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Fastball at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
Fastball has found the way back to making new music again.
The Austin, Texas, group -- best known for its 1998 hit âThe Wayâ -- released a new album, âStep Into Light,â 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 theyâve had since forming during 1995; âStep Into Light,â according to Zuniga, took just two weeks to record once the group finally got into a studio to do it...
â˘ Zuniga, 42, says Fastball didnât intend to take so long between albums -- and, in fact, had âStep Into Lightâ in motion for awhile before getting serious about recording it. âWe did a tour back in 2013 and after that tour we kinda thought we should do something,â he says by phone from Austin. âbut 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, âcause we didnât really have an agent or manager. All that stuff was in flux so that whole process took awhile.â
â˘ According to Zuniga not a great deal of time was wasted in the actual making of âStep Into Light.â âI 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) âThat was insane! Why did we do that?!ââ he recalls. âIt was really just get up, go in and do what needs to be done; Tony (Scalzo) would be doing vocals upstairs, Iâd be cutting guitars downstairs, or Iâd be doing something upstairs and Tony would be doing keyboards downstairs. There wasnât any chin-scratching or any of things youâd typically do to take up time. It was a kind of golden age of rock ânâ 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.â
â˘ 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 groupâs 1999 single âOut Of My Headâ the base source material for their recent hit âBad Things.â âItâs like pennies from heaven,â Zuniga says. â(Machine Gun Kellyâs) people called our people and our publisher. Tony wrote âOut Of My Head,â 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 âOut Of My Headâ has almost 200,000. So no doubt itâs all coming from (âBad Thingsâ). You canât plan that stuff, but the timing couldnât be any better.â
If You Go
* 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.
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