Although Columbia Records initially planned to breathe new life into Switchfoot's current album, "Nothing Is Sound" by adding new tracks, Switchfoot leader Jon Foreman says that the San Diego-based group will instead go back into the studio to record a new album.
While "Nothing Is Sound" certainly sold respectably—it has moved 526,000 units since its September 2005 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan—those numbers are a far cry from its predecessor, "The Beautiful Letdown," which has U.S. sales of 2.6 million. The album got off to a rough start when it was one of 15 titles recalled by Sony BMG because software on the CDs behaved like spyware (Billboard, Nov. 26, 2005).
But Foreman is trying to look forward, not back. "As a songwriter, you have a belief in all your kids and I'm really excited about these new tracks. Obviously that's where my heart's at right now," he says. "But at the same time, I look back at those songs and they are kind of tainted by a few of the things that went down last year. But at the end of it all you have to just look at what you've got and we're really thankful that we're making music. "
Tentative release date for the new set is Nov. 7, according to Foreman.