1. Let’s talk about your new album. What’s the main message you want to get across through Hello Hurricane?
Tim: A lot of it comes from the album title – Hello Hurricane was decided before we had even written the song. Before we really developed what type of album it came to be. We also had an experience where we went down to Louisiana after Katrina, where we met a lady there who had lost her leg, her quote was “I walked out of my last house and walked into a new one”. So that stuck with us as a band and helped us out both independently and became our visual when we made this record and our storm will come and standing in the face of that and jump right into it.
2. What can be said about the album cover, does it resemble the beach and the lifestyles of your hometown in San Diego?
Tim: For me, it tells you that the storm is coming and growing up on the East Coast that was one of the signs you saw, all of the animals reacting to this disaster slowly building itself, the birds in particular would signal that the storm was coming but it also has that touch of San Diego that we’ll always have with us.
3. While writing this album you had written four other albums, why the decision on releasing them one after the other?
Tim: We hadn’t really decided on how we’re going to release the rest of them yet. It was a perfect time for us being an independent band and building our own studio and the results of that was 80 songs and some of them fit together better than others – creating their own categories and having those songs be thrown into that particular area that’s the album that will come forth. As far as releasing the other three we haven’t put the plans out yet. But we chose these songs for a reason which was the motto: “They have to be songs you want to die singing”.
4. Are you excited about going out on this mini tour, what venues/cities are you looking forward to the most?
Tim: It’s going to be a real challenge for us, what we’ve done is set it up where we play Hello Hurricane from start to finish all 12 tracks in order and we’ve never done anything like that before. That’s definitely going to take some practice, and what we’re currently doing right now in our studio here in San Diego. At the same time we’re looking for new challenges and one we’re looking forward to.
5. What’s one that hasn’t been said about Hello Hurricane?
Tim: This was the hardest record we’ve made as a band. You normally have a goal, and then try to find the best ways to get there. With this album we had no idea where the finish line was going to end up. So we ended up going in numerous directions and then found the right path and during this process we spent the past 2 and ½ years putting a lot of work into it.
6. You guys plan on performing on Jimmy Kimmel again, last time and actually first time I saw you guys play back in 05, how much do you think your band has grown since then?
Tim: I think we’ve grown quite a bit and to focus on the live portion for a minute, we’ve toured restlessly for the past four years and as far as what we can do as a live band, the recklessly of it all was worth it. It’s exciting to experience every day, no knowing what’s going to happen – like trying to recreate it over and over again.
7. How about DVD’s only DVD available is your “Live in San Diego” (2003), I have not seen your other newer releases “Live at the Ventura Theatre and The Best Yet Live in Nashville” are those available in stores or online?
Tim: I’m not sure, we do have a great relationship with our fans and we put everything right into the website and it’s the barrier between us and our fans.
8. Did you guys record any cover songs for this album?
Tim: No we didn’t we had a hard enough time trying to figure which of the 90-something songs to get on this record. *Laughs*
9. If you had to run into yourself 10 years ago and tell yourself what you’re in store for what would you say?
Tim: Wow…. I guess I would say, perspective is one of the most important things, the highs and the lows of everyday life, the highs aren’t as high as you think and the lows aren’t as low as you think it’s like a roller coaster.
10. Anything else you’d like to add?
Tim: No I think that’s it.
Check out our review of Hello Hurricane here: Switchfoot’s Seventh Album Hello Hurricane Proves to Be a Hit
Natalie Perez has been a Music/Entertainment Journalist for 7 years now having first started out with her middle and high school newspapers. She now writes for a handful of various online and print publications.