SOURCE: Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records

June 25, 2013 09:07 ET

Switchfoot Announces New Music, Feature Film, and Unique Tour

New Album, Fading West, to Be Released This October; Film to Serve as Opening Act on Fall Tour

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 25, 2013) - Grammy-award winning rock band Switchfoot are pleased to announce the release of their ninth studio album as well as the details behind their new feature film, both titled Fading West. The new album will be released this October on Atlantic Records/Word, while the 80-minute film will serve as the opening act on the band's storyteller-style fall tour beginning September 20th in St. Louis, MO. The 43-city tour will also make stops in major markets including Minneapolis, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle. A full tour routing is detailed below. 

A departure from the fuzzy, blistering guitars and bold rock sound of Vice Verses, Fading West takes the classic Switchfoot style and infuses a vast array of cultural influences collected during their 2012 World Tour that can be heard within the rhythms and sonic tapestry of the new record. With daring synth lines, inventive guitars and anthemic harmonies, this collection of songs is bigger and more powerful than anything the band has released to date. Rooted in the same hopeful message and quick turn of phrase that fans have come to love is a renewed expression of change, hope and discovering your place in the world. While not a direct soundtrack, tracks from the new album can be heard throughout the film. 

Inspired by such films as Rattle and Hum and Endless Summer, the Fading West film follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and filmed during Switchfoot's 2012 World Tour, the film charts the creation of the San Diego-based fivesome's upcoming ninth album in its earliest and most unpredictable stages. Part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue, Fading West offers rare glimpses of the longtime surfers on their boards and in the waves, captures the frenetic energy of their live shows, and in the end portrays a journey both epic and intimate. 

The 9th Annual Switchfoot Bro-Am surf contest and concert returns to North County San Diego July 12-13, 2013. The festivities kick off July 12 with the Switchfoot Bro-Am Auction Night Soiree at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, followed by the daylong event at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas on July 13, featuring a variety of activities including a charity surf contest, a nerf surf jousting exposition between surf contest heats, The Rob Machado Bro Junior, and a live concert with Switchfoot on the beach along with special guests Gentleman Hall, Pacific Air, 78 Violet, and Gungor. The evening will round out with the annual Belly Up Tavern After-Party hosted by Switchfoot and featuring performances by Fiction Family, Alekesam, and Makua Rothman. New this year, the Bro-Am is working with Action Sports Productions to add a live Web cast, which will stream the surf contest/concert at Moonlight Beach, allowing supporters from around the US and world to tune in and catch the Bro-Am action live. Information about the Web cast will be posted on the Bro-Am Web site:

As they enter their 17th year as a band, Switchfoot have sold 5.5 million copies worldwide of their eight studio albums (including their 2003 double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane), racked up a string of Alternative radio hit singles ("Meant to Live," "Dare You To Move," "Mess of Me," "The Sound (John M. Perkins' Blues)," "Dark Horses," and "Afterlife"), performed sold-out world tours (visiting five continents in the past year alone), raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to aid homeless kids in their community through their own Bro-Am Foundation, and earned themselves a global fan base devoted to Switchfoot's emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of alternative rock.

Sep 20 St. Louis, MO Missouri Baptist University
Sep 21 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater
Sep 22 Minneapolis, MN Northwestern College
Sep 23 Minot, ND Minot State University
Sep 25 Chicago, IL Copernicus Theatre
Sep 26 Des Moines, IA Hoyt Sherman
Sep 27 Mt. Olive, NC Mt. Olive College
Sep 28 Grand Rapids, MI Calvin College
Oct 1 Nashville, TN Franklin Theatre
Oct 2 Ft. Wayne, IN Indiana University of Ft. Wayne
Oct 3 Cincinnati, OH The Underground
Oct 4 Detroit, MI Royal Oak
Oct 5 York, PA Penn State
Oct 6 Glenside, PA Keswick Theatre
Oct 8 Boston, MA Wilbur Theatre
Oct 9 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Oct 10 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Oct 16 Charlottesville, VA Paramount Theatre
Oct 17 Washington DC Sixth And I Synagogue
Oct 18 Elizabeth City, NC Mid Atlantic Christian University
Oct 19 Elkins, WV Davis Elkins University
Oct 20 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
Oct 23 Vero Beach, FL Vero Beach PAC
Oct 24 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater
Oct 26 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
Oct 27 San Antonio, TX Trinity University - Laurie Auditorium
Oct 28 Waco, TX Baylor University
Oct 29 Lubbock, TX City Bank Auditorium
Oct 31 Denver, CO Colorado Christian University
Nov 1 Aspen, CO Belly Up
Nov 2 Albuquerque, NM Lobo Theater
Nov 3 Phoenix, AZ Grand Canyon University
Nov 5 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
Nov 6 Los Angeles, CA The Fonda
Nov 7 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
Nov 8 Santa Barbara, CA The Luke Theater
Nov 9 Chico, CA El Rey Theatre
Nov 13 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
Nov 15 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
Nov 16 Newberg, OR George Fox University
Nov 17 Yakima, WA Capitol Theater
Nov 18 Missoula, MT University Theatre (UMT)
Nov 23 Longview, TX Le Tourneau University
Nov 24 Abilene, TX Abilene Christian University

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