Paste magazine debuts Switchfoot's YouTube premiere of 'Native Tongue' music video
Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot expands on their trademark epic soundscapes and explores new themes and textures on "Native Tongue," the group's 11th full-length album set for release on Jan. 18, 2019, via Fantasy Records.
The band also announced the North American leg of the "Native Tongue Tour," which kicks off in Asheville, North Carolina, on Feb. 14. Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker will join Switchfoot as support acts. Public on-sale for the tour begins Oct. 26.
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debuted the "Native Tongue" album art and the YouTube premiere of the music video for the title track, which was written by Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman and bassist Tim Foreman with Brent Kutzle of One Republic. The lyrics are a poignant reminder, "Before we learn to hate/Love is our native tongue."
"These are polarizing times, where the loudest voice is often the voice of anger or fear. This album is an attempt to sing that hope into life. To bring a group of diverse songs under one common banner. Hatred is not your native language. Love is your native tongue," Jon Foreman said.
Switchfoot is in the midst of an impressive career spanning more than 20 years. "Native Tongue" is an inspired work of insight and passion from a band that continues to find strength in differences and hope in what binds us. The 14-song project, recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band's hometown of San Diego, includes a wide array of music from the hard-hitting anthemic title-track to more reflective songs such as "Prodigal Soul," "Joy Invincible" and "Voices," (co-written and produced with their friends in One Republic). The band interlace empathy and introspection, urging listeners to "use our lungs for love and not the shadows." "Native Tongue" also features a collaboration with Kaela Sinclair on "The Hardest Art."
Switchfoot has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut "The Legend of Chin," steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as "New Way to Be Human" (1999), "Learning to Breathe" (2000), the multi-Platinum breakthrough "The Beautiful Letdown" (2003), "Nothing Is Sound" (2005), "Oh! Gravity" (2006), the Grammy-winning "Hello Hurricane" (2009), "Vice Verses" (2011), "Fading West" (2014) and "Where The Light Shines Through" (2016). "Fading West" doubled as the soundtrack to the band's documentary of the same name.
Along the way, Switchfoot established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including "Meant to Live," "Dare You to Move," "Stars" and "Mess of Me." Beyond career achievements, Switchfoot has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over $2 million to aid kids in their community through the band's own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that's held every summer in Encinitas, California. They've also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms.