Switchfoot at Big Air Denver, 01/25/11

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Photo Britt Chester

Switchfoot
Civic Center Park | 1.25.11

Last night, under the orange sky that blanketed the city, Switchfoot squeezed a quick set in at the Big Air event in Civic Center Park. No opener. No warm-up. Just four guys coming out from San Diego to entertain a frozen mass of skiers, snowboarders and industry big-wigs in town for the week's snow festivities. Nothing says gnarly like some good ol' contemporary butt-rock.

The Bud Light stage that sat in front of the City and County Building may have been the coolest thing to ever grace the edifice. A spectrum of lights flickered on key to the songs making the building look as if it were being watched on a 3D television. Seriously, it was kind of nauseating, but even more so, it was an entrancing illusion, almost like the cliche train wreck metaphor where you can't stop watching. Regardless, you couldn't help but stare because Switchfoot was playing directly in front of it.

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Photo Britt Chester

Switchfoot opened the night with the hit song "Meant to Live," which is perhaps tucked away somewhere in your private collection from the late teen years of NOW! Thats what I Call Music series. Or not. "Meant to Live" sounded good, but it just didn't fit the moment. After commenting on how great it is to play under the stars (an obviously staged moment as Denver allowed almost ZERO visibility last night for that), the guys rolled into their next hit, ahem, "Stars."

A near perfect cover of the Beastie Boys "Sabotage" came next. Is it appropriate for a pop-rock band to cover the Beastie Boys? It sounded fine, hell it sounded actually spot on, but the question remains.

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Photo Britt Chester

Another cover of the night was ripped from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. "Won't Back Down" was incredibly well received. Even so, it's just not Tom Petty, and that song has some key moments where Tom Petty's vocal draw is unmatchable. Just the same, they could've covered a much worse song, maybe something by Lit or Vanilla Ice.

"Dare You To Move" closed Switchfoot's 45 minute set, which, by then, was covered by a heavy flurry of snow and the finals for the Battle of the Brands was about to commence.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
Personal Bias: Not too sure who hired Switchfoot for this event. Probably someone who associated "Switch" and "Foot" with the ski and snowboard terms. Where's the reggae? Where's the bass (heavy and dirty, not plucked and slapped)?
Overheard: "If I wanted to hear this music, I would've turned on 93.3 and stayed in."



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11 comments
lexii
lexii

That was.. interesing. You are an incredibly biased reporter… even making your compliments sound like insults. The sad thing is, you weren’t even commenting on the musical or lyrical quality…. only on the *style* of music. That’s a personal preference. You wanted reggae. If I was there, I wouldn’t have enjoyed reggae. That would be like, me commenting on a metal band and giving them a terrible review because I didn’t like the screaming. Not that I thought they did it badly, but that I simply didn’t like it.Personal Preference.

Jordan Dorsett
Jordan Dorsett

sounds like this guys mad his cover band wasn't hired. do any journey britt?

Mark
Mark

Britt Chester- I am disappointed in you lack of research, writing, anything involved with this review. First off- please get song names correctly (ie. Dare You to Move). Secondly, it was an hour set not 45 minutes, did you go? because if you did you would have known. Thirdly, Meant to Live was a great start, a way to set the mood, and get it rocking. Also, your stars comment, and in actuality they made a comment on how there were no stars and how they were playing under stars, but good try. I am disappointed in you and westword for allowing you to attend and critique a show, because you are obviously not ready, or you simply didn't have the attention to focus.

John
John

Ummm, 'Dare You To Move' is the song. I wasn't there, but I'm pretty sure that was the song.

Britt
Britt

It's true, I was half-heartedly expecting music which is actually heard in ski/snowboard films, as this was a ski/snowboard event. But, as stated, the covers were great. The lights, had you been there, were nauseating and that in no way is a statement on the music. It's a statement on the lights. I think it says "spot on" when describing the sound of "Sabotage," too. Also, feel free to check out "NOW! That's What I Call Music - Volume 16...which has "Meant To Live" by Switchfoot on it.

Dustin Reed
Dustin Reed

song title not amended. it still says "Dare You To Run".

pack
pack

No it wasn't.

pack
pack

Ski and snowboard movies like Warren Miller, which Dare You to Move was indeed in.

Britt
Britt

Correct, it was. Touche.

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