SWITCHFOOT’s First Ever Live Streamed BRO-AM Receives Donations from Fans Across 114 Countries Benefiting Local and National San Diego Youth Initiatives
GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT released the official music video for their cover of Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” today. The gorgeous black and white clip, directed by fellow Southern Californian Russell Brownley, sees the band members and some local surfers escaping to the ocean to find themselves. Watch HERE. “Swim Good” is just one of the six carefully selected songs featured on their digital Covers EP released last week via Fantasy Records. The EP also features songs by Vampire Weekend, Harry Styles, The Verve, The Chainsmokers and Jon Bellion. In their 4-STAR review, American Songwriter referred to the new EP as “a well-curated, summer mixtape of modern hits, certain to leave listeners feeling nostalgic.”
SWITCHFOOT on how Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” inspires them: “‘Swim Good’ is one of our favorite Frank Ocean songs. Among the many stand out lines on this track, our favorite is ‘I’ma try to swim from something bigger than me…’. As both surfers and musicians, this feeling is what keeps us coming back to the water and the studio. We’re fighting against the currents and tides to create a better world, not just for ourselves but for those around us. Reminders like this one from Frank Ocean serve as the fuel we need from time to time to keep fighting, to keep singing and to keep swimming.”
This past Saturday SWITCHFOOT brought together people from all over the world for their 16th annual community giving movement, the SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM (broam.org). The iconic annual San Diego event normally gathers over 17,000 people at Moonlight Beach for a surf contest and music festival benefitting local youth initiatives. This year amidst the pandemic BRO-AM united fans from around the globe through a virtual live music event during the first ever BRO-AM live stream. Live stream highlights included performances by SWITCHFOOT, The New Respects, Colony House, Judah Akers from Judah and the Lion, and NEEDTOBREATHE. SWITCHFOOT also gave fans tuning in a first look at the music video for their cover of Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” off their new Covers EP. Drew Shirley (Guitarist of SWITCHFOOT), Chris Cote (World Surf League) and Rob Machado (Professional Surfer) also provided entertaining live commentary throughout the event.
SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Foundation raised over $50,000 to support the increasing need for kids with these six national and local charities: Feeding America, A Step Beyond, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Feeding San Diego, Monarch Schools and VH1 Save The Music. Since the inaugural BRO-AM event in 2005, the annual events have raised over 2 million dollars for youth programs impacting homeless, at-risk and disadvantaged kids. Grants awarded by the SWITCHFOOT BRO-AM Foundation focus on empowering kids with physical and community well-being along with opportunities to thrive through music, art, surfing and education.
Always looking for opportunities to stay connected with their fans, the band just launched a new monthly series of live streams under the banner, SWITCHFOOT & Their Fantastic NOT Traveling Music Show. The series will kick off with the first stream on July 25th and feature two sets, one stripped down acoustic and one full blown rock and roll show. Named after the band’s The Traveling Music Show North American tour in 2019, these new live streamed shows are sure to sate the desire of fans looking for a unique live experience in these unprecedented times. Monthly passes and single stream tickets are on sale now and for more information please visit https://switchfoot.com/collections/live-stream-tickets.