The alternative rock band Switchfoot was formed in California, in 1997. The current lineup includes Joe Foreman, Tim Foreman, Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas, and Drew Shirley. The band is particularly famous for such songs as “Meant to Live”, “Dare You To Move”, and “Stars”. The band earned numerous awards, including a Grammy and 12 San Diego Music Awards.
The band is very famous for their so-called Switchfoot sound. A thick guitar sound mixed with electronic improvisations and light ballads. The name Switchfoot comes from the surfers’ language. It describes the process of the surfer switching feet in order to achieve a better position on the surfboard. The band members were big fans of surfing ever since they were children. Using such name for the group meant, as per the band members words, switching gears to get a new approach to music and life.
The band was initially called Chin up. The first lineup included John and Tim Forman and Chad Butler. After giving several concerts in 1997, the band members met Charlie Peacock and signed a deal with his label Re:think Records. That’s when the band changed the name to Switchfoot.