Christian rock band Switchfoot will be releasing their debut feature film, Fading West, on Dec. 10 via video streaming platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Instant Video, Cable Movies on Demand, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Playstation, Cinemanow, and Vudu with digital entertainment curator FilmBuff.
Fans can also request special screenings of the film in markets around the country in partnership with Gathr.
The band will be on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Dec. 10 to perform "Who We Are," a single from their forthcoming ninth studio album also titled Fading West, set to be released Jan. 14.
"Fading West" the movie follows Switchfoot as they travel the globe in search of new musical inspiration and perfect waves. Directed by Matt Katsolis and executive produced by Greenlight Media & Marketing and Switchfoot, the film was shot during their 2012 World Tour and as they were beginning to create the new album.
"Part rock documentary, part surf film and part travelogue, Fading West offers rare glimpses of the longtime surfers on their boards and in the waves, captures the frenetic energy of their live shows and, in the end, portrays a journey both epic and intimate," Hoganson Media stated in their release.
Switchfoot went on a 52-date tour around the country this fall and opened the shows with the movie playing. These concerts included sold out shows in Los Angeles, New York (two nights), Seattle, San Diego, Denver, Portland, Phoenix, St. Louis and Atlanta.
"Switchfoot's first effort in filmmaking was remarkably successful, exuding a sincerity and candor that initially attracted fans to Switchfoot before the awards and major hits," the Belmont Vision at Belmont University stated.
"What the band ended up creating is more than just a film about surfing. It's a film about brotherhood, family, love, hardship, faith, travel and home," said The Current at the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
The band will be announcing their new tour dates soon.
Every year Switchfoot releases a special holiday package to give their fans a significant discount on merchandise for Christmas.
Most years the band will put out an exclusive album or DVD just for this occasion, and this time around fans will be able to get their hands on the Backstage EP #2, a digital followup to the first one last year.
"This year's Backstage EP was recorded in a backstage bathroom (awkward?) in Lubbock, TX. It doesn't get more 'backstage' than that! It was actually chosen for its fine acoustics, and as awkward as the recording process might have been, we think it turned out sounding pretty great. If you listen carefully, you can even hear the janitor walk in on the session. I've never seen someone leave the room so quickly," said bass player Tim Foreman.
"We also included a live recording from one of our favorite moments from the fall Fading West tour, a true California campfire sing-a-long, with everyone huddled around just one microphone at the front of the stage. We hope you dig it!" he added.