Switchfoot breaks out old and new material for fans

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009


Lindsay Craig

SADLY, THOSE AREN'T THE HEADLIGHTS OF AN ONCOMING TRUCK BEHIND HIM. Pop rock outfit Switchfoot brought its radio friendly sound and fan dedication to Cowboys last Thursday.

While most students were vacationing, Switchfoot and Copeland braved London’s stormy weather to play at Cowboys Ranch last Thursday.

The show was part of a lengthy North American tour supporting Switchfoot’s sixth release, Oh! Gravity.

Opener Copeland was welcomed by a sea of blank faces; most of the crowd was unfamiliar with these Florida rockers.

Copeland played a fairly lengthy set, during which lead singer Aaron Marsh alternated playing guitar and keyboards. The cramped stage made the performance awkward, and other than Marsh’s sporadic movements, the band wasn’t very exciting.

When San Diego’s Switchfoot took the stage, Cowboys’ atmosphere was immediately energized. From the first song, it was clear Switchfoot could offer a more intense show than its openers.

The band performed past hits before playing new material. The songs were equally well received by audience members, who seemed to know every word.

Some fans requested songs so old, the band didn’t even remember how to play them. The set list perfectly mixed hits and fan favourites.

It’s not often a band sounds better live than on disc, but Switchfoot did. The engaging set included bringing a fan onstage and multiple trips to the barrier.

Frontman Jon Foreman even donned a cowboy hat and improvised a tribute song to London. The steamy venue was filled with exhausted fans by the encore.

Although the show was energetic, there was noticeably less running and jumping than at most Switchfoot shows.

Despite Copeland’s subpar set, Switchfoot’s intense performance easily exceeded fans’ expectations.

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