Joseph Llanes for AOL
Late last month, Switchfoot unveiled 'Vice Verses,' the San Diego group's eighth studio album. This time out the band enlisted the help of producers Neal Avron (Sara Bareilles, Fall Out Boy) and Mike Elizondo (Maroon 5) and the results are stunning. Stuffed to the rafters with one melodic triumph after the other, the record could quite possibly be Switchfoot's finest work yet.
Switchfoot recently filmed a video for 'Restless,' one of the standout tracks from 'Vice Verses,' and we're thrilled to bring you its premiere. AOL Music also caught up with vocalist Jon Foreman and asked him for some background on the song and video. As a bonus, we had a photographer at Switchfoot's Oct. 11th show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles and we've included an exclusive photo gallery of the band on and backstage.
"We were touring in the UK and I was lying in bed and watching the rain hitting the window. I remember thinking to myself that every single raindrop had its own story. Every one of them had a story to tell during their pursuit to finally hit the ocean.
"So then I started thinking about my own life and things I've been relentless about. The music, the art... everything. The song was inspired by my yearning for those things. "I tend to write songs about things in life that puzzle me. A lot of these things I can't figure out any other way. It seems that songwriting has become the bridge to a lot of the transcending elements of our world," said Foreman.
The Switchfoot frontman admitted that he hasn't always been that thrilled with their videos, but this time out everything fell into place. "Yeah, they don't always turn out the way you pictured them to, but this video we kind of did ourselves, with the help with our friends at Hurley. They've been amazing to us throughout the years and have become co-conspirators on a lot of our projects. We feel that these songs truly come to life in a live setting so we wanted to deliver a video that captured that feeling. I'm really excited with the way it turned out."
AOL photographer Joseph Llanes talks about his experience working with Switchfoot:
"Switchfoot have always been local heroes in my hometown of San Diego Calif. I had never been to any of their shows and was not sure what to expect. These songs were massive. Their show reminded me of a bigger stadium band performance like U2 or Coldplay. Their connection with the audience and the crowds participation was unreal. Being fairly familiar with some of their radio hits, I was equally impressed with the lesser known songs and how well they connected and moved the audience.
"As documentary live performances photo sessions go, you can't find a better band to work with then Switchfoot. The energy Jon Foreman and the band puts into their performance came across authentic and inspiring. The guys were really kind and accommodating to work with. Talking to other photographer friends about my experience, we all agreed that "those guys just get it"."