New Album: The Help Machine

FASTBALL’S SEVENTH ALBUM, THE HELP MACHINE, OUT OCTOBER 18, GETS ASSIST FROM PRODUCER STEVE BERLIN (LOS LOBOS)

Grammy-nominated band’s special guests include Bruce Hughes (Cracker), Charlie Sexton, Wye Oak’s Andy Steck, and Gordy Quist and John Chipman (The Band of Heathens)

AUSTIN, Texas — “In the past, we’d make a record and then everybody would go their separate ways for awhile,” says Fastball's Miles Zuniga. "But now, we're feeling so excited about the music that it’s ‘How soon can we make another record?’ We’re feeling a sense of urgency about the music that’s really refreshing.”

Fastball’s new album The Help Machine follows on the heels of their acclaimed 2017 release Step Into Light. The 11-song set, on the Austin, Texas trio’s own 33 1/3 label and due out October 18, 2019, once again demonstrates the distinctive songwriting, expressive vocals and inventive melodic sensibilities of Zuniga and his bandmate Tony Scalzo. With drummer Joey Shuffield completing the longstanding lineup, the band’s time-tested creative rapport is as potent as ever on such tunes as Scalzo’s “White Collar,” “All Gone Fuzzy,” and “The Girl You Pretended To Be,” and the Zuniga compositions “Friend or Foe,” “Holding the Devil’s Hand,” and the album's enigmatic title track.

The Help Machine’s original compositions gain added sonic resonance from the production of Los Lobos member and versatile Grammy-winner Steve Berlin, whose studio resume includes work with the likes of Alejandro Escovedo, Faith No More, Rickie Lee Jones, and the Tragically Hip.

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“Steve became an integral part of the team,” Shuffield asserts. “He’s a really positive guy, he’s got a great ear, and he helped us come up with some great sounds. His personality fit right in to what we were doing, and he understood where each of us was coming from. He just about drove us into the ground; it would be one or two in the morning and he’d say, ‘All right, what do you guys want to do next?’”

“Steve was the perfect guy to produce this album,” adds Zuniga. “We worked really fast. We did it in ten days, and we didn’t really need the last three.”

Recording at Austin’s Treefort Studios with engineer Jim Vollentine, who’d worked on Fastball’s 2004 release Keep Your Wig On, the band and Berlin maintained an organic creative atmosphere that allowed the band members to break out of their respective comfort zones. Scalzo didn’t even play his usual instrument, bass, on the sessions, instead tackling new challenges on keyboards and guitar. The group brought in old friend Bruce Hughes (formerly of Cracker and Poi Dog Pondering) to handle the album’s bass parts. Other guest players include Austin legend Charlie Sexton, who adds guitar on “The Girl You Pretended To Be"; Wye Oak member Andy Steck, who plays multiple instruments on a pair of tracks; andBand of Heathens members Gordy Quist and John Chipman.

“We had a great time in the studio, and the whole thing was a very creative experience,” Scalzo notes. “When Fastball started out, we were almost like two different bands, and Miles and I tended to be careful to keep our hands off of each other’s songs. But now, we just view them all as Fastball songs, and we generally feel free to mess with them. It works better that way.”

With nearly a quarter-century of music-making under their collective belt, the members of Fastball continue to extend and expand the band’s widely loved body of work, which encompasses such memorable albums as their 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud, their 1998 platinum breakthrough All the Pain Money Can Buy (which spawned the Grammy-nominated Top Five hit “The Way”), 2000’s The Harsh Light of Day, 2004’s Keep Your Wig On, 2009’s Little White Lies and 2017’'s Step Into Light.

"When I look at our catalog, there’s not a bad record in there," Shuffield opines, adding, “We’ve been through our ups and downs, but I think we’ve really found our groove over the last few years. We spent a lot of time on a major label, so initially the transition back to being an indie band was a little bumpy. But now it feels comfortable being responsible for everything ourselves, because that way we’re more likely to get it right. We’re all so into the music now, and I think you can hear that on the last couple of albums.”

“It’s only natural,” Scalzo adds, “that you get better at what you do as you get older and more experienced. But you can't always figure that out when you’re in your 20s. Now that we’re on our own label, the pressure’s all on us, and that’s fine. All I ever really wanted was a consistent creative outlet, and we've got that now.”

The ongoing resonance of Fastball’s music is reflected in the personally charged passion of Fastball’s ardent fan base. Shuffield: “We’re always meeting people who tell us how we helped them get through college, and we have whole families that come to the shows now. At nearly every show, we’ll meet people who’ve flown in from other states, or other countries, to see us play. That kind of thing really warms the heart, and makes us feel like we're doing something right.”

“We’d love to have another massive hit single,” Zuniga reflects, “but you can’t really plan that. We’re living in a different world now, and all we can do is just make the best music we can. When you're young, you’re insecure and trying to get attention for yourself. But when you get a little more mature, you start to care more about what's right for the music. When I was in my 20s, I was always trying to impress people. But now all I care about is making great music, and I think that the whole band feels that way.

“We’re all grown-ups with kids now, so there's more of a sense of urgency now,” Zuniga concludes. “We’re all still here, everyone’s healthy, and we all still feel like if we’re going to do something, we should do it now. I don’t want to wake up ten years from now and wonder what I did with my time. We’ve still got things we want to do, and I think that our attitude now is ‘Let’s get this stuff done, there's no time to waste.’”

Tony Scalzo - vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards

Joey Shuffield - drums

Miles Zuniga - vocals, guitar

Tracklist:

1. Friend or Foe

2. White Collar

3. Holding the Devil’s Hand

4. Redeemed

5. All Gone Fuzzy

6. Help Machine

7. Surprise Surprise

8. The Girl You Pretended to Be

9. I Go South

10. Doesn’t it Make You Feel Small

11. Never Say Never

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Greetings Everyone

 Hope your Spring is off to a great start - we just wanted to send out a quick update. 

First off, thanks to all of you who came out to see us in Spain and England back in February and March. It was a pleasure to be back playing for you and we hope we can do it again soon. 

While we prepare to release our next studio album, we do have some select tour dates this summer in the USA:

May 18th - Bastrop, TX - Bastrop Music Festival 

May 24th - Bonita Springs, FL - SWFL Event Centre 

May 26th - Madison, WI - Bratfest 

June 15th - Corbin, KY - The Corbin Arena  w/ Spin Doctors and Smash Mouth 

June 21st - Lancaster, PA - American Music Theatre w/ Everclear

July 13th - Hutchinson, MN - Riversong Music Festival 

For tickets please visit http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows

And this month marked the 10 year anniversary of our 5th studio album, Little White Lies - it was released on April 14, 2009. And we’re happy to report that it is now available digitally WORLDWIDE for the first time. So give it a listen to today on your favourite streaming device. 

We’ll have news on the new studio album very soon.

Till then, 

Fastball

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Happy New Year Everyone! 

We hope you had a good one. We thought we’d start the year off right by letting you know some news from Fastball HQ.

We are pleased and happy to announce we will be returning to tour Spain this February/March. 

Here are the confirmed dates so far and we’ll be announcing more shortly. This will be the band’s first visit to Spain in roughly 10 years so please spread the word and come out out to see us! 

Thursday Feb 28th Bilbao @ Nave Museo Maritime Bilbao:
MUTICK: https://mutick.com/es/events/entradas-concierto-fastball-bilbaoTICKETEA: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-concierto-fastball-bilbao/

Friday March 1st Madrid @ El Sol:
MUTICK: https://mutick.com/es/events/entradas-concierto-fastball-sol-madridTICKETEA: https://www.ticketea.com/entradas-concierto-fastball-madrid/

Saturday March 2nd A Coruña @ Garufa:
https://sonestrellagalicia.masgalicia.net/entradas/musica-fastball-en-coruna

Wednesday March 6th Sevilla @ Sala X:
https://www.ultimaentrada.com/comprar-entradas/concierto/fastball-en-sevilla

Thursday March 7th Granada @ Lemon Rock Hostel:

https://mutick.com/events/fastball-usa-en-lemon-rock-granada

Friday March 8th Murcia @ Microsonidos:
https://www.compralaentrada.com/microsonidos-2019/conciertos 

Saturday March 9th Valencia @ Loco Club:
https://www.notikumi.com/channel/alta-tension/2019/3/9/concierto-de-fastball-en-valencia 

And if that’s not enough, we are equally as pleased and happy to announce that we’ll be returning to the UK for the first time in 20 some years!!! It’s been so long, none of us can remember when we were last there! But we are correcting that in 2019 and looking forward to being back. The first date confirmed that will be announced and on sale soon is March 13 in London, England at the O2 Academy Islington…with more UK dates to follow. As always the best place to check for confirmed dates, including a couple dates in the USA this month is http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/.

Thanks for all the love and support for our 20th anniversary release of ‘All the Pain Money Can Buy’, we were overwhelmed with all the positive reviews that kept pouring in….it’s been fun revisiting and we can’t wait to get out on the road to play songs from it. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy, you can do so by visiting our online store: https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop.

That’s all for now. Bring on 2019. 

Love, Fastball

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you are enjoying the day.

Just a few things to let you know about:

First and foremost, we’re having a merch sale at our online store, EVERYTHING is 15% off from now till Dec. 1st, code FAST15 will be applied at checkout. Get shopping!

A big thanks to everyone who came out to our ‘All the Pain Money Can Buy’ 20th Anniversary release party in Austin - it was a total blast and we’re happy and proud to now have this special edition of the record out to the world. We hope you’ve been enjoying it. Here’s a recent Q&A with Miles and Tony on the album from Magnet Magazine:

http://magnetmagazine.com/2018/11/19/qa-with-fastballs-miles-zuniga-and-tony-scalzo/

And finally the Austin Music Awards have opened up their poll ballot and we would love for you to vote for us in as many categories as possible - you have until Dec. 10th and you don’t need to vote in every category:

https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

And don’t forget to come see us out on the road!

December 14 Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe

January 25 Clearwater, FL @ REH On The Road

January 26 Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House

Get TIX —>>> http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Love,

Fastball

Oct. 30th

Hey Everyone - 

Lots to catch up on - the most important thing being that our 20th Anniversary re-relase of ‘All the Pain Money Can Buy’ is right around the corner, on November 9th! Available for the first time EVER on vinyl and both the CD and vinyl include (9) bonus tracks, including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. 

And to kick it all off, we’ve playing a very special hometown show at 3TEN ACL LIVE in Austin, TX that same night. Scott Reynolds of the band ALL will be playing before us and the show is presented by the fine folks at Sun Radio. We’ll be playing songs from the record and of course will have the new record for sale, as well as a new t-shirt.

Get your tickets here —>>> https://www.3tenaustin.com/event/1725201-fastball-austin/ or try to win grand prize here —>>> https://acllivecontest.squarespace.com/3ten/win-fastball?utm_source=contest&utm_medium=acll

Thanks to all of you who have pre-ordered the record thru our Pledge campaign, we’re still putting new items up and if you haven’t already done so, Newbury Comics is also now pre-selling it with an autographed booklet by the band right here —>> https://www.newburycomics.com/products/fastball-all_the_pain_money_can_buy_20th_anniversary_cd_with_autographed_booklet?variant=13634236743785

And we have two other shows - one to close out the year, and one in January 2019:

December 14   Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe —>> https://www.doseydoetickets.com/shows/301

January 26   Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House —>> https://www.newberryoperahouse.com/shows-and-events.html?show_name=fastball

That’s all for now - if you haven’t already done so, please follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! 

https://www.instagram.com/fastballtheband/

https://twitter.com/FASTBALLTHEBAND

https://www.facebook.com/fastballtheband/

<<<— Fastball —>>>

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Hey Everyone

Thanks for getting our Pledge campaign off to a great start - we're excited to re-release this record!

So two recent additions:

1 - You can own Tony’s Black Royale Epiphone ES-339 PRO guitar. It has a classic ES-style archtop similar in shape to the Gibson ES-335 but with a reduced body size. This guitar features custom wound Alnico Classic PRO™ humbucker pickups with coil-tapping plus Wilkinson™ Vintage Machine Heads. It was played by Tony during two recent Vegas dates. Comes with the sweet case, too! 

2 - A Brand New Epiphone Les Paul Special VE™ (Vintage Edition) electric guitar featuring the classic Les Paul profile with a lightweight Poplar body. This Les Paul Special VE is powered by Epiphone Open Coil humbuckers and is in beautiful “Vintage Worn” Cherry color. Signed by the entire band!

And there's not many Vinyl test pressings left so if you're thinking of getting one of those, now is the time before they are gone!

Happy Friday! 

Fastball

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ALL THE PAIN MONEY CAN BUY ALBUM COMING IN 20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Pre-order on Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fastball-all-the-pain-money-can-buy-20th

Available on CD and, for the first time ever, vinyl, this remastered version of Fastball’s platinum album features the hit “The Way,” along with nine bonus tracks, four previously unissued.

Package contains liners by Scott Schinder with band interviews.

AUSTIN, Texas — When the first single from Fastball’s second record was released a few months before the album dropped, it was apparent there would be no sophomore slump. “The Way” exploded at radio, eventually going Gold, and propelling All the Pain Money Can Buy to Gold status in only three months and Platinum another three months later. The release also received two Grammy® nominations, and the band won four Austin Chronicle awards for the album. 

Produced by the band with Julian Raymond (Cheap Trick, Sugarland, LP), All the Pain Money Can Buy also delivered the second single, “Fire Escape,” as well as the Top 20 single “Out of My Head” (whose chorus was recently reinterpreted in “Bad Things” by Machine Gun Kelly & Camilla Cabello) while also including a track with Poe (whose Hello was certified Gold in 1996).

This 20th anniversary edition contains the original 13 songs, plus nine bonus tracks including rare B-sides, compilation tracks, and four previously unissued demos. To make this anniversary even more special, the album makes its vinyl debut as a double LP containing all of the bonus material! 

With expanded packaging and an essay from Scott Schinder including a new interview with the band, All the Pain Money Can Buyreturns stronger than ever. The way is finally clear. 

As Schinder notes, “It’s not surprising that All the Pain Money Can Buy would catch on with the public. The album’s 13 original songs embodied an irresistible mix of catchy song craft, melodic sophistication and emotional depth, and the band arranged and performed them with an unmistakable sense of urgency that underlined the opportunity that the project represented.”

According to Fastball’s Tony Scalzo, “Coming to A&M Studios to record was a big deal for us. Hit records had come out of there for years and years, and you could really feel that when you walked inside. Time and a sizable budget gave us access to all these great session musicians and we were able to go nuts with our ideas. With Julian Raymond in the driver's seat, we were encouraged to take full advantage of the sonic resources available to us at A&M. When we finished we knew we had a great record but didn’t expect the success it would bring us."

Fastball’s hometown Austin album release show will take place on Friday, November 9 at Austin’s ACL Live!.

Track Listing:

1. The Way

2. Fire Escape
3. Better Than It Was
4. Which Way To The Top? 
5. Sooner Or Later
6. Warm Fuzzy Feeling
7. Slow Drag
8. G.O.D. (Good Old Days) 
9. Charlie, The Methadone Man
10. Out Of My Head
11. Damaged Goods
12. Nowhere Road
13. Sweetwater, Texas

Bonus Tracks: 

14. Quit Your Job
15. Freeloader Freddie
16. The Way (Cassette Demo)*
17. Fire Escape (Demo)* 
18. Slow Drag (Demo)* 
19. Sweetwater, Texas (Demo)* 
20. Androgynous
21. This Guy’s In Love With You
22. The Way (Unpaved Acoustic Version) 
* previously unissued

Pre-order on Pledge Music: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/fastball-all-the-pain-money-can-buy-20th

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Greetings Everyone

First things first - in honour of our latest record, Step Into Light, turning 1 year old this Saturday May 19th, we’re offering a 20% off sale at our merch store - visit https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop - and enter code STEP20 right NOW thru Monday at 11:59pm EST to get the discount! 

In other news, we’re heading to Vegas! For a FIVE week residency! And it starts very soon... on June 2nd

That’s right folks - Fastball will be performing at Harrahs in Las Vegas EVERY SATURDAY in June - the 2nd/9th/16th/23rd and 30th. 

We’ll have a ticket link soon - stay tuned to the website and come to Vegas for a weekend of fun and see us play! 

And in more tour news, we’ll be in the following city’s this summer - please spread the word:

May 27          Tampa Bay, FL @ Margarita Festival 

June 2           Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 9           Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 16          Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 21          Leawood, KS @ Town Centre Plaza: Sunset Music Festival

June 23          Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

June 30  Las Vegas @ Harrah’s (Carnival Court)

July 1          Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

July 14         Sugar Hill, GA  @ The Bowl w/ Vertical Horizon

July 21         Lancaster, PA @ Clipper Magazine Stadium: Rocks the Park

Ticket for all shows are available at: www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And you may have noticed but we’ve recorded a new album with producer Steve Berlin. It will be released in 2019. 

On a final note, you can see Miles talk about his first concert in this latest segment on Digital Tour Bus: https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-first-concert-ever-ep-11-video/

Cordially, 

Fastball

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Texas Tour Starts Tonight

Hey Everyone -

Just a reminder that our tour with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers starts TONIGHT in our hometown of Austin, TX.

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

Tickets for all shows are available at: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Also - we should mention that for the first time, we will be recording our shows and selling them afterwards at the merch booth on a USB drive so if you feel so inclined, buy a copy of the show!

See you at a show,
Fastball

 

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A few updates for you

Howdy y’all:

Happy Friday.

A few updates for you.

1. We are playing a show in Seattle on April 18th. It’s a concert benefitting America’s Firefighters and their communities and you can try to win tickets by listening to 96.5 Jack FM in Seattle. Good luck!

2. Next month we are heading into the studio to start recording a new record. I’m sure we’ll have more updates soon on that but we wanted to let you know the good news.

3. Our album ‘All The Pain Money Can Buy’ officially turned 20 on March 10th. You can listen to an interview Miles did with Kyle Meredith at WFPK right here: http://wfpk.org/2018/fastball-20-years-pain-money-can-buy/

4. Don’t forget that very soon we are starting our run of four shows in Texas with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

Here are the dates again:

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

Tickets for all shows are available at: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Please come on out and spread the word!

Have a great weekend!

Fastball

 

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Tour Dates with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Hey Everyone -

We are happy to confirm a run of four shows in Texas this April with Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.

Here are the dates:

April 4th Austin, TX @ 3TEN (ACL Live)
April 5th The Colony, TX @ Lava Cantina
April 6th Houston, TX @ Firehouse Saloon
April 7th New Braunfels, TX @ River Road Ice House

The only show currently on sale is the Austin show but stay tuned to the website for ticket links, etc: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And while on the subject of touring, just a reminder that we are in Miami TOMORROW night for the Rock 2K Music Festival at the Magic City Casino with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and Spin Doctors.

Come on out and see us!

In other news, we are up for a couple of awards at the Austin Music Awards which take place next week – on Wednesday, February 28th – we’ll be sure to let you know if we win anything! Thanks again for your help with the voting process.

Take care, 
Fastball

 

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LAST DAY TO VOTE for FASTBALL in Round 2 of the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS!

Hey everyone - 

So today is the last day to vote for us in the second round of the Austin Music Awards - we promise well stop bugging you after this and appreciate any help you have given. 

To recap - we have two official nominations at this year's Austin Music Awards - please take 5 minutes and go here to vote: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

If you'd like, you can leave a comment and that's all you need to do - you are not obliged to vote for every category - these are the two that we need you for! 

Fill in the required info at the top and then please vote for us in these two categories:

AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR - FASTBALL

SONGWRITER - MILES ZUNIGA

Don't forget our first show of the year is in Miami on February 24th with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Spin Doctors - buy tickets and Meet N Greet packages now at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And here's yet another piece that Miles did, this time on 'Dream Tours': 

https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-dream-tour-ep-603-video/

Thank you!

Fastball

 

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Happy 2018! Austin Music Awards!

 Hey everyone - 

Thank you for voting in the first round - we have two official nominations at this year's Austin Music Awards! 

Now we need your help again - please take 5 minutes and go right here right now: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

Fill in the required info at the top and then please vote for us in these two categories:

AUSTIN BAND OF THE YEAR - FASTBALL

SONGWRITER - MILES ZUNIGA

If you'd like, you can leave a comment and that's all you need to do - you are not obliged to vote for every category - these are the two that we need you for! 

Thank you! And please spread the word to anyone else who can help us by voting. 

Ok now that that's out of the way, we're excited that our first show of the year is in Miami on February 24th with Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Spin Doctors - buy tickets now at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And here's another piece on gear that Miles did, for those of you so inclined: http://www.gearphoria.com/e-mag/v6n3/files/assets/basic-html/page-38.html#

Lots more news coming up in 2018 that we're excited to share with you - stay tuned and we'll be making some exciting announcements soon! 

Fastball

xoxo

 

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LAST CHANCE to vote for us in the Austin Music Awards!!!

Hi Everyone - 

Today is the LAST DAY to VOTE for us in the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS. 

PLEASE TAKE 5 MIN AND VOTE FOR US RIGHT HERE: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

You do NOT need to vote in every single category to be eligible - the categories we need your vote for are:

Austin Band of the Year

Austin Musician of the Year 

Austin Song of the Year 

Best Performing Bands (Rock)

Best Austin Musicians (Male Vocalist/Guitar/Bass/Drums/Keyboards/Songwriter)

Everyone can vote once - go get voting and help us!!!!!

Thank you! 

In other news, we will be playing in the 'Concert for our George' - a memorial celebration of the life and music of George Reiff this Sunday, Dec. 17th at Emo's in Austin, TX - music starts at 6pm and tickets are $25. 

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1493422830733663/

Ticket link: https://emosaustin.frontgatetickets.com/event/yodpqomk2q6s1z3n

And finally - here is a clip of Miles on the recent tour, talking about the gear he uses: https://digitaltourbus.com/features/fastballs-miles-zuniga-gear-masters-ep-159-video/

That's all for now - please vote, vote, vote!!!!!

Miles, Tony & Joey :: Fastball

 

George Reiff Memorial Concert

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey Everyone 

We’d like to take the time to thank each and every single person who has helped make this year so very special to us. The last twelve months have been really quite amazing. There’s been some great moments, many of which were shared with you. If you came to see a show, reviewed our music, played it on air or bought/listened to our record we are forever grateful.

In the spirit of the holidays, we are having a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale in our online store – you get a 10% discount on anything in our store using the code FBHOLIDAY10 so go pick up that CD, Vinyl, T-shirt, poster that you’ve always wanted: https://shop.bandwear.com/collections/fastball-shop

And while you’re sitting around eating turkey and drinking wine this weekend, you could do us a big favour by VOTING for us in the AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS – please if you can, take 5-10 min out of your day and vote for us in as many categories as possible – everyone can vote once and it would mean a lot to us – to vote go here: https://www.austinchronicle.com/vote-austin-music-awards/

And speaking of Austin, don’t forget we have our final blowout show of the year on December 1st at Antone’s – don’t wait to buy tickets cause they are moving and we hope to have it sold out – GET TIX or VIP Meet N Greet packages right here, right now: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Ok be safe, 
Fastball

Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez For KUTX

Happy Friday Everyone

Just a few things to let you know about: 

1 - The ALL ATX “Back to the Armadillo” compilation that was for sale at the benefit concert last week is currently only available at Waterloo Records in Austin (http://www.waterloorecords.com). We do a cover of the ZZ Top song 'Tush', which we played at the concert - you can read about it here: http://music.blog.austin360.com/2017/10/30/john-fogertys-blasts-from-the-past-follow-armadillo-themed-bash-at-all-atx-show/. Proceeds from both the concert and the disc go to four Austin organizations working toward affordability issues for Austin artists: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the SIMS Foundation, Black Fret and the Austin Music Foundation.

2 - Last night WHYY-TV's 'On Tour' program featured a piece on the band...'On Tour' is an Emmy Award winning music and performance program recorded live on location at local venues in and around Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey....they filmed us at our recent performance at the Ardmore Music Hall in Pennsylvania. 

It's a great piece and you can watch it in it's entirety here: https://whyy.org/episodes/fastball/

And here are some other pieces from the show:

Bonus song medley - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opl2cR4-2ik 

FB photo album from the show - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1607992595925322.1073741973.179753188749277&type=1&l=42c1f1c298

3 - Last but certainly not least, we have our show poster for our last show of the year, coming up on Dec. 1st at Antone's in Austin, TX....shout out to Jamie Zuverza who did the poster for us - check out his art:

instagram: @jaime_zu

facebook: www.facebook.com/jaime.zuverza.art

or zuverza.com

4 - Ok one more thing - have we mentioned we have a new video out:) http://www.listenherereviews.com/fastball-drops-new-music-video-best-friend/

Have a great weekend everyone!

Fastball

 

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'Best Friend' Video Premiere! 

 

Hey everyone - 

'Today Glide is excited to premiere the new video for “Best Friend”. The video goes from a sunny California beach to a house party filled with eclectic characters where, of course, the members of Fastball are performing. “Best Friend” is a song that brings to mind simpler times when it was possible for bands to write straightforward, feel-good rock tunes. In this case, the band’s upbeat harmonies and jubilant guitars and synths take on an almost power pop sound. The video itself matches the the whimsical positivity of the tune. 

“Here’s some interesting Fastball trivia: the big green wall Joey walks past while looking for the party is the back of what used to be known as A&M studios – the studios where Fastball recorded their monster hit ‘The Way.’ When Joey told me that I knew that shot was going into the video come hell or high water,” says director Nigel Dick, best known for directing hugely successful videos for Guns N’Roses, Britney Spears and Sheryl Crow among others.

Reflecting on the inspiration behind the song, Fastball’s Miles Zuniga has this to say:

“Tony and I wrote Best Friend a long time ago in Nashville. We were recording with Adam Sleshinger. We went out and ‘jammed’ a bit on some progression, who knows what the original idea was but then we got the bright idea to loop one bar of the jam in a weird spot. It was sort of like a 3 legged dog. Then we wrote the song over that. Tony wrote the verses and I wrote the choruses. It’s an unusual song for Fastball because there are only three chords in the song and we normally have at least seven or eight.”

https://glidemagazine.com/196038/video-premiere-fastball-whip-feel-good-vibe-pop-laden-rocker-best-friend/

Hope you dig it. 

Thanks to everyone who came to see us play yesterday in Austin at the All ATX Show. 

And don't forget we have one final show this year, at Antone's in Austin, on Friday December 1st - get Meet N Greet's and Tickets right NOW right HERE:  http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

Love, 

Fastball

 

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Final Show of the Year in Austin, TX!

Hey Everyone -

We’ve returned home from our last run of dates – thanks to everyone who came out to see us. After the last date, in Chicago, Tony and Miles dropped by WGN Radio, you can listen to it here: http://wgnradio.com/2017/10/09/two-time-grammy-nominee-fastball-the-band/

It’s been a great year for Fastball and because of that we’ve decided to have one last blowout show in our hometown of Austin, TX on Dec. 1st at Antone’s. Our friends Moving Panoramas will be opening the show and you can get tickets and VIP Meet N Greet packages right NOW at http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/– please come out and join us, the Christmas spirit will be in the air and it will no doubt be a great night of rock n roll. And it’s a Friday night.

And just a reminder that we’ll be doing 2-3 songs at a benefit concert at Auditorium Shores in Austin on Oct 29th. More details and tickets can be found here: https://allatx.frontgatetickets.com/event/d1d79o7vum0mwvby

And we can’t remember if we’ve told you or not, but we shot a video last month for the song ‘Best Friend’ from Step Into Light….again with our pal and acclaimed director Nigel Dick…you’ll be seeing it real soon….below are a couple screen shots from it.

And finally, big thanks to all the radio stations out there that are currently playing ‘Best Friend’, if you feel so inclined and want to help out, call your local radio station and request it today!

RIP Tom Petty

Love, 
Fastball

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One More Round of Tour Dates

Greetings Everyone -

We’re back on the road doing some of our final dates of the year...

Today/Saturday/Sunday we’re in West Springfield, MA, playing a massive Fair called the Big E... our show is free with Big E admission and we’re on at 3pm each day at the Court of Honor Stage.

Then on Monday we return to the great city of New York... at City Winery... our pal Wesley Stace (AKA John Wesley Harding) will be playing before us... doors are at 6pm, Wesley’s on at 8pm, and we should hit around 8:45pm.

Tuesday Oct 3rd we’re at Rams Head in Annapolis.

Wednesday Oct 4th we’re at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, VA

Thursday Oct 5th we’re at Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, PA.

Friday, Oct 6th we’re at Kent Stage in Kent Ohio which the Summit, a great radio station, is sponsoring.

Saturday Oct 7th we’re at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe/Back Room in Kalamazoo, MI.

Sunday Oct 8th we’re at City Winery Chicago.

And then Sunday Oct. 15th we’re playing a free outdoor show in St. Louis for the Rock N Roll Marathon.

Come out and see us and as always VIP Meet N Greet packages are available for every show while supplies last right here: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And then for those of you in Austin, we’re happy and proud to announce we’ll be performing at ALL ATX Presents: Back to the Armadillo October 29th at Auditorium Shores. Enjoy an evening of music along the banks of Lady Bird Lake and support Austin’s working musicians. Tickets on-sale now via AllATX.org. Proceeds benefitting HAAM, Sims Foundation, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation. Show poster attached... lots of great acts (John Fogerty!).

Will that be it for live shows till the end of the year???!!!! Stay tuned...

In other news, unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you probably know about this fella Chet Wild…well, we finally played his living room and it was for a great cause that raised $12,500…it was also streamed on Facebook so hopefully some of you were able to catch it…..a big round of applause to everyone who contributed and to Chet for…well, being Chet….here’s a link to the campaign that is now closed:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fastballatchets-hurricane-harvey-recovery-show#/

And it actually got some decent press, including the LA Weekly!

LA Weekly: http://www.laweekly.com/arts/fastball-is-playing-an-la-house-party-tonight-thanks-to-comedian-chet-wilds-successful-fastballatchets-campaign-8661920

http://www.hollywoodintoto.com/fastball-house-party-hurricane/

And here’s a review of the show we did in Berkeley earlier this month: http://bammagazine.com/fastball-flies-in-at-full-throttle-into-cornerstone-berkeley-ca/

I think that’s all the news that’s fit to print for now – thanks for tuning in!

Love,
Fastball

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Wanna be in a Fastball video? Donate to our Hurricane Benefit Show!

Hey Everyone - 

First things, first: we're raising money for Hurricane Harvey recovery by playing this random guy's (AKA Chet Wild) living room on September 18th. Donate and you could appear in our next music video!

Click the link, watch the video, and support a good cause! We hope you can join us for the live stream next Monday. All proceeds go to Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts in our home state of Texas.

LINK:  https://igg.me/at/FastballAtChets

And before we do this, we're playing four shows on the west coast that start THIS THURSDAY:

09-14-17    Berkeley                 CA     Cornerstone

09-15-17    West Hollywood     CA     Whisky A Go Go

09-16-17    Pasadena               CA     The Rose

09-17-17    Agoura Hills           CA      The Canyon

Come on out and see us - tickets and VIP Meet N Greet packages are available here: http://www.fastballtheband.com/shows/

And finally, here's a recent interview with Miles: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/fastball-doesnt-shy-away-from-past-hits,518828

xoxoxo

Fastball

 

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