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!