SOURCE: Atlantic Records

December 16, 2009 17:29 ET

SWITCHFOOT Kicks Off 2010 With Performances on "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" and at ESPN's National Championship Tailgate

Band Extends North American Tour and Continues Food Drive Benefiting Local Food Banks; Songs From SWITCHFOOT's New Album, "Hello Hurricane," Licensed by Verizon, "One Tree Hill," "Vampire Diaries," the Film "To Save A Life," Opening January 22nd

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 16, 2009) - SWITCHFOOT will kick off 2010 with a performance on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" on Monday, January 4th. Later that week, the band will be one of two groups playing the ESPN National Championship Tailgate, which will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium just before the Alabama Crimson Tide face the Texas Longhorns in the Citi BCS National Championship Game on January 7th.

The band has been playing sold-out shows since November, coinciding with the release of its latest album, "Hello Hurricane," which debuted in the Top 15 of The Billboard 200. The North American tour, which has been extended through January, features SWITCHFOOT playing "Hello Hurricane" in its entirety, followed by an assortment of fan favorites from its previous albums. SWITCHFOOT will continue to collect donations for local food banks along the way, so fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the shows. (See below for the itinerary and a list of food banks that will receive donations.)

"Mess Of Me," the lead single from "Hello Hurricane," is used in the trailer and television commercials for Samuel Goldwyn's Films' "To Save A Life," which will be released on January 22nd. You can check out the trailer at:

http://tosavealifemovie.com/index.php

The track has also been tapped for use by NHL Music Nights on Fox Sports Net and by ESPN for college football bumpers. Numerous other tracks from "Hello Hurricane" have been licensed -- "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)" was used in the recent Verizon Wireless ad campaign for the BlackBerry® Storm™ 2 while "Bullet Soul" was selected for WWE's "TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs" pay-per-view. "Yet" was heard in The CW's new hit show, "The Vampire Diaries," while the network's "One Tree Hill" used six minutes of the epic "Your Love Is A Song" to close a recent episode.

Recorded with producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Rilo Kiley, Eminem, and Pink), "Hello Hurricane" is SWITCHFOOT's seventh full-length and its first on Atlantic Records. The band was featured in a Rolling Stone "In The Studio" piece and on the cover of Relevant Magazine while the new album was a critic's pick in USA Today's Fall Music feature. "On 'Needle and Haystack Life,' singer Jon Foreman works his breathy croon over surging pop-punk guitars; 'This Is the Sound' has a brutish, heavy-metal vibe; 'Enough' rides a percolating art-folk groove; and 'Bullet Soul' could be something by Swedish garage rock band the Hives," said Billboard while Alternative Press hailed the title track as "an uplifting, hope-giving affirmation of resurgence."

Band members Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) are continually seeking new ways to convey that message of hope. In that spirit, they are launching a new website, http://www.theworldyouwant.com, which will spotlight goodness, beauty, and truth in everyday life. Fans are invited to contribute stories about people they know who are making this world a better place. With the holidays quickly approaching, Jon Foreman addressed the timely topic of "Compassion vs. Consumption" in the second of two articles he penned for The Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-foreman/compassion-vs-consumption_b_369800.html

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Date    City/State           Venue                  Food Bank

12/19   San Bernardino, CA   The Coussoulis Arena   Cal State
                                                    San Bernardino CAPSBC
1/7     Pasadena, CA         Rose Bowl (ESPN show)  no food bank attached.
1/8     Reno, NV             Knitting Factory       Assistance League
                                                    Reno-Sparks
1/9     San Francisco, CA    Regency Ballroom       San Francisco Food Bank
1/10    Medford, OR          Main 1 Arts Center     ACCESS Food Services
1/11    Portland, OR         Crystal Ballroom       Oregon Food Bank
1/12    Seattle, WA          Showbox                Northwest Harvest Food
                                                    Bank
1/13    Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom     Greater Vancouver Food
                                                    Bank
1/15    Edmonton, AB         The Starlite Room      Edmonton Food Bank
1/16    Calgary, AB          Macewan Hall           Calgary Inter-Faith
                                                    Food Bank
1/17    Saskatoon, SK        Louis' Pub             Saskatoon Food Bank
1/18    Winnipeg, MB         Garrick Centre         Winnipeg Harvest
1/21    Kitchener, ON        Elements               The Foodbank of
                                                    Waterloo Region
1/22    Toronto, ON          Phoenix Theatre        Daily Bread Food Bank
1/23    Montreal, QC         Studio Jpr             Moisson Montreal Food
                                                    Bank

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