The track combines a garage rock vibe reminiscent of early '00s bands like the Vines and Hives with urgent lyrics. "You can't stand by forever / You're a kid with a bullet soul," frontman Jon Foreman sings before shouting repeatedly, "Are you ready to go?"
The song was produced by Switchfoot with Mike Elizondo (Eminem, 50 Cent). Despite Elizondo's R&B/hip-hop background, Foreman tells New Release Tuesday that the producer eagerly helped push 'Bullet Soul' from its subdued demo version into a more explosive rock direction.
Switchfoot have been touring for months behind 'Hello Hurricane,' including a high-profile gig at Lollapalooza in August. Two earlier singles from the album, 'Mess of Me' and 'The Sound,' reached the top 20 on the Alternative Songs chart.
Check out the band's upcoming tour dates at AOL's Tour Tracker and catch 'Bullet Soul' on AOL Radio's New Alternative First station.