Switchfoot is back. After a lot of postponing and uncertainty on the release date of their new album, Vice Verses, they’re finally set to bring us twelve tracks of new and awesome music on September 27th. While that’s a bit too far away for my liking (tomorrow would be nice), they haven’t left us with nothing but a date. You can swing by their website (or watch the embedded video below) to hear their brand-new and absolutely superlative single, “Dark Horses”. It’s got a harder sound than your typical Switchfoot tune, but Foreman and company play it with passion and power and the song comes out bold, triumphant, and unforgettable. If this is a taste of things to come, I’ll be eagerly waiting at midnight on the 27th to hand over my money. As always, these guys deserve it. Video and lyrics after the jump.
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I love interviews. To this day, the interviews that I had the privilege to conduct with my friends Adam, Jay, and Robert back at the beginning of the year are three of my favorite posts since I started PostADay, and I hope to revive the weekly Pathos interview series soon (you can find those interviews in the “Pathos” category tab to your right. No, down. Too far, back up. Yeah, that one). Whenever I hear that someone I admire is being interviewed, I get all giddy and distractible until I get to read, watch, or listen to it. For example, there’s a new fourteen-minute TV interview with songwriter Daniel Ingram on YouTube right now, and it’s all I can do not to watch it. I have to keep telling my subconscious that if I don’t buckle down and write I won’t have time for either this post or the interview before curfew tonight, but my subconscious hates logic, so he gets all huffy and starts singing “Friday” just to annoy me.
Speaking of interviews, a few weeks ago I made a post in which I asked you guys, the readers, to interview me by leaving questions for me to answer in the comments. Two of you responded, so I’m splitting the answers post into two installments. Today, I’ll answer questions from my best friend IRL, Adam Swensen, and tomorrow I’ll cover the questions from my best friend on the Internet, Tekaramity. So now, without further ado, questions from Adam!
If you could go to either Haiti or Japan right now, where would you go? Why?
I’m not very well informed on either situation right now, but I think I would go to Haiti because it’s a more impoverished area. Even before the disaster it was a bit of a focal point for humanitarian efforts, and now that they’ve undergone so much destruction and devastation they need more help than ever.
Chris Tomlin or Phil Wickham?
Wickham all the way!
Where do you want to see your life in five years?
There are a whole lot of things that I would like to do in the next five years, but I think the biggest two would be to publish a book and start a family. As for where I want to be in my life, the only thing that really matters to me is that I’m a more mature person and Christian than I am now. I always want to be growing, always want to be reaching for better things and higher goals, and as long as I’m becoming more like Christ He can take me wherever He wants me to go.
If there was one thing you accomplished in your life, what would that be?
I want to start something that keeps on making the world a better place and proclaiming the name of Christ long after I’m gone. That’s part of why I’m so enamored with writing, because the written word can reach into places in both time and space that the author could never go and affect people that the author never even gets a chance to meet. Ideally, I’d like to start a charity that reaches out to kids from broken families. My family means the world to me, and one of the things that never fails to shatter my heart is when children are left without that love and support in their lives because their parents either could not or would not stay with them. As long as I have the capacity to love I want to give that love to those who need it most.
What are your favorite attributes of God?
God’s patience astounds me every day. He has been so gracious with me in all of my foolishness and selfishness, through all of the times that I’ve pushed Him aside and refused to surrender my will to His. He’s always waiting to take me back when I realize that I was wrong, and He’s always working through my circumstances to pursue me even when I’m not pursuing Him. I love that about Him.
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook, but mostly because my phone really doesn’t cooperate with Twitter.
Favorite YouTuber? Why?
John Green. He is a fellow author and the most articulate, passionate, thoughtful man on YouTube, and he often inspires me to reach for more as a writer and even as a person and as a friend. He makes me think when most YouTubers are just out to make me laugh. Not that I don’t love a good laugh, of course, but we need more than entertainment and John Green delivers that something more.
Recent music obsession? (Or what you have been listening to) Why?
The music from MLP:FiM Season 1. There’s no official soundtrack released yet, but you can find a lot of the background music and songs on YouTube, and it is spectacular. There are also some great remixes (Eurobeat Brony is the man) and even a few fan compositions that I enjoy greatly, like this one. So. Awesome.
Favorite Needtobreathe song? Why?
“Let Us Love” hands down. It’s such a joyful song, but it’s not a clueless joy. It’s the kind of joy that says, “I know that the world is broken and that life is hard, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t give all we’ve got and love with all of our hearts.” In fact, that’s exactly what the song urges us to do, and that’s an encouragement that we could all use.
If you could only see one band/musician in concert ever, who would that be?
Switchfoot. Absolutely, unequivocally Switchfoot. They are my favorite band, and I’ve heard that they’re unbeatable live. I’d be willing to give up going to concerts for the rest of my life if only I could see them in concert once.
If you could hang out and talk to 3 people for a day, like well known people, who would those 3 be?
John Green and his brother Hank come readily to mind. As for the third, probably Charlie McDonnell. He seems like he’d be a blast to hang out with, and he’s already friends with the Green brothers. Yeah, a day with the Vlogbrothers and Charlie would be pretty much amazing.
“Poparazzi” is one of my favorite classic Switchfoot songs, an anthem of discontent against the ubiquitous and frivolous fifteen-minutes-of-fame futility of pop culture. It’s as catchy as the “ridiculous songs” it decries, but I don’t really mind getting it stuck in my head. In fact, I’d take Switchfoot’s “Poparazzi” over Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” any day, because Switchfoot has something to say that’s worth thinking about, and they say it well. Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave your suggestions for future songs of the week in the comments below.
This is a tune for the poparazzi
The who’s who and the so and so’s
This is a tune for the graven images
Of Marilyn Monroe
We saw your face on the magazine
We heard the song on the MP3
You’re stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
Stuck in my head
You can close your ears and your eyes
But the pop will never leave you alone
Leave me alone with your social mingle
You try so hard to stay on top
Leave me alone with your little jingle
With your picture perfect pop
We read the article in Seventeen
We saw your video on MTV
This is a tune for the late Nirvana
The teen spirit rock and roll
This is a tune for the velvet Elvises
On the 90210
I thought my eyes were gonna get off clean
Till I read your lips on the TV screen
You were busy saying what you didn’t mean
Now everyone’s singing along
With your ridiculous song
You got it stuck
You got it stuck in my head