A young woman was run over by a truck during a video shoot for Switchfoot's song "Dare You to Move" in Los Angeles on March 1. The woman, identified only as Joy, suffered broken ribs and lacerated liver, but has since been released from the hospital and is recovering. All reports called it a miracle Joy didn't suffer a worse fate.
According to a post by Switchfoot vocalist-bassist Tim Foreman on their website, the band decided to continue the video shoot as planned after an hour of "prayer and meditation" and word from the hospital that Joy was in stable condition.
"Over the past eight years on the road, we've experienced a number of accidents, the types that sometimes happened when you have thousands of people in one place," Foreman writes. "And every time, no matter how difficult, awkward, or painful it seems at the time to continue, it has always ended up being the decision. It is the challenge of taking something painful, and making it beautiful. To leave the shoot would not solve things-in fact, quite the opposite: each person leaving the community of friends in attendance to deal with the experience alone, and without information as to Joy's outcome."
Foreman said it lent a peculiar air to the shoot and reinforced the Christian values shared by the band and their fans.
"The evening sky was growing dark, rain continuing on and off throughout the day, as we set up our gear on top of the warehouse roof overlooking all of downtown L.A. The song had taken on a deeper meaning for us all since the morning. As we started into the song, the clouds thickened and the rain began pouring down harder than before. It was fantastic and appropriate: playing our hearts out on top of the L.A. skyline while the rain soaked through our skin. As the night ended, we received the official word that Joy was, in fact, doing very well."
After the shoot, the whole band visited Joy at the hospital.
Joy herself posted to the band's website on March 6. Despite being in serious pain, she says surgery wasn't needed and she expects a full recovery, and she can return to college soon. "My recovery is truly a miracle. God's hand was in the whole thing and this experience has definitely shown me that He's got a purpose for me. He's so good!"
Switchfoot will appear on The Tonight Show with David Letterman on March 12 and Ryan Seacrest on March 16.
Busy week for six-stringers
Like female roommates, two of San Diego's top singer-songwriters have apparently synched up their creative juices and will drop new albums on concurrent days this week. On March 11, Dave Howard will unleash his latest opus, Into the Wind, with a show at Humphrey's Backstage Lounge. Howard first earned publicity for his album last year, when he announced that he was accepting online donations from friends and fans to help cover recording costs. The Internet panhandling partially worked-he said he raised about $1,500. "This amounted to about 35 percent of the overall costs associated with the recording," he explained. "I have some very cool and generous friends and fans." Howard's claim to be San Diego's most covered songwriter will get another boost with the album's release, as A.J. Croce is set to record one of Into the Wind's songs, "Almost Angeline."
On March 12 Berkley-Hart will perform two shows at Java Joe's Pub (7:30 and 9:30 p.m.) to celebrate the release of their third album, Twelve (see review, Page 24). "We'll be doing this show as a duo, as opposed to our band lineup, because that's how we're going to tour in support of this album," said Jeff Berkley, who sounded as if they could've used a promotion like Howard's. "We didn't have a lot of money to do the album, so we had to do it all ourselves. But we're really happy with the way it turned out."
Berkley said Howard won't be covered on the release. "We do a lot of Dave Howard songs," he laughed, "but he doesn't get one on this album. Maybe next time."
Every March, thousands of musicians, journalists and industry types converge on Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Music Festival, where 1,000 of the world's "buzz bands" play within a few miles' radius over five days (March 17-21). San Diego bands accepted to perform this year include The Queue, Gogogo Airheart, Tristan Prettyman, Berkley Hart, Reeve Oliver, Kill Me Tomorrow, Louis XIV, Steve Poltz and The Dragons. Louis XIV-the splinter group featuring Convoy's Brian Karscig, Jason Hill and Mark Maeggart-originally didn't get into the festival. But after The Distillers' Brody Dhalle and her beaux, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), crowed about the band in London at this year's NME Awards, music label and publishing giant EMI picked 'em up for representation. One quick call from the powerhouse to SXSW organizers got Louis a gig.
San Diego director Teri Carson was in attendance at a recent gig by The Truckee Brothers and felt their sound captured the feeling of her movie short, 540 847 67. "The film's been shot," said Brother Patrick Dennis. "[Carson] was having trouble finding the right music for the project. She came to the show and... something must have clicked, because she sent us an e-mail asking us to be involved right away. We'll be scoring the film.... Basically, we're in charge of providing a musical hook to launch those title numbers into people's brains during the credits."
"It just seemed like the right time," said Mark DeCerbo, about the reunion of '80s power-pop group Four Eyes at The Casbah on March 11. Best known these days as the guitarist for cover band Rockola, Decerbo has been itching to get back to original music. "I've been working on a new solo album for awhile now, and with interest in the old band rising, it made sense to get the group back out playing." Four Eyes' impending anthology of vintage material has been delayed in order to add DVD footage; it will be released in Europe this summer.
Jazz fans won't want to miss the All Star Tribute to the Life & Legacy of Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo at the Caribe Club (www.caribenightclub.com) in Bonita March 14. With more than six decades on stage and screen, Costanzo has made a few pals, and special guests are flying in from around the country for the tribute. Afro-Cuban salsa band Pa'Lante and dance troupe Salsa Suave will perform.