Fastball rose to prominence in the mid-'90s with a unique combination of alternative rock and pop that featured catchy hooks, country-tinged harmonies, and intricate guitar work. Now they’re bringing the same eclectic energy that ignited hits like “The Way”, “Outta My Head”, “You’re an Ocean”, and “Fire Escape” to audiences across the US. At their live shows Fastball runs through their best material with energy to spare, clearly having just as much fun as they did when they started out. Trading off licks and lead vocals, Tony Scalzo and Mike Zuniga pack as much hook-laden joy as they can into each song, treating ticket buyers to feel-good concert experience chock-full of pop rock goodness.
Fastball formed in Austin, TX in 1995 when drummer Joey Shuffield introduced singer-songwriters Tony Scalzo and Mike Zuniga. United by their love of catchy songcraft, the three began to write music and play shows together. Within the year they released their debut album Make Your Mama Proud, an auspicious collection of power pop tunes that helped them build a regional following. They broke onto the national scene in 1998 when their single “The Way” skyrocketed up the charts, leading to appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Behind the strength of the single and its stellar follow up “Outta My Head”, the group’s breakthrough album All the Pain Money Can Buy (1998) went Platinum. The band’s third album The Harsh Light of Day (2000) offered the single “You’re an Ocean”, giving Fastball their third sizeable hit in a little over two years. Since 2000 the band has released two more studio albums, a live record, and a best-of compilation while also continuing to tour the world.