One of this fall’s most feel good tours is the co-headline bill of Switchfoot and Relient K, two bands with many similarities, including a penchant for writing uplifting songs. Last week on a cool October night, the two bands stopped by Boston’s House of Blues for a show that brought the feeling of warm summer days into the venue.
With no opening act and both bands playing full headline length sets, Relient K took the stage shortly after 7:30pm. Their set was 18 songs in length and full of tracks from throughout their entire career, popular pop punk anthem “Sadie Hawkins Dance” had the room moving and cheering as soon as the opening notes were played. Relient K also played plenty of material from their new album “Air for Free” which came out in July of this year. The band was joined onstage by Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman for the final song of their set, “Deathbed” an epic of a song, that was bolstered by Foreman’s appearance exciting fans of both bands.
As for Switchfoot, things began almost immediately as Relient K finished, when a video played on Switchfoot’s stage video board, informing fans of a number they could text for a free download, and encouraging fans to spend the intermission to visit some of the charity tables in the merch area. When Switchfoot hit the stage to play music, they were introduced by a dramatic, arena-quality light show and city specific video. It didn’t take long for Switchfoot to break out one of their most well known songs, “Meant to Live” which was played as the second song in. While the casual listeners will remember only the string of radio hits Switchfoot had in the 2000’s, there is much more to the band. They would spend the next hour plus taking the Boston audience through their lengthy career, ultimately playing material from 6 of their 10 studio albums. The latest of those 10 studio albums, “Where the Light Shines Through” was released just this year and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200. Even almost 20 years into their career Switchfoot remains a force in alternative rock.