Collectively the band Smash Mouth has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Along with their number one hits – Walkin' on the Sun and All Star – they have consistently impacted radio with other recognizable hits like Then the Morning Comes, Can't Get Enough Of You Baby, and a cover of The Monkees classic I'm a Believer, which was prominently featured on the Shrek soundtrack (4, Billboard Adult Top 40).
A quick listen to their music and you realize the multi-platinum Smash Mouth is a 60s influenced garage band with a keen pop sensibility that maintains a timeless quality, a style they have created and that is all their own.
Having long since established itself as the ultimate true-to-life California party-band the vibe surrounding Smash Mouth is indeed – at its core – about having fun.
"When we play it's a nonstop party," Harwell says.
"The band has grown over the years and has reached a level of maturity and clarity," according to Harwell. "This is what we do and we're going to keep doing it. We can still go out and throw a party every night only now we do it without the hangover the next day."
"I still firmly believe that music can be the way it used to be," Harwell adds. "Like Van Halen sang (from the Kinks classic hit) 'Where have all the good times gone?' It's like what happened to that? Well, we're bringing that back!"
Fans will no doubt have a chance to share "the good times" with Harwell and the rest of his colorful cast of cronies including bassist Paul Delisle, guitarist Leroy, keyboardist Michael Klooster, drummer Mitch Marine, and percussionist Mark Cervantes, as Smash Mouth traipses across the country from coast to coast. And keep your eyes peeled for a new Smash Mouth album due out in early 2009.
"In addition to the great recordings, you can't miss the live show," states DeLisle, who later declares, "The live show completes the entire package. Recordings are only one part of the whole. This band must be seen to be believed. It's a nonstop party that we put on nightly. If we're coming to your town it's a party you won't want to miss. It's unique, it's ours, we created it and there's no one else like us."
(June 2005) THE BEST OF SUGAR RAY CD follows the band's decade-long evolution from its funk-metal origins to the catchy pop hits that catapulted them to stardom. The compilation includes essential tracks from Sugar Ray's five studio albums -- Lemonade And Brownies , Floored , 14:59 , Sugar Ray , and In The Pursuit Of Leisure -- recorded by singer Mark McGrath, guitarist Rodney Sheppard, bassist Murphy Karges, drummer Stan Frazier and turntablist Craig "DJ Homicide" Bullock.
Along with the ..1 modern rock and Top 40 hit "Fly," THE BEST OF SUGAR RAY also includes the radio staples "Every Morning," "Someday," "Falls Apart" and "When It's Over," as well as an inspired cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"
THE BEST OF SUGAR RAY CD is sure to please fans with two brand-new recordings: "Shot Of Laughter" and a cover of the Cyndi Lauper classic "Time After Time." Also included is the previously unreleased "Psychedelic Bee," which was written by Howard Stern and recorded during the Lemonade And Brownies sessions.
Fastball was formed in 1994 by native Texans Joey Shuffield and Miles Zuniga along with So-Cal transplant Tony Scalzo. Originally called Magneto USA, they were signed in 1995 to Hollywood Records and soon changed their name to Fastball. They released their first full length album,"Make Your Mama Proud" in 1996 and toured extensively throughout the US with little notice. After a year and a half they recorded a second album entitled, "All The Pain Money Can Buy". Before it's release in Spring 1998, US radio had latched on to a catchy little ditty called "The Way" and it was clear that Fastball had a hit on their hands. Songs like "Sooner or Later", "Fire Escape" and "Out Of My Head" followed and the band toured around the world. At home, copies of All The Pain Money Can Buy reached the platinum, 1 million sales mark by the end of the year. Another album, "The Harsh Light Of Day" was released in 2000 and the band continued to tour at home and abroad. A fourth CD on Rykodisc, "Keep Your Wig On" was released in 2004. Since then, Fastball has continued to play live throughout the world. The guys have also done quite a bit of side work, writing and recording with other artists like Bruce Robison, Al Anderson, Bowling For Soup and many more. New material from Fastball is in the writing and recording stage and a fifth studio release is expected for 2007.
You can't keep a good band down.
Take Vertical Horizon, who have survived a turbulent ride that began with their platinum-plus smash Everything You Want, rocketed through a year and a half of sold-out shows, hit a brick wall when their former label inexplicably dropped them, slowed briefly into a period of reassessment, picked up speed as they renewed their commitment to themselves and their fans
and now they blast back with Go, their Hybrid Recordings debut and a new standard for passion, honesty, and exhilaration.