Switchfoot!

Fortunately, I got an off day yesterday and I can go watch Switchfoot in peace! Went to watch “The Mist” with some of my batch mates. It’s kinda different from Cloverfield, and I think it’s nicer…more exciting and scary. Shows some nice monsters and how people react in times of fear, along with some religious fanatic who’s a bad portrayal of a Christian. quite a bit of suspense too, and bloody.

After that went to meet jon and his friend and he drove us to eat at bedok food centre. there was some crazy guy who wasn’t happy with jon’s friend (a girl) queuing at the stall, and he started scolding some vulgarities. jon tried to defend her and that caused a bit of a ruckus in the place and people started looking at us. the man tried to threaten us into a fight, luckily which we didn’t get into. kinda scary.

We lost our appetite and went to expo. a small crowd was forming, and soon it was obvious that the hall isn’t going to be very full. I think the people who bought the tickets from sistic are kinda cheated, cos the WMUM passes were definitely cheaper. well anyway we got in finally. and sure enough, I think the most there’s probably only about 2000 people around.

the ‘mosh pit’ area was crowded, and I would say it’s my first time in such a squeezy (not fully christian) one. there were many christians nevertheless. the first two local bands kinda wasted some time, think the sound system didn’t do them enough justice. of course we can’t wait for switchfoot to perform. not that they ain’t good.

when switchfoot came, they rocked the house down! their guitar riffs were great and it’s nice to hear the live version of many familiar tunes. the crowd was definitely filled with fans, many singing along to most of the songs, such as “Oh! Gravity” “Stars” “This Is Your Life” “Gone /Crazy In Love mash-up” which was quite interesting, “American Dream” in which they did a freeze-in-the-air for a few good minutes which was pretty photogenic and amazing…too bad I didn’t bring my camera. “Dirty Second Hands” “We Are One Tonight” “Awakening” which is my fav, “Meant to Live”…and also more toned down spiritually linked ones such as “On Fire” “Only Hope” “Learning to Breathe” and one old song which I don’t know. I liked it when Jon played on the acoustic, it sounds really worshippy and nice.

there was this bunch of cool people from calvary assembly which were standing near us, and it was fun to talk to them. one of them can crack lame jokes well like jon. so funny. and there was this guy standing in front of us with his hands held high and jumpin’ almost throughout the whole concert. cm’n man you shouldn’t worship switchfoot. we were almost making fun of him, trying to push him during the jumping, and the calvary people said we should pray for him lol.

jokes aside, you could see the amount of technology in the crowd. 1 in 3 has a camera-phone or camera or dSLR trying to take a video/photo of the concert. most were pretty amateur, I saw one trying to use flash to take a good photo but to no avail as all turned out dark lol. it’s the youtube generation and you can find clips of the concert on youtube.

overall, switchfoot is a great rock band which reaches out to the masses. their message in their lyrics is deep, meaningful and spiritual, yet their music transcends boundaries and is able to penetrate into the secular mainstream radio world. great work they are doing, and their non-pushy down-to-earth approach brings fans all around. I heard they performed at TJC beforehand, lucky kids.

When I look at the stars
I see Someone Else…

I pray to be only be Yours
I know now you’re my only hope…

When I’m on fire
When You’re near me…

She said he said live like no tomorrow
Every moment that we borrow
Brings us closer to the God who’s not short of cash
Hey bono I’m glad you asked
Life is still worth living, life is still worth living…

Salvation is here.

This is your life, are you who you wanna be?