One of the soundtrack essentials of Christian youth retreats everywhere, Switchfoot nudged the sheltered kids of the '90s into the unholy universe of Green Day, Weezer and Blink-182, and whatever non-christian beginner band you were drawn to on MTV2. Driven by moderate chord progressions that suggested some edge without raising eyebrows from helicopter parents, the Jesus-lovin' rockers served as a sort of gateway drug for cautious preteens facing the seductive lure of pop rock’s anarchy.
The youth targeting of Switchfoot’s hit “Dare You to Move” prepped beginner ears for the harsher tones of whatever pop punk played inside the dim corridors of Hollister and Abercrombie.
Even now a certain thrill accompanies these family-friendly ghosts of the past. Their upbeat riffs and repetitive choruses about seizing the day and moving forward despite negativity made us who we are today. And, hey, everyone has to start somewhere.
We all appreciate the throwback, so catch these dudes for a show at the Aztec on next March.
$43, Tue March 19, 7:30pm, The Aztec Theatre, 104 N. Saint Mary’s St., theaztectheatre.com
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