On the lead single from their ninth studio album Fading West
, Grammy Award-winning alt-rock band Switchfoot look back to a time when they'd just begun to push toward their dreams of bringing their music to the world. Featuring choir-like backing vocals from the band members' children-as well as the blend of edgy atmospherics and bright, breezy melodies that's become a hallmark of Switchfoot's emotionally intelligent and uplifting brand of rock- "Who We Are" embodies both a sweetly youthful spirit and the hard-won, highly impassioned joy that comes from triumphing through 17 years as a band. Throughout Fading West-the latest addition to a catalogue that has sold 5.5 million copies worldwide, including 2003's double-platinum breakthrough The Beautiful Letdown
and 2009's Grammy Award-winning Hello Hurricane
-Switchfoot reflect on their journey while wholeheartedly exploring all the pain and wonder of the present. According to frontman Jon Foreman, hitting that balance required a great deal of rediscovery on the part of the band. "The point became, What are we going to do to push ourselves?'" says Foreman of the earliest stages of Fading West
's creation. "Could we take ourselves somewhere we'd never been before, yet achieve a feeling of comfort at the same time? How do we go to a new place that feels like home?"