While many bands have a hard time writing on the road, Switchfoot wouldn't have it any other way.
"It's great," frontman Jon Foreman explained. "It's like your diary. You can't sleep in Berlin, so you write a song."
And it's a good thing Switchfoot enjoy it, otherwise the San Diego rockers might never write new material. In 2004 alone, the band embarked on five national tours. Most of the two years prior were also spent on the road.
"We've got like 40 songs written," Foreman said. "We've been traveling a lot and we've been to different places in the world that we've never been before, so I think that will shape the feel of the music. Maybe a little bit more of an Eastern feel to the songs, a little bit more of a darker record."
Switchfoot will start recording in January with a summer release in mind. John Fields, who produced The Beautiful Letdown, will return for the follow-up. "He works just as quick as we do, and that adds up," Foreman said.
In the meantime, Switchfoot are also considering releasing another single from The Beautiful Letdown, which has sold nearly 1.5 million copies thanks to the smash singles "Dare You to Move" and "Meant to Live" (see "Warning: Switchfoot's Daring Single May Cause Job Loss").
"There's a lot of talk about different things," said Foreman, who would support the release of any of the songs. "For me, as a songwriter, I like them all the same."