When Miles Zuniga set out to record his new solo record The Ghosts Have Bones, he didn't set out to make an album like the multi-platinum band from whence he came, Fastball. It wasn't a group record but one to exorcise the pain from the end of a 10 year relationship. "Waking up in an empty house, it was nice to have somewhere to go," he says of the recording process. "My basic attitude was that I would get the record done with whoever was able to come in that day." Enlisting the likes of bassist Bruce Hughes (Bob Schneider, Jason Mraz) and drummer John Chipman (Band of Heathens), Miles created an album deep in emotion but exuberant in melodies. In celebration of its release, Miles will be hitting the road for a handful of dates in his native Texas before embarking on a string of shows supporting old friend Matthew Sweet. "I can honestly say I've seen Matthew Sweet more than any other artist on the planet," he says, respectfully. "Fastball toured with Matthew way back in 1996 and '97 and I watched him every single night of the tour. He was great and he had a Gibson double neck SG with the twelve string like Jimmy Page uses on 'Stairway to Heaven' in the movie The Song Remains the Same. I wonder if he still has that guitar?"
Set for release on September 27, 2011, The Ghost Have Bones was not only therapeutic but also a positive reinforcement of his effect on his fans who have supported him since Fastball's 1996 debut Make Your Mama Proud and their commercial breakthrough All The Pain That Money Can Buy, which yielded such massive hits as "The Way", "Fire Escape" and "Out of My Head."
These Ghosts Have Bones is a lush and melodic album rife with the kind of sharp pop hooks that Miles is well-known for - from the opening pop opus "Marfa Moonlight" to the harmonic rock of "Rock Paper Scissors", to the melancholic loneliness of "Elizabeth" to the achingly sad acoustic ballad "You Can't Break My Heart." "My main muse for the album was my ex-wife," Miles reflects. "It's funny because she said she always wanted to be my muse. This time she definitely was. The cliche is that the best music comes from heartbreak. I'm sad to report that it's totally true."
Ready to support his album and his run of dates with Matthew Sweet, Miles is excited to get back on the road. "Touring is a good environment for a live set to evolve in so I'm curious to see what the set looks like by the end of the year," he replies. "The band is me, myself and I. I do have a loop pedal so you might hear two or three guitars going but it's gonna be me on stage."