Switchfoot Doesn’t Flip-Flop
By Kyle Robinson
Whether or not they want to be identified as Christian rock, San Diego quintet Switchfoot is a thoroughly Christian band. While removed from the overt Christian themes found in early albums New Way to Be Human and Learning to Breathe (songs of which appear on the A Walk to Remember hit soundtrack), Switchfoot’s latest material finds the band revisiting the same water that nourished its roots – obliquely, if not directly.
Released in January 2014, Fading West feels like a simultaneous evolution and retrospective for Switchfoot, evoking the characteristically heartfelt emotions of the Foreman brothers’ lyrics while finding substantial crossover appeal. Although sometimes criticized for being less-than-obviously-Christian with their words, Switchfoot nevertheless remains committed to the principles of Christianity and the acts of Jesus Christ. In a 2013 interview, Jon Foreman said, “Christ didn’t come and die for my songs, he came for me…I can only conclude that our God is much more interested in how I treat the poor and the broken and the hungry than the personal pronouns I use when I sing”. Food for thought! More of his thoughts on the “Christian rock” label and his personal faith can be found here: http://ctkblog.com/2013/12/05/why-switchfoot-wont-sing-christian-songs/.