By default, I'm a huge fan of the Seattle band, the Fastbacks. I first heard of the band when I was ordering Young Fresh Fellows albums and merch from the Popllama catalog back in the early 90's. The Fastbacks album, Very, Very Powerful Motor was released by Popllama and I realized Kurt Bloch from the Fastbacks was also in the Fellows. Bloch had formed the Fastbacks with Kim Warnick and Lulu Gargiulo back in 1979 and in 1989 joined the Fellows after guitarist Chuck Carroll left the group. Bloch played in both bands until the Fastbacks disbanded in 2002. The Fastbacks were important in my musical taste development because they one of the first female fronted bands I really enjoyed. Their songs have a punky edge with a poppy sensibility, but it was Kurt's guitar sound that sold me on the Fastbacks...and besides anything Kurt Bloch plays on or produces is amazing!
Good news for Fastback fans that missed them the first time, the band is reunited for one show on July 8th for the Annual West Seattle Fest!! The best thing is that it's free and all ages, but unless you live in Seattle or are travelling there, you're out of luck. Of course, I can't be there, but I would kill to hear a recording of their set, so if you hear (or see) anything posted, please let me know.
To tide you over, here's a tour compilation of the Fastbacks when they toured in Europe opening for Pearl Jam in 1996. The sound quality is outstanding, as it is soundboard recordings and the performances are top notch. Enjoy!
FASTBACKS Europe '96 Tour compilation, November 1996
01. No Information 2:30 02. Hung On A Bad Peg 1:43 03. Fortune's Misery 2:42 04. Which Has Not Been Written 0:57 05. I Found The Star 1:40 06. Gone To The Moon 1:41 07. All About Nothing 2:31 08. Impatience 3:37 09. On Your Hands 2:35 10. Stay At Home 5:43 11. Apologies 1:33 12. Just Say 2:29 13. Banner Year 2:43 14. Parts 1:46 15. Set Me Free 6:02 (w/ Mike McCready, guitar) 16. Leavin' Here 3:27 (w/ Eddie Vedder, vocal)
Kim Warnick: Vocals and Bass, Kurt Bloch: Guitar and vocal, Lulu Gargiulo: Guitar and vocal, Mike Musburger: Drums (bass on 07)
Tracks 1, 2, 4-7 and 15 recorded 96.11.24 at Cascais Pavillion, Portugal. Tracks 3, 9, 10, 14 and 16 recorded 96.11.25 at Cascais Pavillion, Portugal. Tracks 8 qnd 13 recorded 96.11.03 at Deutschlandhalle, Berlin, Germany. Tracks 11 and 12 recorded 96.11.22 at Anoeta Velodrome, Barcelona, Spain