Fiction Family just put out their new Holiday EP for FREE on Noisetrade! Click HERE to download it. It contains two sampler songs from their upcoming album, Fiction Family Reunion, releasing January 29, along with 2 b-sides and 2 exclusives. Don’t miss it!
Earlier this week, the Fiction Family album was leaked on an unofficial fan-made soundcloud account. Since then, the page has been removed by management, but copies are still roaming tumblr. If you have re-blogged a track, please delete the post, and if you know of any audio posts, please ask the blogger to remove them.
Also, I’ve seen a few examples of this and it needs to stop as well: leaving nasty anonymous messages to tumblr users will not help the issue. Most of these users did not know the track was leaked unofficially.
The Fiction Family leak is NOT official. It’s NOT okay to share/upload/record any tracks you managed to get during the hours the album was out. The leak was not “okayed” by anyone connected to Fiction Family. I contacted Jon about it this morning and he immediately acknowledged that this was not supposed to happen and needed to come down. PLEASE stop sharing these tracks! PLEASE do not search for them. PLEASE respect Fiction Family enough to allow them to release the songs when THEY want to, in THEIR time frame.
“It’s All Wrong, But It’s Alright.” - My Switchfeed Closes Its Doors
541 posts. 213 pages. 956 comments.
Over the course of the last year, I’ve worked alongside many of you in an effort to build up My Switchfeed - the Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, and Fiction Family fansite. Recently, in the midst of our construction, the idea I’ve had for a while came to full view as an overwhelming amount of you left feedback. The common thread weaving through my thoughts and the responses from you indicate one main point: what differs us from any other fansite?
Mirroring our friends over at Land of Broken Hearts, lately I’ve been building up the site into exactly them, in a quest to find a purpose. Most of you commented that Switchbeats and the bringing back of the ‘soldiers was something you loved, and something that contained a reason - and so after hard thought and discussion, I’ve decided that I’m going to be heading into it full time.
Starting today, not only will I be working with other fansites to manage Switchbeats, but will be publishing a weekly promotional column over at LOBH on how the singles/albums are doing. In addition, sometime in the next few months, I’m set to launch a fansite for the band Tenth Avenue North. While I’m still working on a name, I’m gathering information for the site - if you ever want to help me out over there, I’d much appreciate it.
It would stink to have to never speak to any of you again, so I’m glad that’s not the case. I’ll be over at the Switchfoot Boards, LOBH, Switchbeats, and almost any other place you can think of. As I move yet again to another chapter, it’s nice to know I’ll still be keeping the support and friendship gained from you all.
Yes, after one year, My Switchfeed is closing down - but in reality, I’m just moving along. Things will still be the same. It’s all wrong, but it’s alright.
Did you know? My Switchfeed’s first post, while it was lost in the transfer to Wordpress, was a recording of “Chem 6a.” It’s all wrong, but it’s alright.
Switchfoot covered Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” last night in Covington. (According to rumor, he also played a new song called “Before Our Time” at an aftershow AND stated that it was highly likely that “Light and Heavy” would be appearing on a record for TWLOHA).
Exclusive Interview with Alex Woodard (For The Sender)
Yeah, this is officially a “lost interview.”
Back in December 2011, I sent over the interview, hoping to uncover additional details on the project. Along the way, something odd occurred in my email, and the response was replaced with a period. The other day, I re-emailed Alex about information on a release date, and was told that the responses were sent over. He graciously forwarded them to me, and here we are!
(Jon is contributing two songs to the “For The Sender” project, “Unbroken” and “Never Alone.” He performed them at the first show back in January. Preview snippets of the songs are available on the FTS website).
Do you plan on making the book and CD available online for purchase? If so, when? Around the time of the performance? (the interview was sent over before the first January performance)
Absolutely. Will likely be available in September. Until then we’ll be releasing videos from the live performance.
Is the book a compilation of the letters and songs, or is it about the project itself?
It’s both, including my own story woven through the letters and lyrics.
Do you plan on continuing the project with more letters you receive through the PO box listed on your site? If so, will you open “For the Sender” to other singers/songwriters, or continue with the group you’ve established?
Yes, we will continue the project… As fa as who is involved, I’m going to let the process dictate who contributes. In other words, we’ll see!
Why do you ask for letters to be handwritten instead of typed or emailed? Do you find that more emotion comes through in a handwritten letter?
In this age of instantaneous expectation, writing something out by hand really makes you think about what you’re communicating. I think we need more of that.
Definitely. Will there be any “For The Sender” performances in the future, or outside of San Diego?
Yes! Details coming soon. We’ve done three shows so far and they’ve all sold out… Best bet is to get on the mailing list so you’ll know about tickets.
I noticed that you mentioned how everybody has a different perspective in their songwriting. Was there a common thread you found in the songs that wove all the artists’ sounds together?
There was a deep thread of hope running through the songs… I’m not sure how much of that was my influence and how much was brought inherently to the table in other people’s writing. Regardless, that’s what we ended up with. A lot of hope.
Alex, thank you so much for your time! Looking forward to the book/CD and future performances.
Tonight, Switchfoot is kicking off their Spring Tour with special guest The Rocket Summer over in Norfolk, VA. The tour will run from today to May 27, and the guys will be heading all over the country. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out dates and purchase tickets if they’re near you.
We sat down exclusively with Bryce Avary (AKA The Rocket Summer) for a quick interview regarding the upcoming tour. Take a look:
Hi Bryce! Thank you for taking the time to do this. Question 1 – How did you get involved with Switchfoot?
Well, we have played several of the same festivals and recently played a show together back in October in Arizona which was amazing. I have known the guys for quite a while since we end up touring some of the same venues and have some of the same friends.
What’s your favorite Switchfoot song?
So many good ones. If I had to though, it would be Awakening.
Nice! Give us a description of your dream tour – the venues, the bands, the fans, etc.
My dream tour… I think you are looking at it!
Fill in the blank – If I didn’t pursue music, I would be a ____.
We have a few totally random, crazy questions to see what kind of a person you are – first one: coke or pepsi?
Dogs or Cats?
Dogs definitely! My lab Reecie might as well be my child. She’s so great.
Snow or Sunshine?
Last one! What’s next for The Rocket Summer?
Brand new album coming JUNE! I couldn’t be more excited for this new season. Can’t wait to kick it off right with my buds in switchfoot. Thanks for the interview and I’m stoked to meet y’all out on the road!
Thank you so much for your time! See you out on the tour!
“Afterlife” Mediabase/Billboard Results for the Week
Even though we’re still under construction, our weekly “Afterlife” results are here - this is the basic week summary:
#23 on Mediabase Alternative
#26 on Alternative Billboard Charts
#8 on the Christian Rock Billboard Charts
#33 on Christian Billboard Charts
#40 on Mediabase Christian Charts (NEW!)
#49 on Rock Billboard Charts
We have entered the Rock Billboard Charts, but since we’re so low, we do not appear on the basic pre-release charts. We find out our spot on those charts tomorrow - check back on our facebook/twitter page for info. (UPDATE: The single is now #49 on Billboard Rock Charts [+1 from last week]).
And detailed results:
Billboard Alternative Chart
Current Position: #26
Last Week’s Position: #25
Song Plays: 361 (+22 from last week)
Other Feats: None
Mediabase Alternative Chart
Current Position: #23
Last Week’s Position: #23
Song Plays: 406 (+37 from last week)
Other Feats: 1 new Mediabase station add this week.
Mediabase Christian Chart
Current Position: #40
Last Week’s Position: #52
Song Plays: 71 (+29 from last week)
Other Feats: 1 new Mediabase station add this week.
Promotional material is up on Switchbeats! Keep spreading the word and requesting “Afterlife.”
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