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Last Man Standing

by Last Man Standing

Hard Rock from singer Mach Bell (Thundertrain, Joe Perry Project) and guitarist Dave Zolla (Buckingham).
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1. New Day Blues
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2. Dr. Doctor
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3. Rise
4:16 $0.99
4. Don't Look Down
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5. Turnaround
4:11 $0.99
6. Got What You Want
3:44 $0.99
7. Still Dreaming(What Could Be)
4:05 $0.99
8. Funk #5
4:09 $0.99
9. Fire
4:16 $0.99
10. Miles and Miles
4:01 $0.99
11. Twilights Last Gleaming
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Album Notes
The album sounds like BLACK SABBATH battling BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, and is perhaps the best disc any of these gents have put out.
- New England Entertainment Digest

Lead vocalist Mach Bell has fronted bands such as gutsy hard rockers Thundertrain (Teenage Suicide, Hot For Teacher, Hell Tonite)--and Bell was the mouthpiece for the molten blues-metal of the Joe Perry Project.
Guitarist Dave Zolla's hot licks bring to mind the adventuresome riffing of guitar giants like Jimi Hendrix and Ronnie Montrose. And the rhythm section of Aart Knyff and Jon Gutlon provide not only an awesome sonic punch on the low end, but the duo also know how to lay down a heavy funkified groove--an almost lost art in today's music scene.

This band will, no doubt, please all the people who wonder what the hell happened to music for the past decade.
- 5plendid

Mach Bell has never sounded this good, and the guitar playing sounds like it is straight out of the Randy Rhoads school of non-stop crunch. "New Day Blues" opens up with a flurry of Jimi Hendrix riffs- starting with "Stone Free" while "Dr. Doctor" gives a nod to Bell's original band Thundertrain…

The musical pedigree of Last Man Standing is impressive indeed.
So, expectations understandably have run high for Bell's first major release since leaving the JPP. Fortunately Bell, and his songwriting partner, guitarist Dave Zolla don't disappoint. The disc opens with the hip-thrusting swagger of "New Day Blues" recalling past glories with both Thundertrain and the Joe Perry Project, while sporting a totally modern production vibe. And Bell distinguishes himself right away with his trademark whiskey-soaked howling. "Dr. Doctor" is an exhilarating heavy blues stomper.
"Turnaround" rocks hard, but also has radio-friendly pop hit potential. That goes double for "Still Dreaming (What Could Be)" which is a melodic gem that should melt the hearts of teenage girls everywhere, while still bringing in the head banging crowd. "Funk #5" combines a sort of cut-and-paste take on James Brown's lyrics with a track that Warren DeMartini wishes he wrote. "Miles and Miles" proves that Zolla is no slouch in the guitar gymnastics department with dazzling fretwork to spare. "Twilight's Last Gleaming" seems to speak to our nation's recent tragedy and yet is enigmatic enough to defy easy categorization.
All in all, the Last Man Standing CD marks a much-needed return to ballsy hard rockin' music after a turgid decade of gutless teenybopper pop, soulless grunge, mindless hip-hop and clueless rap-metal. LMS are the real deal.
- Chris Parcellin

Lead guitarist/record producer DAVE ZOLLA spearheads LAST MAN STANDING, strumming his custom built, high performance Mor Paul guitar. Dave founded LAST MAN STANDING with sidekick Mach Bell in the spring of 1996. The two spent many months jamming, writing material and auditioning players. Zolla tracked, mixed and mastered the debut album at his ZOLLA PRO recording studios located in Norwood Ma. Previously Dave led progressive rockers Buckingham performing at Boston's Paradise Theater and the Channel. Zolla has a long list of album production credits that span hip-hop, jazz, spoken word and rock artists.

JON GUTLON is the steam-rolling drummer for LAST MAN STANDING. Speaking softly but carrying big sticks, solemn Jon works hard. His powerful sound drives the debut LMS CD.

AART KNYFF, best known as the lead guitarist for Boston metal-rocking L88, busts out his Warwick bass guitar to round out the LAST MAN STANDING line up. Dutchman Aart is a talented singer/songwriter with a lot of stage experience.

In "Walk This Way" the 1997 autobiography of Aerosmith, Joe Perry says "My new singer Cowboy Mach Bell was a rock 'n' roll guy who grew up in the town over from me, Holliston MA, and had a group called Thundertrain. He loved to rave and be in a band...."

The Toronto Star says "Mach Bell is a leather voiced singer in the Bon Scott mold who is more than willing to take the center stage spotlight." Circus Magazine called "Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker", the Joe Perry Project's 1983 MCA release, co-written by Joe Perry and Mach Bell "One of this years best hard rock albums."

Mach toured continuously for 3 years with the JPP, headlining at hundreds of venues including The Hollywood Palace, NYC's Bottom Line, Pocono Speedway, the Agora Ballroom circuit, Toronto's El Macombo, the New England Dragway and the huge Poliedro Arena in Caracas Venezuela.

Mach's career was always full of controversy... According to the liner notes of 1999's "The Best of the Joe Perry Project-The Music Still Does the Talking" - "If breathless reports of the day are to be believed, a roaring drunk Bell took to periodically parading around in the nude, creating havoc...."

Mach Bell also fronted the glory stomping Thundertrain for five years (1974-79). Bell was a regular in the pages of Rock Scene, The Boston Phoenix, The Boston Groupie News and 16 Magazine who called the 18-year-old singer "sexy and sensational ". Thundertrain even got a mention in Time Magazine's cover story on punk rock..

Thundertrain were featured on the seminal double LP "Live at the Rat" and had a hit in the U.K. with "Hot For Teacher!" the single taken from their 1977 Jelly/JEM album "Teenage Suicide". Thundertrain performed with many stars including Thin Lizzy, David Johansen, The Runaways, the Romantics and The Cars. Mach and Thundertrain played at almost every high school and college campus in New England as well as appearing regularly at famed clubs including Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, The Rat and the Cleveland Agora.

Over the past decades there has been a renewed interest in Mach's rock 'n' roll career. All of his Thundertrain and Joe Perry recordings continue to be re-released internationally. Dozens of bootlegs, concert videos and Internet fan-sites have sprung up. "Black Velvet Pants" the MTV video featuring Mach with the Joe Perry Project has been replayed on VH1 and MTV.



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Makes GUITAR WORLD fans drool!

LAST MAN STANDING- Brett McCallon 2/4/2002

…they have perfected the post-70's guitar heroics that dominated the airwaves and MTV up until about "92, and they see no reason to modify their sound in light of the last decade's musical developments. The guitar parts are bombastic and technically impressive, the bass lines are- straight ahead, and the drums pound just like the drums in Skid Row's "Youth Gone Wild" did when I turned my dad's stereo all the way up and reveled in ninth-grade alienation.

Singer Mach Bell's voice is not of the high- pitched, screechy ilk that led the aforementioned band: he sounds more like Bon Scott than Axl Rose. All of the band's songs were written by Bell and axeman Dave Zolla, and each tune reserves sixteen bars or so for the kind of guitar solo that makes GUITAR WORLD fans drool…

This band will, no doubt, please all the people who wonder what the hell happened to music for the past decade.

Metronome Magazine

Last Man Standing BLAZE with 21st Century STYLE!

HEARINGS by Douglas Sloane -

This band kicks ass! But what would you expect from a former Joe Perry Project frontman?
That's right… lead singer Cowboy Mach Bell is back with a band called LAST MAN STANDING that features the blazing guitar work of Dave Zolla and the crushing rhythm section of bassist Aart Knyff and drummer Jon Gutlon.
Collectively, these four vets put hard rock back on it's feet and send it into the arena for battle. The result is a searing collection of hard driving originals fueled by Bell's whiskey soaked vocals and Zolla's pummeling guitar work.

Taking cues from everyone from Hendrix to Bad Company, LAST MAN STANDING lights the fuse and lets the music blaze with 21st century style. The disc was also recorded and produced by Dave Zolla who proves to be a multi-talented addition to this formidable outfit.

Best cuts include the fiery "New Day Blues" , the King's X influenced "Don't Look Down" , the Tubes infused "Funk #5" , and the mind boggling "Miles and Miles".

New England Entertainment Digest

...Mach's new band is LAST MAN STANDING and their self titled disc emerged the first of January 2002. With Aart Knyff on bass from L88, and Buckingham's Dave Zolla on guitar, LAST MAN STANDING features eleven Bell/Zolla originals and they rock. The album sounds like BLACK SABBATH battling BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, and is perhaps the best disc any of these gents have put out. Boy, if the JOE PERRY third album sounded like this... the humor Mach injected into THUNDERTRAIN is evident here, but the band blasts away unconcerned by Bell's pychosis...Zolla certainly likes his JIMI HENDRIX but the TOMMY IOMMI influence is evident as well.

Hank Wright

This is how Rock 'n' Roll is SUPPOSED to sound!
I'm not usually the type of person that would review a CD, but I feel the need to give a little back to CDBaby and to Last Man Standing... so, here goes!
The most simple way to describe this cd is to come right out and call it a classic. The voice of Mach Bell, the guitar work of Dave Zolla, and the awesome rythm section of Jon Gutlon and Aart Knyff combine to make a hard rock classic that would make Led Zep or Aerosmith green with envy. A band that can combine hard rock music with a bluesy/soulful twist is becoming rare these days, so do yourself a favor and check these guys out!

L.A.Joe- Soundcheck Magazine

"...R&R just like Clapton and Hendrix used to play"
Last Man Standing - 11-song CD HHHH
Produced and Engineered by Dave Zolla; Recorded and Mastered at Zolla Productions, Norwood, MA; Final mastering at DRT by David
Man, that’s some good ol’ fashioned R&R just like Clapton and Hendrix used to play. Got a four-member guitar band with an excellent lead
vocalist who, ever so slightly, reminds me of AC/DC’s dearly departed original lead vocalist. Lots of grit and pepper and personality.
Drums and bass are solid and I love the guitar player. The lyrics are your standard commercial rock fair - heavy on the attitude. I’m loving it,
though by today’s radio play standards, it is a bit dated. But who gives a krappe? It’s so well done.
I’m nutz about “Rise,” “Don’t Look Down,” “Got What You Want” with its huge, trashy drum sound, “Still Dreaming (What Could Be)” with its
acoustic guitar intro. And piano-powered chorus, “Fire,” “Miles and Miles” - hell, I like all of them. I’m happy, happy with the whole bunch:
attitude, looks, songs - yup, everything. Well done.
- L.A. Joe

Amg All Music Guide


Bostonians Mach Bell and Dave Zolla began writing the songs that make up the self-titled Last Man Standing 11 song CD in the spring of 1996 and completed the recordings on August 29, 2001. The result is the most polished and exciting disc featuring the former lead singer of Thundertrain and MCA recording artist The Joe Perry Project …This record is an absolute assault, and for fans of hard rock and heavy metal, the boys just rip it apart.
Artie Knyff from L-88 is on bass, his band reaching #1 on the regional charts in the early 80's…while co-songwriter and producer Dave Zolla was one of the mainstays of Buckingham, a progressive unit that had an immense regional following. These veterans of New England's hard rock scene come back with a vengeance…This elaborate package was crafted with care and excellence, from the superb cover art and lyric booklet, to the thunderous sound of the band. Mach Bell has never sounded this good, and the guitar playing sounds like it is straight out of the Randy Rhoads school of non-stop crunch. "New Day Blues" opens up with a flurry of Jimi Hendrix riffs- starting with "Stone Free" while "Dr. Doctor" gives a nod to Bell's original band Thundertrain… The nearest thing to a ballad is the Alice Cooper-ish "Still Dreaming (What Could Be)"} on an album chock full of Mach Bell's trademark tongue-in-cheek humor and Dave Zolla's real debut as a guitarist to be reckoned with…Superb hard rock played to the hilt.