San Diego rockers Switchfoot plan to release their brand new album "Nothing Is Sound" on September 12. The first single from this highly anticipated new album is entitled "Stars", and will be hitting radio stations later this month. The platinum-selling Christian band penned the songs for the fifth studio album during downtime on their recent headlining tour of North America.
"We brought a practice rig with us on the road -- guitar amps the size of your head and this really tiny fake drum set," says frontman Jon Foreman. "We were backstage banging out new songs all day while we were waiting for sound check."
Switchfoot wrote and recorded the basic tracks on computers and then sent them through cyberspace to producer John Fields, before putting the finishing touches on them in Foreman's garage back home in San Diego. The band debuted many of the new tunes live across America to gauge the response from fans. "It's kinda like what Cream and Led Zeppelin would do," Foreman says, "try out songs live and then they'd have their whole record done."
According to Foreman, the album reflects the intensity of touring and the mindset of a band away from home for months at a time. "It's a rock record," he says. "My favorite rock records have been honest, where you feel them way deeper than your ears."
The album's title comes from a line in the song "Happy Is a Yuppie Word," inspired by a Johnny Cash interview. "The interviewer asked Johnny Cash if he was happy in his life," Foreman says. "And he replied, 'Happy is a yuppie word.' Johnny Cash . . . what more can you say?"
You can hear a clip of the band's upcoming new single "Stars" on the front page of the bands website at www.switchfoot.com or you can watch for full audio of the song on Alternative Addiction within the next two weeks.