basically sound like Youngblood Hawke on their new stuff. I love both bands, but I like them to stay to their respective sounds. Although, it is nice to see Switchfoot experimenting a little bit.
@DrSlump7 so you didn't like the EP, right ? and then you felt disappointment ? i mean, you didn't get enough of it, your concern is totally justified(i've nothing against it). BUT making that opinion/concern public is not appropriate, my friend. it makes no sense. not only it demoralises the band but also those people who must've came here and read that stupid comment because it unfortunately leaves a bad impression on them(regarding the content).
Chad Butler's take on Fading West - " It’s been interesting you know – typically a Switchfoot record will start with Jon and a guitar, then we’ll build the framework of a song around that. But this time there’s been a lot more space to have new experimentation, finding instruments in the locations we go – for instance, Drew finding a guitar on the side of the road in Africa made out of a gas can, being inspired by the unique sounds that it had. (...) I guess it’s allowed us to start from the ground up, and let the sounds that we’re finding exist without necessarily melody or a lyric yet, and just have a landscape of sound. (...) I think there’s going to be room to breathe on the album that we haven’t allowed ourselves in the past. You know, I think there’s that cinematic idea in the back of your mind that you're creating something that doesn't have to be a 3 minute pop song. "
They are passionate about surfing and music. Fading West is a surf documentary, (which they wanted to do since years) so their primary focus was on the movie not the album. comparatively, they even had really less time for the soundtrack. and it's not a concept album btw so stop expecting anything from it. Your disappointment is INVALID.