Fastball: Little White Lies Review

Posted by Levi | 03.30.2009

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Last week I heard Fastball was coming out with a new album, and I recognized the name of the band, but I just couldn’t figure out who they were. Then I found out they released most of their albums in the 90s, and it hit me!

I used to listen to these guys all the time. Amongst Green Day, The Offspring, Third Eye Blind, and whatever other alternative rock CDs I listened to, Fastball’s All The Pain Money Can Buy (released in 1998) was right there in rotation.

After losing touch for nearly a decade, I’m listening to Fastball once again thanks to the upcoming release, Little White Lies. Fastball has always been a good rock band putting out good rock albums, simple as that. This new album is no exception.

A couple tracks I really enjoyed were “Little White Lies” and “Mono to Stereo,” but this is one of those albums where the band sounds like you would expect and you don’t get any surprise songs. Sometimes it’s great when a band releases a totally different album, but I get just as exciting when a band releases an album with the sound I’ve come to like, even if that means not jumping on the latest trends.

In the case of Little White Lies, I like the whole album. It’s different enough to be new and refreshing, but not so different that it will turn fans away. It should be a pleasant treat for existing Fastball fans, and hopefully it will attract some new ones and lead to another album release from Fastball in under 5 years!

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After taking a five year break from their last album Keep Your Wig On, FASTBALL are returning with their fifth album Little White Lies on April 14, 2009 via MRI/RED Distribution. “We haven’t released a record since 2004, so I’m excited for our fans to hear the new stuff and the fact that we have a new President also gives me reason to smile,” says vocalist/guitarist Miles Zuniga.

Known for the intricate and very distinctive harmonies of Zuniga and Tony Scalzo (who also adds bass, keyboards, guitar to his band duties) and the Texas-drenched rhythms of drummer Joey Shuffield, Fastball had a massive hit with their Grammy-nominated platinum second album All the Pain Money Can Buy that featured the hits “The Way”, “Fire Escape” and “Out of My Head”. Not a band to rest on their laurels, the band soldiered on and released two critically-hailed follow-ups.

From the propulsive, driving rhythms of the album opener “All I Was Looking For Was You” to the pop sway of the title track to the sultry, heated fandango of “Angelie”, Little White Lies sees Fastball moving forward and becoming almost a whole new band. “Miles and I have really fine-tuned our writing styles to come up with super fun songs that go a little deeper musically than we’ve gone before,” explains Scalzo. “I believe it’s only the tip of the iceberg too. It’s seems to have opened a door to future creativity.”

In the years since their last album, the barometer of celebrity swung from public respect to invasion of privacy, something that doesn’t quite sit well with Zuniga. “It used to be cool to be a celebrity. I used to want to be famous,” he says, recalling their chart-topping history. This opinion of the evolution of pop culture infiltrates many of the songs on Little White Lies, especially the Tejano-spiced “The Malcontent (The Modern World)” in which Scalzo and Zuniga sing “I’m tired of living modern world with pretty boys and plastic girls.” He adds, “It used to be that famous people were famous for a good reason, but that’s not the way now.”

Little White Lies was produced by Miles Zuniga and C.J. Eiriksson (Blue October, Jack’s Mannequin) and mixed by Bob Clearmountain (Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie) and will be released on April 14, 2009.