Vice Verses is a record of tension and release. Its an attempt to describe the polarity of the human experience. The sunlight and shadow. The highs and lows, laughter and pain, hope and fear, doubts and belief, says lead singer/guitarist Jon Foreman. Vice Verses is soul music attempting to get to the heart of the human experience: Living in the tension and turning it into song.
Its that very uneasiness an unwillingness to choose the treadmill over the triathlon that fuels the bands forays into new musical territory and Jon Foremans unflinchingly honest lyrics. Songs like Afterlife and The War Inside take the harder-edged approach of their previous release, Hello Hurricane a step further, creating what Billboard has called powerful, anthemic rockers
like an amalgamation of U2s Achtung Baby, Linkin Park. Overall, Vice Verses is a more eclectic collection than its predecessor with quiet gems like Souvenirs and the title track next to the infectious The Original, reminiscent of Foo Fighters, and the biting, largely spoken-word Selling the News. The rousing lead single Dark Horses makes abundantly clear, we were designed to transcend, to stand up against the darkness.
Working with producer Neal Avron (Weezer, Linkin Park) and executive producer Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent, Pink, Maroon 5 and Fiona Apple), the band recorded most of Vice Verses in their San Diego, CA home studio.
The art comes from the awkward ache. The knot in my stomach usually teaches me more than comfort ever could. The sculptors chisel carves away at the block to bring something new into being. In the same way, we hammer away at the world we're given to bring something new into being. We re-appropriate the past and present to create the future breath by breath.
VIce Verses is Switchfoot's eighth studio album.
Vice Verses CD by Switchfoot was published by EMI in September 2011 and is our 6613th best seller. The ISBN for Vice Verses CD is 5099930672727.