GRAMMY Award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT releases their 11th full-length album, Native Tongue, today via Fantasy Records. Throughout 2019, SWITCHFOOT will take the project's message of love and hope to their multitude of fans on the North American leg of their Native Tongue Tour, which kicks off February 14th in Asheville, N.C.
“These are polarizing times, where the loudest voice is often the voice of anger or fear. This album is an attempt to sing that hope into life. To bring a group of diverse songs under one common banner. Hatred is not your native language. Love is your Native Tongue.” – Jon Foreman
SWITCHFOOT celebrated release week with Billboard and TMZ Live sessions and an intimate album release party at the Microsoft Lounge in Culver City, Calif. The band also taped an episode of The Good Life Podcast with Stevie & Sazan as well as a performance for the nationally-televised daytime talk show “Home & Family” that airs today at 10a/9c on The Hallmark Channel (repeats Jan. 21 at 12p/11c).
Reviews are rolling in for the 14-song project, recorded primarily at Melody League Studios in the band's hometown of San Diego, with critics raving:
"From the jamboree in 'Dig New Streams' to the angsty 'Take My Fire,' Native Tongue is music for the thinkers. With complex layers that almost sound like film scores and the diversity of sound throughout, this record takes it back to how it all began for the band." - Tara Shea, Cryptic Rock
“It’s remarkable just how universal and well understood Native Tongue is. Two decades plus and boasting 11 studio albums, the long and short of it is SWITCHFOOT are criminally underrated.” - Anna Rose, Hysteria Mag
“This album feels like a triumph in the face of the adversity that life often presents, a treat to the ears that is delivered sweetly but with the just amount to avoid it becoming sickly.” - Brad Biddlecombe, Alt Corner
“Native Tongue (Fantasy Records) features SWITCHFOOT trying on a few rarely utilized musical flavors." - Dan MacIntosh, California Rocker
“For album No. 11, SWITCHFOOT has moved away from their native tongue of California-styled hard rock to explore more musical languages, in terms of sounds and sub-genres.” - Timothy Yap, Hallels
In a Paste Magazine exclusive, the multi-platinum selling rock band put an end to their brief 2017 hiatus with the announcement of Native Tongue and the Native Tongue Tour with supporting acts Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker. The announcement also revealed the release of the album's title track, which "delivers strong, raspy vocals; pulsing drums; and a bass-bending beat that sounds contemporary and classic all at once" (PluggedIn/Kristin Smith) and accompanying music video.
Throughout the months leading up to the album's highly-anticipated street date, SWITCHFOOT released additional instant grat tracks and YouTube Premieres for "Voices" and "All I Need." The music video for the final instant grat track, "Let It Happen," which celebrates the brotherhood of the GRAMMY award-winning rock band with footage from their 20-plus year career," premiered in a Billboard feature with Jon Foreman.