There’s a little band from a quaint Southern California town that I have been, following … for lack of a better word, since 1998. I was 15. To really put things into perspective, I am now 30. Half of my life. In those 15 years, I have seen them perform, in a number of formations, 60 different times.
This sounds slightly psychotic, but to clarify, these guys are extremely accessible. One of my favorite qualities in a band. I say this because egos are the death of respect, in my opinion.
On a quiet Monday night, the 3rd of February, Switchfoot packed out the Casbah in San Diego to celebrate the release of their ninth album, Fading West. A show like this, for a band like this, is a rarity. The Casbah is the size of a large living room, with a stage that is maybe 2 feet high without any barriers. You could actually sit on the shoes of the band if you so desired. But despite the lack of production (including lighting, sorry about the darker photos), Switchfoot flawlessly pulled off a sound deserving of an arena. They are top-notch musicians to the core.
WIth a set list spanning 8 of their 9 albums, the guys (Jon, Tim, Chad, Jerome & Drew) were in this for fun. It was evident as they smiled and goofed off during songs, and even forgot how to play one of their own songs while remembering a Beastie Boys cover. If they ever stop having fun, they need to stop plugging in. This is why their fans love them.
Before the encore, they left the stage and headed outside. With just the 5 of them and their stage manager standing around, they hugged and encouraged each other on a set-well-played. It was an honest moment, a thankful moment. They love their home town, they love their fans, and they love what they do.
Take a look at what the night looked like to me.
If you want to catch Switchfoot on the road this spring, you’re in luck! They are hitting the road on February 20th for 46 tour dates across the country. There’s a great chance they are coming close to you! Find your city and get your tickets here: TOUR DATES