Momentum continues for SWITCHFOOT as fans and critics resonate with the GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band’s message of love and positivity in their new album Native Tongue. The 14-song collection, released January 18 via Fantasy Records, debuted in the Top Ten on multiple Billboard, Amazon and iTunes charts.
Native Tongue secured the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart while also landing at No. 2 on Current Rock Albums, No. 3 on Current Alternative Albums, No. 6 on Top Current Albums and Current Digital Albums, No. 22 on Vinyl Albums and No. 41 on Top 200.
The band’s 11th studio album also charted No. 1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Alternative Rock, No. 6 on Best Sellers in Digital Albums and No. 20 on Best Sellers CDs & Vinyl as well as No. 2 on iTunes Top Albums Alternative and No. 5 on Top Albums All-Genre chart.
Reviews for the project, recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band’s hometown of San Diego, are continuing to roll in with more critics raving:
“It feels like the band is having fun, swinging progressively along on bombastic booms and stopping on a dime to give way to plunking piano keys and snapping fingers. George Martin would be proud.”
– Doug Van Pelt, HM Magazine
“Written in the band’s hometown of San Diego, the record is a radical reinvention of SWITCHFOOT’s established sound.”
– David James Young, Mixdown Mag
“SWITCHFOOT continues to release tracks that emanate its familiar rock sound, but even its newer, softer tunes encompass something everyone can love.”
– Bre Offenberger, The Post Athens
“Native Tongue shows SWITCHFOOT once again channeling their multi-faceted rock sound to give different songs different flavors.”
– Sam Mendez, Ultimate Guitar
“It’s classic SWITCHFOOT from top to bottom, but has enough new ideas sprinkled in to keep the listener coming back for more.”
– John Hisel, New Release Today
The North American leg of SWITCHFOOT’s Native Tongue Tour kicks off February 14th in Asheville, N.C. (Full list of dates below). Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker will join the band as supporting acts.
“We are very excited to go out on tour. I can’t wait to play these songs live for people. There will be a lot of guitar solos. The songs were written with the communal experience that we love,” shared SWITCHFOOT Frontman Jon Foreman in a Digital Journal interview with Markos Papadatos.
Native Tongue Track List:
1. Let It Happen
2. Native Tongue
3. All I Need
5. Dig New Streams
6. Joy Invincible
7. Prodigal Soul
8. The Hardest Art (Feat. Kaela Sinclair)
9. Wonderful Feeling
10. Take My Fire
11. The Strength To Let Go
13. We’re Gonna Be Alright
14. You’re The One I Want
Native Tongue Tour Dates:
Feb. 14 The Orange Peel – Asheville, N.C.
Feb. 15 The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, Tenn.
Feb. 16 Tabernacle – Atlanta, Ga.
Feb. 17 Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 19 The Fillmore Silver Spring – Silver Spring, Md.
Feb. 20 The Fillmore – Philadelphia, Pa.
Feb. 22 Wellmont Theater – Montclair, N.J.
Feb. 23 The Paramount – Huntington, N.Y.
Feb. 24 House of Blues – Boston, Mass.
Feb. 27 Carnegie Music Hall – Munhall, Penn.
Feb. 28 Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario
March 01 House of Blues – Cleveland, Ohio
March 02 20 Monroe Live – Grand Rapids, Mich.
March 03 The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, Mich.
March 05 The Pageant – Saint Louis, Mo.
March 06 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, Ind.
March 08 Park West – Chicago, Ill.
March 09 Park West – Chicago, Ill.
March 10 The Sylvee – Madison, Wis.
March 13 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, Tenn.
March 14 Club Brady – Tulsa, Okla.
March 15 House of Blues – Dallas, Texas
March 16 House of Blues – Houston, Texas
March 18 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, Texas
March 19 Aztec Theatre – San Antonio, Texas
March 21 Iron City – Birmingham, Ala.
March 22 The RITZ Ybor – Tampa, Fla.
March 23 House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
March 24 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 27 State Theatre – Minneapolis, Minn.
March 28 Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, Neb.
March 29 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, Mo.
March 30 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, Colo.
March 31 The Depot – Salt Lake City, Utah
April 03 Rialto Theatre – Tucson, Ariz.
April 04 The Van Buren – Phoenix, Ariz.
April 05 The Wiltern – Los Angeles, Calif.
April 06 Arlington Theatre – Santa Barbara, Calif.
April 07 Warfield Theater – San Francisco, Calif.
April 09 McDonald Theatre – Eugene, Ore.
April 10 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Ore.
April 11 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, Wash.
April 12 Neptune Theatre – Seattle, Wash.
April 13 Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver, British Columbia
SWITCHFOOT has been unearthing all manner of musical gems since their 1997 debut The Legend of Chin, steadily expanding their global fan base and critical reputation through such releases as New Way to Be Human (1999), Learning to Breathe (2000), the multi-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown (2003), Nothing Is Sound (2005), Oh! Gravity (2006), the GRAMMY® award-winning Hello Hurricane (2009), Vice Verses (2011), Fading West (2014) and Where The Light Shines Through (2016). Fading West doubled as the soundtrack to the band’s documentary of the same name. Along the way, SWITCHFOOT established itself as a world-class live act with a series of sold-out world tours, while racking up a string of radio hits, including “Meant to Live,” “Dare You to Move,” “Stars” and “Mess of Me.” Beyond their career achievements, SWITCHFOOT has been active in a variety of philanthropic efforts, raising over two million dollars to aid kids in their community through the band’s own Bro-Am foundation and their annual Bro-Am Beach Fest, a benefit surf contest and concert that’s held every summer in Encinitas, CA. They’ve also maintained a deep commitment to a variety of humanitarian causes, lending their support to such worthy organizations as DATA, the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children, Food for the Hungry, CURE and To Write Love on Her Arms. SWITCHFOOT’s new album Native Tongue, released via Fantasy Records, is available now.