|Switchfoot Takes A New Kind Of Step | Posted November 09, 2013
This 3 track Ep, Released in Sept. 2013, is a step in a new direction for the alt rock band who has found success in both Christian and mainstream circles. A preview of the new film and album, we can expect more from the band in January, but for now this will have to do.
Most EP's that come out these days generally suffer under the weight of one good song followed by weaker material, but that is not the case here. Switchfoot makes every second count on this release. Starting off with "Who We Are", we are treated to a different sound, and hopefully this is a sign of a new style for the band because it works. Gone are the grungey guitars and alt rock sound. Here the focus is on Synths, rhythm, and a shout along chorus. If this had been released a few months earlier it would have been the runaway hit of the summer. With a sound that reminds me of another mainstream act, Imagine Dragons, this song should get everyone moving.
With track two, "Love Alone Is Worth The Fight" they don't let up and continue in the anthemic pop rock direction. This is the not quite the Switchfoot I am accustomed to, but I love it. You can rock to it, dance to it, sing with it, and if they continue in this direction I think they will find themselves endeared to a brand new generation that didn't grow up with "dare you to move."
For the final track, they do return to the alt rock sound they are more noted for. Here we are treated to those distorted megaphone in a box style vocals that seem to dominate the alternative scene these days. But instead of sounding copycat to other acts, it sounds brand new in the hands of Switchfoot.
Overall, this release is one of the most excited sounding Switchfoot records in years. I can't wait to hear the full album when it comes out. Listen to this, and I think you will be just as pumped.
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