Having Their 'Way'
WHO THE #@%! ARE...FASTBALL?
HOMETOWN Austin, Tex.
LATEST ALBUM All the Pain Money Can Buy
REASON YOU’VE NOTICED THEM Their Tex-Mex-tinged alt-rock hit ”The Way,” an infectious novelty tune that conspicuously nicks its best bit from Elvis Costello’s ”Two Little Hitlers”
HOW THEY WOULD DESCRIBE THEIR SOUND IF THEY WERE ROCK CRITICS ”The Beatles meet Freddie Fender and go see the Boomtown Rats play,” says lead singer-guitarist Miles Zuniga (the other band members are bassist-vocalist Tony Scalzo, who sings lead on ”The Way,” and drummer Joey Shuffield).
HOW WE WOULD DESCRIBE THEIR SOUND Rootsy guitar pop with hints of the Beatles, lots of Costello, and nary a trace of the Boomtown Rats
TARGET DEMOGRAPHIC College kids who’ve recently tossed away their copies of last year’s hit novelty album, Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Hot
FASHION SENSE All the thrift-store threads money can buy
TRIUMPHANT TALE OF HOW THEY BEAT THE ODDS ”It was just luck,” admits Zuniga. ”I mean, I think the record’s really good and the song is really good, but there are plenty of bands that have all that. The odds are pretty astronomically high. The timing has to be right.”
FUNKY FACT The band is named after their favorite skin flick. ”It’s a typical porno movie,” says Zuniga, ”but it’s about baseball. It’s like a really raunchy Bull Durham.”
IF THIS BAND WERE A BREAKFAST CEREAL, THEY WOULD BE Wheaties
STOCK QUOTE ON THE PITFALLS OF FAME ”I’m not really famous,” says Zuniga. ”At the gig I’m famous, but outside of the gig I’m not. At this point the worst thing is having to get up really early.”
LEAD SINGERS’ INSTANT CHARISMA RATINGS (OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE) 3 (for both singers)
ALBUMS THAT NEVER LEAVE THE TAPE PLAYER ON THE TOUR BUS Tom Waits, Small Change; America, History: America’s Greatest Hits; The Birthday Party, Hits
WHAT’S NEXT A second single, ”Fire Escape,” winding up a tour with Everclear and Marcy Playground, and joining H.O.R.D.E. in August