- Wednesday | August 9, 2017
- 6:00 pm
- House of Blues - Boston 15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
- (888) 693-2583
Life house & Switchfoot are coming to the House of Blues Boston on Wednesday, August 9th!
Tickets: $37 – $55
Doors: 5pm | Show: 6pm
WHERE THE LIGHT SHINES THROUGH (2016 Vangard/Concord), SWITCHFOOT’s 10th studio album, is an old-soul, rock-n-roll record with new eyes. Built out of the dichotomy of what it means to be human, the album unapologetically dives into the big, honest questions of why we’re here with a broad view of both darkness and light, pain and healing, church and state. The title track “Where The Light Shines Through” is a gospel song – an open palms altar call – bring your scars and abuse and bruises with you: “the wound is where the light shines through.”
After 3 months in the studio with producer John Fields (The Beautiful Letdown & Nothing Is Sound), SWITCHFOOT is surfacing with their most focused album to date. It’s a response to a world turned upside down: from the violence in Paris to the bloodshed in San Bernardino, from the the bi-partisan madness of America to the atrocities of Isis- this record is looking for light and hope in the very wound of our own human condition.
With their 10th studio album, SWITCHFOOT asks a question that few bands ever come to: “After nine albums together, what’s worth holding on to and what’s worth letting go?” Needless to say, only the most poignant songs survived the recording process. “We want these songs to be like a knife that cuts through the darkness,” Foreman said. Even with the weighty themes of “The Day That I Found God” or “If The House Burns Down Tonight,” the album maintains it’s life, its light, its vibrant spark, concluding with the bold punctuation, “Hope is the Anthem.”
With classic and soulful tones that reach back to an era of musical freedom and simplicity, “Where The Light Shines Through” shows the influence of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin & even The Band. While “Float” merges modern dance pop with a nod to the 70’s, other songs just stand out like headlights as some of the best songs the band has written to date: “I Won’t Let You go,” “Live It Well,” “The Day I found God” & “If The House Burns Down Tonight.” True to form, SWITCHFOOT defies classification – refusing to sound like their contemporaries. The new record sounds both fresh and well-worn, wise and yet innocent: like songs that an old man buried and a younger man dug them up.
Throughout the album SWITCHFOOT is swinging for the fences with lyrics that poke at cultural boundaries, ”Ain’t we all just Abraham’s sons? We’re just sinners with a song and drums, We all fall on our knees and we bleed the same.” SWITCHFOOT has been known to push the limits before, but “Looking for America” is perhaps the most daring stylistic departure SWITCHFOOT has ever reached for. Featuring Lecrae rapping throughout the song, SWITCHFOOT takes a bold look at what America means: “between the violence and entitlement, which nation do you serve?”
After the fire, after the hurricane, after nine albums together, SWITCHFOOT comes out of the desert wasteland with hope gleaming from their eyes, holding a cardboard sign that reads, “The Wound Is Where The Light Shines Through.”
This whole story starts in a California garage with the Foreman Brothers & drummer Chad Butler. Armed with surfboards and cheap electric guitars, the plan was to finish college. But the indie record deal from RE:Think records offered the chance to go explore the world. And that’s just what they did. Three records later, (The Legend of Chin, New Way To Be Human, and Learning To Breathe (Certified Gold -Re:Think Records)), the Foreman brothers dropped out of UCSD to pursue music a bit more seriously. Enter multi-instrumentalist Jerome Fontamillas and tone-wizard Drew Shirley.
Then in 2003, this band of surfer dropouts signed to Columbia records. What started as a high school garage band, was now a band with multiple songs in the top 40. “Dare You To Move” & “Meant To Live” took The Beautiful Letdown (Columbia Records) to double platinum, climbing charts and gaining speed. But rather than lean into the newfound success, they chose to release a darker existential rock record questioning the establishment and declaring Nothing Is Sound (certified gold/ Columbia Records)
Oh! Gravity. (Columbia Records) continued the honest search, asking gravity himself, “Why can’t we keep it together?”
Then the SWITCHFOOT locomotive came to a halt. They chose to cut ties with the volatile partner that Columbia Records had become. They built their own studio. Questions swirled. Why? What do we love? Then came Katrina. The Hurricane swept through the south lands destroying homes and lives. The band underwent a metaphorical hurricane of their own, and after parting ways with Columbia, SWITCHFOOT ( launched out on their own label – Lowercase People Records. From the storm, came the anthem, “You can’t silence my love.” Hello Hurricane (LCP/Atlantic), the 7th studio album came out shooting darts, with ripping guitars and energetic melodies.
With a Grammy in hand, Jon rolled out a folksy singer songwriter solo project and a few Fiction Family albums, featuring Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek.
Shortly after, Vice Verses (LCP/Atlantic), the groove oriented follow-up to Hello Hurricane, connected listeners with stories inspired by the homeless youth in San Diego County.
Fading West, a pop alter ego and film documentary, chronicles the band’s journey through Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand and parts of America looking for inspiration. The film underscores the band’s quest for adventure, belonging, and journey for home.
Instead of just looking for Hope in the form of song, the band consistently finds ways to give back to their community. Partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, TWLOHA, and most notably their annual event The SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM. The event is now 12 years old, giving hope and funding to at risk youth in their hometown of San Diego. “Of all that we’ve been able to do as a band, I’m proudest of the BRO-AM. More than any platinum album, or Grammy, or award- the past decade of celebrating our community has been the most rewarding.”
The unapologetic writing has always led the band forward, sometimes uncomfortably. The irony is that even while pop culture has embraced SWITCHFOOT from time to time, SWITCHFOOT has never fully been accepted. They’ve never been cool, and they’ve never cared. It might be the secret to their longevity. The title track on The Beautiful Letdown says it all, “I don’t belong here, I don’t belong. I will carry a cross and a song where I don’t belong.” The song continues indeed, to a bold tenth record.
With the release of Lifehouse: Greatest Hits on Universal Music Enterprises, a chronological collection of the band’s 18 hit singles and best songs, this year marks a time for the band to look back on a remarkably successful career. Founded in 1999 by singer/ songwriter/guitarist Jason Wade in suburban Los Angeles while still in his teens as Blyss, Lifehouse has forged a path that most bands only dream about, topping the charts, having hit songs all over the radio, sharing the stage at arenas with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and Matchbox Twenty.
Since bursting on to the scene in 2000 with their hit debut, No Name Face – which sported the chart-topping Modern Rock-turned Hot 100 #2 hit, “Hanging by a Moment” – Lifehouse has released seven albums that have cumulatively sold more than 15 million around the world, spawning a string of multi-format airplay hits like “You and Me”, “First Time”, “Whatever It Takes” and “Halfway Gone”, the latter four co-written by Wade with collaborator Jude Cole.
Having taken some time out after the release of 2015’s Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse’s three members have dedicated themselves to individual pursuits. Recently signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Wade has devoted himself to writing, releasing 40 songs that have never previously been available- one a week on the Internet. Bassist Bryce Soderberg now fronts his own band Komox (named after his Canadian hometown), while drummer Rick Woolstenhulme moved with his wife to Arizona to pursue online session work from his recording studio.
“Radio has changed dramatically in the last few years, so it’s a nice change to be off that treadmill,” admits Wade, the son of missionaries who traveled to various countries, including Hong Kong before returning to the Pacific Northwest and then the West Valley of L.A., where he turned to songwriting to cope with a “traumatic” adolescence.
“We feel a profound gratitude to be able to get to this point,” echoes Soderberg, who joined the band in 2004 in time to play on 2005’s Lifehouse album. “That we can celebrate our accomplishments with a new tour and Greatest Hits record makes this an amazing time for us.”
Lifehouse will embark on a six-week-long summer tour with Switchfoot that will see them give a much-anticipated homecoming concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in September. It will mark a welcome return to the city where they started out almost 18 years ago, releasing 1,000 copies of an indie EP, Diff’s Lucky Day, including demos they recorded with money from DreamWorks Records, where they signed after being discovered by producer Ron Aniello and their longtime manager and co-producer Jude Cole.
Their major label debut, No Name Face, was recorded largely in Aniello’s home recording studio in Woodland Hills, CA, which was an instant success thanks to the album’s very first track, “Hanging by the Moment.”
“That was the last song I wrote for the album,” remembers Wade. “I picked up the guitar, tuned it to drop D, began playing this riff and wrote it in, like, 10 minutes. It was a real out-of-body experience channeling it. It came out of nowhere – the words, the bridge, the melody, everything. It’s almost as if it were already written.”
That was the start of an amazing run for Lifehouse. “Hanging by a Moment,” which went on to become Top 40’s Most Played Song that year, was followed by an array of hits, including “You and Me” (#1 at both Adult Top 40 and AC, Top 50 Hot 100) from 2005’s self-titled release, which debuted in the Billboard Top 10.
“I was writing a love song for a friend’s film, and I just got engaged to my wife,” recalls Jason about “You and Me.” “Jude came up with the chord structure. I proposed to my Braeden at Disneyland with a boom box playing an early version of the song six years before we released it.”
Freed from the tyranny of the Top 40 rat race, Jason Wade admits, “There’s less pressure on us now. To be able to tour and perform songs we’ve recorded is a blessing. It’s bound to renew our commitment to making new music as a band.” Another incentive for the group is being able to once again control their own master recordings.
“Everything that’s happened to us– the ups and the downs – has led to this moment,” adds Bryce.
The first words sung by Jason Wade on No Name Face from “Hanging by a Moment” still ring true.
“I’m desperate for changing/Starving for truth/I’m closer to where I started/Chasing after you.”
“It’s both the end and the beginning,” nods Bryce. “We’re right where we’re supposed to be, and the sky’s the limit.”
“We still enjoy playing and giving back to the fans who’ve been with us for almost two decades,” says Jason. For someone who began as a songwriter – with no dreams of fame and fortune – Wade has come full circle. “The music we make will be what we want to make, without worrying about what anybody else thinks… except our audience.”