Switchfoot, which formed eight years ago at the University of California at San Diego and is named for a surfing term, is in the vein of other Christian-tinged acts from Lighthouse to U2. They do not preach on the album, however, preferring to state simple spiritual opinions and ask probing questions without lecturing. “For us, it’s a faith, not a genre,” singer Jon Foreman tells Steve Morse of the Boston Globe. “We’ve always been very open and honest about where the songs are coming from. For us, these songs are for everyone. Calling us ‘Christian rock’ tends to be a box that closes some people out and excludes them. And that’s not what we’re trying to do. Music has always opened my mind — and that’s what we want.” Read more.