Fastway has always been one of those bands that could have been bigger than they actually became. I remember a few of my peers that carried around their debut and even the second record saw some traction around Southeast Iowa, but from there, who knows.
I'd even venture to say that there were more Fastway fans than Motorhead in my neck of the woods. It's probably because my peers enjoyed Fastway's more commercial approach and because they didn't trust anything over a Phil Rudd tempo until Metallica came and played in Burlington during the Ride The Lightening tour.
Not that anyone cares anymore, but Fastway has evidently reformed and after a quick listen of the lead-off single, "Leave The Lights On," it's not half bad.
The cover art is bloody awful, but then again, it's not like there's a bunch of record stores around the country that are going to put this thing in the "New Releases" endcap.
The scripted stuff follows:
"MVD AUDIO will be relasing the long awaited Fastway album Eat Dog, Eat on April 10 (US). This is the first Fastway album in over 20 years.
After the shows of 2007, Fast Eddie Clarke (ex-Motorhead) and Toby Jepson (ex-Little Angels) began casually working on ideas and over time managed to gather enough for a full blown record. Toby took on the role of producer and also played bass and sang all the main vocals. Eddie and Toby were joined on the drums by Matt Eldridge whom has long been Toby's drummer of choice.
The record was created at Chapel Studios with Ewan Davies as the engineer and mixer.
Toby says: "We have collaborated closely on all aspects of the recording, specifically wanting to create a performance based, un-apologetically raw album that was song driven and above all made with passion. This we did, eschewing multi layered, heavily edited recording in favour of the simple 'warts and all' dynamics. I think the results are real. We hope you do to."
Formed in 1983, Fastway's self-titled debut album entered the U.K. charts at No. 43 and received very good reviews. One year later, "All Fired Up" was released and was a great success, thanks in no small part to high-profile support tours in the U.S. with Scorpions and Rush. In 1985 Waiting For The Roar saw the light of day and was followed by dates with AC/DC on the Fly On The Wall tour. In 1986 Fastway wrote the soundtrack to the horror movie Trick Or Treat starring Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons.
After 1986, Fastway released two more studio albums with a different lineup and issued several live and best-of LPs."