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Interview:
Fastball at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Fastball has found the way back to making new music again.

The Austin, Texas, group -- best known for its 1998 hit “The Way” -- released a new album, “Step Into Light,” during May, its first set of new material in eight years. The trio of Miles Zuniga, Tony Scalzo and Joey Shuffield is still intact, however, and so is the chemistry they’ve had since forming during 1995; “Step Into Light,” according to Zuniga, took just two weeks to record once the group finally got into a studio to do it...

• Zuniga, 42, says Fastball didn’t intend to take so long between albums -- and, in fact, had “Step Into Light” in motion for awhile before getting serious about recording it. “We did a tour back in 2013 and after that tour we kinda thought we should do something,” he says by phone from Austin. “but life gets in the way. We were supposed to do another tour the very next...couple of years, actually. The 2015 tour ended up falling through but we already had some deadlines to make if we wanted to have (the album) ready for that, so we did in in two weeks an djust hustled, and then the tour fell through. So we had the record, but it took awhile to figure out the best way to put it out, ‘cause we didn’t really have an agent or manager. All that stuff was in flux so that whole process took awhile.”

• According to Zuniga not a great deal of time was wasted in the actual making of “Step Into Light.” “I just remember working for two weeks, 12 hours a day, and by the end of it I was just flat on my back in my bed, (saying) ‘That was insane! Why did we do that?!’” he recalls. “It was really just get up, go in and do what needs to be done; Tony (Scalzo) would be doing vocals upstairs, I’d be cutting guitars downstairs, or I’d be doing something upstairs and Tony would be doing keyboards downstairs. There wasn’t any chin-scratching or any of things you’d typically do to take up time. It was a kind of golden age of rock ‘n’ roll type of scenario; Those guys would do records in a day. It had that urgency about it, and that urgency really does inform the music.”

• In addition to its own new music, Fastball is getting a bump thanks to rapper Machine Gun Kelly and pop singer Camila Cabello, who used the group’s 1999 single “Out Of My Head” the base source material for their recent hit “Bad Things.” “It’s like pennies from heaven,” Zuniga says. “(Machine Gun Kelly’s) people called our people and our publisher. Tony wrote ‘Out Of My Head,’ so it was really his call. He signed off on it and I swear three weeks later it was on the radio. It came out and immediately blew up. Our videos on YouTube only get 5,000 views, 10,000, maybe 20,000, but ‘Out Of My Head’ has almost 200,000. So no doubt it’s all coming from (‘Bad Things’). You can’t plan that stuff, but the timing couldn’t be any better.”



If You Go

* Fastball

* Saturday, Aug. 5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

* Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

* Tickets are $23.

* Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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