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Buried deep in the snowcapped mountains of Colorado, a distant rumble breathes life to a new breed of dynamic metal; a quartet by the name of Switchpin. Formed in May of 2001, Switchpin is Jimmy Trigger (vocals), Pat Anderson (drums), Eric Bloomquist (guitars), and Geoff Frantz (bass). Fusing together modern alternative heaviness akin to the likes of Chimaira, American Head Charge, etc. spiked with their own brand of melody, thunderous riffs, and a crushing rhythm section, Switchpin leave no stone unturned in their quest to turn the tides of metal warfare from a whiter shade of pale to a murky somber black. Or a somewhat sunny day, depending on the song.
Since landing a covetous band sponsorship from Jagermeister and the famed JagerMusic Band Program, Switchpin have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with most of metal’s elite:
36 Crazyfists – Airbourne – Black Tide - Chimaira - Diecast - Dry Kill Logic -Disturbed – Dragonforce - Five Finger Death Punch - Machine Head – Killswitch Engage - Mastodon – Hatebreed –
Type O Negative - 3 Inches Of Blood – Staind – Hurt – 3 Days Grace - Slayer – Walls Of Jericho – Slipknot - Stone Sour – Lacuna Coil – Shadows Fall -God Forbid – Full Blown Chaos - Trivium - Mushroomhead – In Flames – Union Underground - EkoTren – Hemlock – ill Nino – Unearth -
American Head Charge – Dope - Korn – Linkin Park – Drowning Pool - Snoop Dogg.
Inspired and built upon by the likes of Sepultura, Slayer, Pantera, Switchpin is the middle finger to the music business that is a now cliché homogeneous mix of trends, and images. This five-piece is what your mother doesn’t want you to listen to.
Flaunting such a powerful resume of “Bands Played With”, the swank doesn’t stop there
– August, 2011 saw the release of the single "Hopeless Feelings" with new frontman, Jimmy Trigger. Produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino, Machine Head)
– June, 2008 saw the release of EP “5200 RPM” co-produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino, Machine Head)
– June, 2004 saw the release of Switchpin’s first full length DIY effort, “…The Truest Form Of Flattery”. Produced by Switchpin, and Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage) TFOF expands on the band’s personal feelings, and pent up emotion. The effort continues a tradition of heavy, where “Redemption” (2003) has left off.
Switchpin are constantly on a strict touring regiment, winning fans over nationwide breaking into both the West and East coasts, and laying waste to the Mid-West, their 7 states in 9 days ‘No Coast, Whore-Core Tour’ was a testament to the work ethic put forth by these select group of musicians. In 2008 the band played for tens of thousands of fans as a part of the Spring 2008 Jagermeister MusicTour, then on to The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. 2009 will see its fair share of Switchpin.
The quiet place? An end? There isn’t one - clearly the bands impetuous streak has not been quelled yet. With new material always in the works. Switchpin is gearing up to take their musical destruction into overdrive. A foreseeable trail of empty beer cans, ravaged women, and fans stricken with awe is what this breakdown in silence is all about. Forget about the way it was, and prepare for the onslaught that is Switchpin.