Like a fine Napa Valley wine, this internationally loved and wildly successful San Jose pop-rock outfit seems to only get better with time. Armed with a stock-load of always fresh and blazing ammo primed to fire you straight into rock ‘n roll Valhalla, Smash Mouth has infinitely proven themselves a 100% developed...yet always growing...rock and roll juggernaut for the ages.
A look back at Smash Mouth’s formative years shows a band determined to make an impact from day one. Formed in 1994, Smash Mouth almost immediately begins recording demos and showcasing in San Jose and Hollywood. In June of 1997, Smash Mouth is signed to Interscope Records when label brass catch wind of an unknown band being ADDED to monumentally influential L.A. radio station KROQ’s after only one spin of their song “Walking On The Sun”.
Smash Mouth’s major-label debut album “Fush Yu Mang” goes more than DOUBLE PLATINUM and sets the table for what most consider their masterpiece; “Astrolounge”. Boasting three TOP-TEN hits (All-Star...Then The Morning Comes...Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby), sales for “Astrolounge” almost double those for “Fush Yu Mang”. Approaching nearly QUADRUPLE PLATINUM status.
In 2023, Smash Mouth is broadening their horizons. In addition to releasing several new tracks penned by bassist and hit songwriter Paul DeLisle, the band is proud to announce their new ambassadorship with New Urtopia E-bikes, an exciting joint venture with our favorite honey purveyor Pacific Honeybee, and the creation of our new S.M.A.S.H. beer with Karl Strauss. You can also find us on the road driving in style thanks to our friends at the amazing Aston Martin dealership in San Diego. And if you’re out shopping, please pick up some new Smash Mouth merch this year at Hot Topic.
Smash Mouth 2023 boasts the continuing solidified lineup featuring Randy Cooke (drums, vocals), Paul DeLisle (bass, vocals), Zach Goode (lead vocals), Sean Hurwitz (guitar, vocals), and Michael “Hippy” Klooster (keyboards, vocals).
All five of these seasoned veterans are widely regarded as world-class players and performers. They’re also super-handsome.
But no matter what they do...SM will always be universally acknowledged as “The Shrek Band”. Authenticating something else that makes Smash Mouth so valuable and timeless. Since every child ever born (till the end of time) will inevitably watch and love “Shrek”...Smash Mouth’s audience constantly reproduces itself. Generation to generation. And it will never stop. Because “Shrek” is this century’s “Wizard of Oz”.
Presently at the height of their towering collective power - and as they simultaneously watch several of their contemporaries either retire or fall by the wayside - Smash Mouth’s time is now.
Formed in 1994 in Austin, Texas, Fastball combined a fondness for melodic, Beatles-inspired pop with the alternative aesthetic of late-'90s mainstream rock. Guitarist/vocalist Miles Zuniga, bassist/vocalist Tony Scalzo, and drummer Joey Shuffield — all veterans of Austin's underground rock scene — originally banded together under the name Magneto U.S.A. After signing with Hollywood Records, the musicians changed their name to Fastball and released their debut album, Make Your Mama Proud, in 1996. The album demonstrated the band's synthesis of modern flavor and bygone pop hooks, a combination that would later launch Fastball into the mainstream. The follow-up effort, All the Pain Money Can Buy, appeared in early 1998, featuring a considerably tighter band and more pop flourishes. Although the bandmates were still working side jobs at the time of its release, lead-off single "The Way" proved to be a meteoric hit, topping the American rock charts for seven weeks while enjoying crossover success as a pop single. "Fire Escape" and the piano-fueled "Out of My Head" did similarly well, and All the Pain Money Can Buy went platinum within six months of its release, earning two Grammy nominations along the way. Fastball celebrated their success with a considerable amount of touring, including shows alongside Marcy Playground and Everclear. The Harsh Light of Day arrived in fall 2000, featuring piano work by Billy Preston and an increasingly arty sound, including the Top 40 hit "You're an Ocean.” Fastball eventually left the Hollywood roster in favor of a new deal with Rykodisc. A retrospective compilation, Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball, marked the band's final release for Hollywood Records in 2002. Two years later, they resurfaced with Keep Your Wig On, having fully embraced their power pop roots with the help of co-producer Adam Schlesinger. The album strengthened Fastball's work ethic, with frontmen Zuniga and Scalzo writing together for the first time. That collaborative spirit helped fuel another album, Little White Lies, which appeared in 2009 to warm reviews.
After several years of focusing on live work, Fastball returned to the studio in 2015, recording in their hometown of Austin. The project emerged in May 2017, a self-released album titled Step into Light, and the band supported it with an extensive tour of the United States and Canada. The following year, Fastball celebrated the 20th anniversary of All the Pain Money Can Buy with an expanded edition of the 1998 album; they accompanied the reissue with a hometown concert in Austin, Texas.
Most recently, in October 2019, Fastball returned with The Help Machine, an album produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos, and in Sept 2021 and throughout 2022 have been releasing music exclusively thru Patreon. Their new album, The Deep End, was released on June 17, 2022.