Fastball's Miles Zuniga talks new album ahead of New Braunfels concert

Courtesy: Sandra Dahdah

NEW BRAUNFELS - A canceled tour led the Austin band Fastball to a whirlwind recording session that helped them churn out one of their best albums of their career.

With many albums taking years to make, Fastball went against the norm. The album "Step Into Light," which was released May 19, was recorded in two weeks, which shocked the band.

"It surprised us as well," said guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga during a recent phone interview. "We didn't spend the time in preparation to write songs like in the past. Tony and I write songs all the time, and I know I had a backlog of songs. I think we spent two hours in pre-production and we just churned these songs out."

Zuniga said the band was supposed to go on a tour, so they wanted to get an album out quickly to coincide with this tour.

"But that tour fell through," he said. "We had such a tight timeline to record this album that it was just crazy. So we waited about a year and released the album."


Fastball, consisting of bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo and drummer Joey Shuffield, has hooked up with Everclear and Vertical Horizon for a tour that makes a stop at River Road Ice House in New Braunfels on Friday. Fans will get a chance to hear a few tunes from the new album, including the singles "I Will Never Let You Down" and "We're On Our Way."

In 1998, Fastball reached platinum status with their album "All the Pain Money Can Buy" with the hit single "The Way," which garnered them two Grammy nominations.


Zuniga said the quick turnaround during the recording of "Step Into Light" was helped by his constant songwriting he does almost on a daily basis.

"I do a weekly gig in Austin where I play with a real band and we all audition songs," he said. "So some of these songs were tested out with different musicians before they were brought to the guys,."

He said the "living in the moment" feel to the album really was real refreshing in an age where so many musicians like Aerosmith will fret over getting each note right.

"When you hear an album like 'Pump', it sounds very clinical," he said. "I think some musicians over think a song too much. I really love the spontaneous feel to Aerosmith's earlier albums. They were living in the moment. Sometimes, you just have to get out of your own way. I really enjoyed making this album, and we've been getting some great feedback from Fastball fans that they think this is one of our best records, and I think it is because we didn't overthink the process."

Fastball takes the stage at 8 p.m. on Friday night.

WHO: Everclear with Vertical Horizon and Fastball
WHERE: River Road Icehouse, 1791 Hueco Springs Loop Rd, New Braunfels
WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.


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