In 2008, American alternative rock band Switchfoot announced to their fanclub via email that four albums worth of material had been worked on and were intended to be released over the next 2 years. The first of these albums, titled Hello Hurricane, was released in 2009. The album got the band some of the strongest critical reception and sales they had seen since their 2003 breakthrough, The Beautiful Letdown.
The band decided to let critics listen to some preview copies of some of the tracks. Critics drooled over it, giving some extremely strong compliments to the band indicating a legendary status to these albums. Two years passed and none of the material emerged despite fan demand. Unable to find a distributor for the additional, experimental, ambitious material, the band was left having to re-record music for the second album titled Vice Verses. While the band felt proud of the effort, it turns out the material was considered some of their weakest.
While Hello Hurricane was released as planned, it is unclear entirely why the band abandoned the rest of the work. It is not known if the band has future plans to release the material, or if distributors won't touch it because of it's "artistic" nature. Many fans have gone as far as to say the material may not even exist and that the announcement may have been a publicity stunt.