Grammy Award-winning rock band Switchfoot announced their new LP, “this is our Christmas album,” out Nov. 4. Marking the band’s first holiday record, “this is our Christmas album” finds Switchfoot infusing their signature West Coast sound to a number of holiday classics and five new original Christmas songs.
A press release noted, “Cheery, nostalgic and brimming with sunshine, the 11-track collection was inspired by everyone from the Beach Boys to Black Flag, and promises to be the perfect soundtrack for the holiday season with a new California twist.”
“Christmas is an emotional treasure chest for a songwriter to pull from,” lead singer Jon Foreman said. “It’s a season stretched tight with contradictions: Celebrating the free gifts of love and grace with an outburst of materialist capitalist consumption. An emotional rollercoaster of family and friends, hopes and scars – bringing out the worst and the best in all of us.”
The release said, “A project that’s been years in the making, this is our Christmas album, wraps its arms wide around these contradictions.”
Alongside the album announcement, Switchfoot announced their North American “this is our Christmas tour” which sees the band visiting Napa, Detroit, Monterey and Anaheim. Since the band’s creation, it has performed to sold-out audiences in over 40 countries and racked up over 5 million tickets sold. These shows are going to be special as the group, that’s been described as “definition of cool” by Vulture, will perform one Christmas-themed set, and another set filled with the band’s classic hits, including “Dare You To Move” and “Meant to Live.”
"It’s truly incredible the way music connects us all: making even strangers feel like family,” Foreman said. “To celebrate this season, singing these songs together in the same room is a gift that we can’t wait to unwrap. We’re so excited to head out on our first Christmas tour ever!”
Purchase tickets here: https://switchfoot.com/pages/tour.
“this is our Christmas album” is a follow-up to 2021’s “interobang,” which saw the band opt for raw, ’60s-era, pop-infused feel – and straying away from the typical rock sound. Penned through the pandemic, “interrobang” “celebrates the journey when the destination is unsure. It illustrates the contrast between joy and pain, faith and doubt, and marks a bold new creative peak for the multi-Platinum rockers.”
San Diego’s alt rock quintet has been continually breaking musical barriers in its 20-plus year career, selling almost 10 million copies worldwide of their 12 studio albums (including the 2003 double-Platinum breakthrough “The Beautiful Letdown” and 2009's Grammy Award-winning “Hello Hurricane”) and racking up a string of alternative radio hits.
In addition, Switchfoot has raised millions of dollars to aid kids in their community through their BRO-AM Foundation.
Switchfoot is Jon Foreman (vocals, guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Jerome Fontamillas (keys, guitar) and Chad Butler (drums).