Switchfoot is in a position of transition as they’re coming to a close with touring their latest album, Vice Verses, and looking forward to working on their ambitious film/album/soundtrack combo already titled, Fading West. Catching up with Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman, he talked with Alternative Addiction about looking back on Vice Verses and looking forward to Fading West.
“It definitely represents a set of songs and production that essentially embodies where we’re at as a band right now,” said the younger Foreman on where he’d rank Vice Verses among Switchfoot albums. “Some of the other albums were recorded ten years ago, so it’s kind of a difficult comparison. When you give them a little more time to breathe it’s a little easier to pick out which ones stand the test of time. Right now though, it’s certainly one of my favorite albums of ours that we’ve ever done.”
Vice Verses has been a success for Switchfoot. They grew with the album and its contrasting moments. It’s an album that the band says feels like an ‘old favorite’ of fans when they sing along to the songs during shows. Currently on tour with Paper Route, the band will perform their last scheduled performance of 2012 on November 18th in St. Louis. After that, the band is going to place all of their focus on making the music for Fading West, the group’s upcoming film.
“It’s a film that follows us all around the world playing music and surfing,” an excited Foreman noted while speaking of the movie. “We’re completely finished filming it and it turned out way better than any of us could have ever imagined. Now we’re doing a soundtrack to it, which has always been a dream of ours. It poses some exciting new challenges, but when we’re done it will be a proper album with about 13 songs on it. In addition to that, we get to try our hand at scoring and doing some music that we’ve never gotten the opportunity to do. It’s going to be a big undertaking for us, but we’re really looking forward to it.”
Tim didn’t mention how much the band had done as far as the soundtrack to the film, but he did say a lot of the songs that will be on the new record were inspired while making the movie. Foreman says that’s going to be something distinctive about the film.
“A lot of the songs are already in process from being inspired on location as we were filming. That’s something that’s unique. We get to let the listener in visually on what was inspiring us as we were writing these songs,” noted Foreman.
There’s no definite form of distribution for Fading West yet, the band will go through those options when they’re done with the creative process of making the music and putting everything together. But one thing is certain; Switchfoot’s ninth album will be an intriguing one.