We're the Dark Horses - An Interview with Switchfoot
Beliefnet discusses music and belief with members of the Grammy winning rock band.
BY: Stephen Russ
An interview with Jerome Fontamillas
Tell me a bit about Vice Verses.
Well, the title of the album came from a song that we recorded during the previous recording session forHello Hurricane
. We knew that the next album was going to be calledVice Verses
. So we already had an idea for this albumVice Verses
and so after a couple years, we started recordingVice Verses
and it actually came in pretty fast. I mean it fell into place really well. We recorded like 15 songs and we did it in a two or three month span and we’re real excited about the outcome.
Is any more of this material from the last album or is it all brand new?
For the last album we recorded 90 songs and there were a lot of songs that we wanted to put in Vice Verses. [In the end] I think only maybe a couple songs made it intoVice Verses
. Jon, he’s a writing machine so he just writes, and those songs are ones we’re really excited about. Vice Verses actually was one of the songs from theHello Hurricane
sessions that made it to this which is interesting because that’s the title of the album.
That’s interesting. I’m a musician and I can’t imagine recording 90 songs. What is that like?
The great thing is we built our own studio in San Diego during that time so it was a lot easier to just go in and just lay it all out there. We didn’t have any time constraints so we didn’t have pressure from anyone. We could just go in there and start recording and that’s the idea – to just go in there and record whatever is on your mind. Record whatever is in your heart, whatever, and all of sudden, you know, you have a collection of about 90 songs.
I know you’ve been in several different groups. How is the process of writing an album different in Switchfoot than in other groups?
I was in a couple bands before Switchfoot and those other bands stylistically were totally different from Switchfoot. I was in a band called Mortal that was like industrial Goth. Very electronic and Switchfoot is more of a rock band, but performing and writing with Switchfoot has been incredible because they said, when they asked me to join them, “you know, we really like the added element of what you bring and the skies the limit.” Whatever you think is great, or good musically, that’s what we want. They gave me free reign.