Rarely does a rock band combine explosive guitars with an intense longing for meaning. Jon Foreman and Switchfoot, however, yearn for something more than what pop-culture is selling. If I'm content as an artist to write a hit song or have a platinum record, then I'll have failed a lot of my fellow human beings, says Foreman. We have the best jobs in the world because we play music for a living and love doing it, but we didn't get into this to try and sell something. For us, it's about communicating and connecting with people on a different level.
On the Columbia/RED Ink debut The Beautiful Letdown, Foreman opens up with self-revelatory songs about hope, love, faith and the desire to be more than what he's been sold. In spacious settings, the singer connects with subtle emotional power, surveying a landscape of mediocrity in More Than Fine, digging for painful truths in title track Beautiful Letdown and stepping on a distortion pedal to scream about the dissonance of the modern age in Ammunition. On lead single Meant To Live, inspired by TS Elliot's The Hollow Men, he strives to survive in a world where love and hate breathe the same air.
Produced by John Fields (Andrew W.K.) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge (Goo Goo Dolls, Michelle Branch), Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Rolling Stones) and Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, No Doubt), The Beautiful Letdown entered the Billboard Top 200 this past spring at #85. The album, which The Orange County Register described as a rousing rock testament of hope, dreams and inspiration, can attribute its early success to lead single and Modern Rock radio hit Meant To Live.
An opening song of the "Beautiful Letdown" album is all anthemic alt-rock crunch "Meant To Live". The song's companion video was directed by Laurent Briet (Radiohead). Click here to see the "Meant to Live" video now!