Christmas will have a bit of an edge this year for the members of Switchfoot.
Frontman Jon Foreman says that the faithbased rockers from San Diego have certainly “blocked off a week before Christmas up until a few days after so we can celebrate and enjoy some time with our families.” But the quintet’s sixth album, “Oh! Gravity,” hits stores Dec. 26, so Foreman and company may have a reason to shop beyond day-after sales.
“I’m so excited for it to come out,” says Foreman, 30, “but as a band, we’ve lived with these songs for so long that ... the day after Christmas feels like a long time away. Hope fully, it won’t be on our minds, but maybe we’ll go out and pick up a copy that day and see what it looks like.”
Foreman says fans will hear some new directions from the band, which had a double-platinum success with 2004’s “The Beautiful Letdown” but was let down a bit by gold-level sales for last year’s “Nothing is Sound.” The group has offered a taste of the new album with “Dirty Second Hands,” a track Switchfoot released online.
“There’s a freedom we felt making this record that we haven’t felt in a long time,” Foreman says about the album, produced by Tim Palmer (U2, Tears For Fears). “We kind of had a sense of anything goes.
“You kind of get tired of seeing who can rock harder as far as the loudest, most distorted guitar. You go back to your favorite rock ’n’ roll records, and whether it’s the (Rolling) Stones or the Police or Led Zeppelin, the thing that impresses you most is the humanity of the music.
“We were really bent on making sure that this was a human album.”
And even though the album is not due out for another eight weeks, Switchfoot, which will be touring extensively in 2007, is already playing songs from “Oh! Gravity” in concert.
“As a band, it’s gratifying to play these songs live,” Foreman says. “It’s always great to be playing a song that’s not even out yet and have the first few rows singing along ’cause somebody posted something on YouTube or something like that. That’s really an honor for me.”
Switchfoot and Moses Mayfield perform Thursday (November 2nd) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit
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