1/1/1996, San Diego, California

Birth Name

Chin Up


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Switchfoot was formed in by singer/guitarist Jonathan Foreman and his bassist brother Tim Foreman. With the addition of drummer Chad Butler, Switchfoot recorded their debut LP, 1997's The Legend of Chin, appearing on Charlie Peacock's re:Think imprint. New Way to Be Human followed two years later; it was…more


Trivia and Quotes

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  • Quotes

    • Jon Foreman (about Switchfoot's album Nothing is Sound): What is true happiness? Is it a comfortable 4-door Sedan with tinted windows? Does it mean I have 2.3 children and a beautiful wife and live in a great neighborhood? Everyone has their own version of what happiness means, but many of the things we're going for, and I include myself in this, are absurd. There's this moment in Jewish scripture, in Ecclesiastes, where it says, "Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless." That's the place where our new record starts.

    • Chad Butler: At times. I think there's nothing better then being out as the sun is setting. Sometimes I'll surf alone and just be out there with God and the dolphins. Those are amazing experiences.

    • Jon Foreman: I feel like one of the reasons why U2's music has meant so much to me over the years is because of they're not afraid to talk about what's going on spiritually, and it connects with you on a spiritual level. And I guess we're attempting to do the same thing.

    • Jon Foreman: If anything, we're more about the politics of the heart, the politics of the inside. Of course, everyone wants peace. But I think a lot of times, we overlook the fact that external peace can never happen until internal peace happens.

    • Tim Foreman: Whether it was Bob Dylan or Bob Marley or James Taylor, there are a lot of songs that got me through hard times growing up. To have a kid come up after a show and say, I was really contemplating suicide and I heard your song, what do you say to that? That's obviously much bigger than just four guys playing music. But it's an amazing feeling.

    • Jon Foreman: When you write a song that's super-personal, you don't know if people are going to understand it. One thing I've learned is a lot of times the most personal songs I've ever written are in fact the most universal.

    • Jon Forman-We all love to surf and have been surfing all our lives so to us, the name made sense. To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It's about change and movement, a different way of approaching life and music.

    • Jon Foreman: I think you learn as an artist to make the music for a higher purpose than simply what the reactionary media's going to do with it.

    • Tim Foreman: There's a lot of accountability involved with sharing your take on life with a million other people, but I think that's a good thing.

    • Tim Foreman: You can't just kinda ignore any sort of negative press but then believe the positive press. You kinda have to play both sides of it.

    • Jon Foreman: Whether it's divorce, or the lack of our ability to keep peace or even the partisan politics going on right now, we are constantly falling apart on a social scale. Somewhere in there is the idea that good things happen to bad people, not bad things happen to good people.

    • Chad Butler: It's an interesting thing now looking at my life and seeing myself on the road with my kids—many times in a 15-passenger van with guitars all around us—and feeling like I have just an amazing heritage of faith. My dad definitely influenced me in my spiritual journey.

    • Chad Butler: I would definitely call myself a follower of Christ. I grew up in a Christian household.

  • One of the BEST Christian/Alternative bands ever.

    Switchfoot is friggin' wicked awesome!!!!! I absolutley LOVE 'em and they are one of my top 3 favorite bands. I love their style of music. It's so fresh. Nothing like all the other music that's out there, and it's a nice change. Their lyrics are so powerful and actually heartfelt. Not some slapped together crap that makes NO sense. (Crap. Still have 33 words to go. xD) Ok...umm..I LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE like LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LoVE LOVE LoVE LoVE Switchfoot SOOOO much!!! They're the best!!moreless
  • A great American rock band.

    I first heard of this band back during Season 2 of The O.C. Their song 'Dare you to Move' featured, and grew on my very quickly. At the time though, I never got into any of their other music.

    A year later, the 'The Blues' (my all time favourite Switchfoot song) featured as the CODA in a One Tree Hill episode, and since then I have never stopped loving this band. I got my hands on 'Nothing is Sound', and absolutely loved it. One of the best "Whole" albums I've heard in quite a while. It is such an easy CD to listen to, and the lyrics in each song flow so smoothly.

    I waited eagerly for their latest album, 'Oh! Gravity', and to be honest, when I first heard the title of this album I wasn't sure what to expect, but after a few weeks of listening, this album has grown on me very quickly. 'Faust, Midas and Myself' (I love the rhythm of this song, it's a joy to listen to) would be my favourite song off the album closely followed by 'Oh! Gravity', 'Dirty Second Hands', and '4:12'.

    As for their first 4 albums, one day I'm sure I'll have a look into them, but for now the tunes from their latest album are enough to keep me listening for quite a while.moreless