“Hello Hurricane acknowledges the storms that tear through our lives,” states Switchfoot singer and songwriter Jon Foreman. “This album is an attempt to respond to those storms with an element of hope, trying to understand what it means to be hopeful in a world that keeps on spinning.”
With Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot is set to thrive in 2009 with a newfound independence: a new home studio HQ, a new label, and a return-to-roots creativity and sense of purpose. After ten non-stop years of working as the world’s most humble multi-million selling rock band, the hard-charging North County San Diego-based quintet saw recording sessions for their aptly-titled seventh full-length album as a unique chance to reassess, reflect, and rededicate.
“We built our own studio so we wouldn’t be paying and playing by the hour,” says Foreman of their self-styled Studio of the Foot home. Beginning in 2007, the band tracked more than 80 songs and allowed themselves to get lost in the music again and get back to basics. “That’s why we see this album as a new beginning of sorts,” continues Foreman, citing the inspiration that likewise moved bandmate/brother Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keyboards), and Drew Shirley (guitar). “For us it was a feeling of true freedom.”
The album’s driving and urgent “Mess of Me” – with its personal declaration of independence, as Foreman passionately announces to the world that “I wanna spend the rest of my life alive!” – powerfully demonstrates the edge behind the new tones. Not content to settle into a single groove, the band moves from the high flying album opener, “Needle and Haystack Life,” to songs like the stirring “Always Yours” and the sweetly soaring “Your Love is a Song,” which – by its very nature – cries out for many waving hands illuminated by a blue cell phone glow.
The anthemic, riff fueled “This is the Sound,” with its utterly timely generational themes, finds Foreman spitting, “This is the sound from the discontented mouths of a haunted nation!” The “Hello Hurricane” title track is even more poignant when it comes to the band’s perspective on themselves and the world around them. “I’m not talking about ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane,’” says Foreman with a wink before turning reflective. “There is a real despair that I see when we travel around the country… and its music that people turn to in a time like this. I wanted to reach out to those people with song.”
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Stupendous!| Posted November 16, 2009
Incredible work from Switchfoot, who have told their fans that this work was very personal to the entire group. Instrumentals and lyrics are stupendous! Awesome work guys!
Hello Hurricane| Posted November 11, 2009
Wow, this Album is really amazing!!
I heard their latest album and this is one of the most incredible.
send my congratulations on this record and I hope that God continue to give inspiration for writing lyrics and music like this.
God Blessing our lifes!!
switchfoot is back| Posted November 11, 2009
I was slightly diaapointed with the style that switchfoot took on with Qh! Gravity, but think they have returned to thier older sound in Hello Hurricane. Songs like "The Sound" give the album a loud sound, but than there are also great slower songs like "Always", and "Your Love is a Song". Great Album!
Great New Album from Switchfooot!| Posted November 10, 2009
I pre-ordered it so i got it early, and immediately "Free" was one of my favorite songs. I had already heard "Mess of Me" from their earlier released video and liked that song. Not one song have I not liked. The harmony and vocals are great and musically one of my favorite Switchfoot albums already.
Sounds good| Posted November 10, 2009
Pretty good, classic switchfoot style... kinda poppy kinda rocky. I think they did a good job with it. Hello Huricane (the song) is especially nice, has a good rythm and proper conbination of folk and rock.
Hello Hurricane Album Review| Posted November 05, 2009
This is a awesome album from Switchfoot. It features the latest radio single which is Mess Of Me. I also love the music video for Mess Of Me as it is a very awesome. This album is much different than their last album which was Oh Gravity. It seems they add more rock to their songs on this new album. I just loved all of the rockin songs on this album but I would say Mess Of Me would be my most favorite. All fans of Switchfoot should pick up this album when it is released. This is a must buy album for the Switchfoot fans out there who love Switchfoot's music. Be sure to pick up your copy on November 10th when the album is released.
Great Album| Posted October 27, 2009
From start to finish Switchfoot has put together another fine album. In fact it maybe my favorite one that they have put together yet. Very well put together and you can tell they spent time putting it together. I really like Mess of Me, Hello Huricane, Needle in a Haystack but every song is really good. If you like Switchfoot or never have never heard of Switchfoot I recomend Hello Huricane.