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Fastball Is Back In The Zone

Of the Oakland Press

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Five years ago, after an unsatisfying cycle with its fourth album, “Keep Your Wig On,” Fastball singer-guitarist Miles Zuniga figured the band was no more.

“There was no promotion, and the band, we weren’t getting along so good, there was just a lot of stuff that wasn’t working out,” Zuniga, 42, recalls. “For me it was ... well, I never say ‘over’ because I think it’s silly for bands to break up. You can just not play together. The guys were still alive, and it’s not like we hated each other.

“It’s just that it wasn’t fun doing the band, and I didn’t know if or when I would want to go back to it. I wasn’t going to say it was the end of the band, but ...”

Fortunately Zuniga had a change of heart. After he and bassist Tony Scalzo hooked up again at a songwriters get-together in Santa Barbara, Calif., they played a concert that “reminded me how good we sound together when we sing” — which led the duo to call drummer Joey Shuffield and start working on what became the Fastball’s new album, “Little White Lies.”

The album, Zuniga notes, was actually done in July 2008, but the trio, best known for its 1998 hit “The Way,” took its time putting it out in order to have control over its music on a new label — unlike a 2002 best-of that one of the band’s old labels was able to put out by virtue of its contract with the band.

“We didn’t want to give (‘Little White Lies’) away because we don’t own anything else,” Zuniga explains. “I have no control over the intellectual property I’ve created. So now we want to have control over our stuff, or else it just doesn’t make sense, you know?”

Fastball and the Friendly Foes perform Monday (May 4)at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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