Fastball Previews New Tunes On Tour

The members of Fastball unveiled new music from their forthcoming album "The Harsh Light Of Day" at Monday's "Sneak Preview" club tour kickoff at the Viper Room in West Hollywood.

In addition to the new songs, the trio introduced fans to the band's new touring members, keyboardist and accordion player Kevin Lovejoy and second guitarist Brad Fernquist, who has road-tripped with New Radicals. Both will be making the rounds with the group on its intimate 15-date trek.

"We want to break them in," said Fastball singer-guitarist Miles Zuniga of his new touring members. "The record's not even out yet, and we're not available to do a real tour until late October or early November."

During the 50-minute set, the group rolled out such hits as "The Way," "Fire Escape," and "Out Of My Head," as well as new tunes "Don't Give Up On Me" and "You're An Ocean." The band also covered David Bowie's "Life On Mars?" and Willie Nelson's "On The Road Again."

Among the

guests at the show were Go-Go's bassist Kathy Valentine and drummer Clem Burke of Blondie. "They came together," Zuniga said. "We watched my tape of Japanese Beatles[-like] bands on the bus after the show."

Appropriately, the group is hoping to bring The Parrots, a Beatles cover band from Japan, out on the road later this year. "That way I know I'll like the music," Zuniga joked, adding that the band is also interested in picking up such supporting acts as John Wesley Harding and The Honeydogs on a rotating basis.

In addition to rolling out its "Sneak Preview" club tour, the group recently shot a video in Los Angeles for its new single, "You're An Ocean", featuring competitive surfers Shannon Payne-McIntyre and Damien Moody.

"I call it a surfer love story," the guitarist said. "Plus we've got girls lined up all around me who look like 1930s flappers [and showgirls], except they're in Lycra.

"Something needs to happen during the guitar solo, and that's usually

what happens," Zuniga explained jokingly. "We need more eye candy. If it happened during a tuba solo, I don't think it would have as much oomph. That's how we've evolved from the metal days, when guys would lick their guitars and girls danced in cages."

The tour (minus girls dancing in cages) is slated to hit San Francisco on Wednesday, and "The Harsh Light Of Day" drops on September 19.

Here's where Fastball's "Sneak Preview" club tour is headed:

  • 8/23 - San Francisco, CA @ The Cellar @ Johnny Foley's
  • 8/25 - Seattle, WA @ The Tractor
  • 8/26 - Boise, ID @ Neurolox
  • 8/28 - Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
  • 8/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ The 400 Bar
  • 8/31 - Chicago, IL @ Schuba's
  • 9/2 - Brookings, SD @ Bash In The Grass
  • 9/4 - Toronto, ON @ Beachfest
  • 9/6 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
  • 9/7 - Boston, MA @ Lilli's
  • 9/8 - Baltimore, MD @ Fletcher's
  • 9/10 - Nashville, TN @ TBA
  • 9/11 - Atlanta, GA @ Smith's Old Bar
  • 9/13 - Dallas, TX @

    Gypsy Tea Room