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Meant to surf


Alt-rock heavyweight Switchfoot rediscovered its creativity — and its chemistry — after hanging ten across the globe.

Joshua Boydston March 5th, 2014

Switchfoot with Kopecky Family Band

7 p.m. Thursday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$19-$24

Photo: Chris Burkard

The guys behind Switchfoot never think clearer than they do out on the ocean.

Surfing binds the band and its brotherhood as much as music or faith. And on the eve of the ninth studio album from the defiantly relevant alt-rock group (after 18 years together and a decade in the national spotlight), the gentle roll of the water brought with it an idea to do things a little differently this go-’round.

In the name of finding inspiration for new material, Switchfoot sought the solace of some choice surf spots across the globe: Australia, South Africa, Bali and more. The five-piece decided to film the global excursion, and soon, Fading West morphed from a standalone record into an accompanying soundtrack and then into a documentary film of the same name, marrying footage of the surf travelogue with scenes from the group’s 2012 world tour.

What should have been a victory lap instead turned into the biggest undertaking of the band’s career. 

“We needed to get out of the formal routine of writing and recording in a studio, to actually make this journey across the world and let those environments inspire it,” drummer Chad Butler said. “We chased waves and songs across the planet.”

The exotic locales demanded not only big, grand arrangements to match the breathtaking landscapes but also “an exercise in restraint” in capturing the quiet moments of beautiful serenity. It awakened a desire to write music for traditional film down the line, but the endeavor acted as more than a mere creative exercise, instead bearing an insight into the very heartbeat of the band.

“It wasn’t always easy to keep the cameras rolling, especially when things went wrong,” Butler said. “But the music has always been very open and honest, and we wanted to let people see behind the curtain a little bit, the good and the bad.”

The unflinching look gave Switchfoot — appearing Thursday at Diamond Ballroom — a chance to define itself to fans and critics alike. The opportunity largely was eluding them since “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move” made the group’s fourth record, The Beautiful Letdown, a double-platinum smash hit. Soon after, the band was pigeonholed as Christian by many when its five members felt they were, well, so much more.

“I’ve been trying to stay out of boxes since junior high,” Butler said with a laugh. “We just continue to make honest music, songs that relate to everyone. The best part of what we do is looking down from the stage and seeing people from all walks of life and beliefs singing the same song. It’s a powerful thing.”


 
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