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Dec
16
Last Day To Live @ Starlight Ballroom

philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Nov
27
Last Day To Live @ Big A Bar

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Nov
01
Last Day To Live @ Mojo 13

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

Wilmington, Delaware, USA

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By Jesse Reilly
Staff Writer

If the audience likes to sit back and listen, Joe Manzo, front man for Last Day to Live, a local metal band with members from Philadelphia, Delaware County and New Jersey, said this might not be the show for them.

“Whether it’s dancing or moshing or handing the microphone over to people in the audience, I get the crowd into it,” the 24-year-old said.

Together for a little over a year, the metal band describes its sound as similar to Killswitch Engage and All That Remains.

“Basically we play with precision and brutality,” Manzo said. “Things go from fast and melodic to soft and slow quickly because of all the varying influences we pull from. We have ballads and absolutely brutal breakdowns.”

The group’s upcoming show at the Trocadaro Theatre on May 17 promises the same mix.

“People coming can expect a good set, good music and a very energetic crowd,” drummer Paul Nasella said. “Our shows are usually a pretty good time.”

Playing all original music, Manzo said the lyrics are pulled from themes that everyone can relate to.

“We have a song called ‘Stand Your Ground’ and that is all about standing up for what you believe in and doing it all or nothing,” he said. “It’s kind of the same concept as our band’s name. People always think it’s morbid, but we look at it like the chance to put everything you are into something, to live like it’s your last day.”

Because of the band’s upbeat show and relatable lyrics, Manzo said much of his energy comes from the crowd.

“Being up there is a total adrenaline rush; it’s awe-inspiring,” he said. “Since we’re playing more frequently, we’ve been seeing some of the same people come out and nod their heads or sing along, and there is nothing like seeing someone sing along to something that you created.”

Although the quintet met through Craigslist.com, both the drummer and singer agree that there is chemistry.

“We all have dominant creative personalities and bring something different to the table, but because of that we mesh really well together and can fuse different ideas and sounds,” Manzo said.

For Nasella, the writing process is where the group’s compatibility is highlighted.

“Someone will come up with a riff and everyone just kind of throws around ideas and something comes out of it,” he said. “We just play along.”

Averaging two to three shows a month, the band said it is focused on branching out of the Philadelphia and Delaware County area this summer.

“We’ve played in New Jersey and Delaware, but we’re hoping to go to New York and Virginia,” Manzo said. “We’re just working on getting heard.”

The band is working on scheduling a mini-tour in July that would start in Connecticut and work its way to Virginia with bands Machete and M-16.

In addition to their touring schedule, the group is finishing up work on its first full-length record that is set to release in the next few months.

“We’re very proud of it and are just trying to get it in the hands of a lot of people and the right people,” Nasella said of the yet-to-be-titled album. “We’re hoping to get T-shirts and stickers printed too.”

Describing his love of music as release that he would go crazy without, Manzo said that even though music isn’t his “day job” now, he thinks Last Day to Live has what it takes.

“Nothing would make me happier than to have my passion become my job,” he said. “Every person in this band has the drive and the talent to make that happen and now we just have to make it happen.” - Ticket Magazine


Discography

Demo - Summer 2008

Last Day To Live - Raw and Uncut Sampler - Summer 2009

Last Day To Live - All or Nothing - Spring 2010

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By Paul Nasella

After a solid start in 2008, which saw them play a number of shows and record their first demo, the coming year already looks more than promising for local up-and-coming metal band, Last Day to Live.

Currently based out of a small practice space in Eddystone, Delaware County, the quintet consists of Joe Manzo, vocals; Mark Miller, guitar; Carlos Pagan, guitar; Ryan Sullivan, bass; and Paul Nasella, drums.

Initially started as garage jam sessions, Last Day to Live has since developed into a five-man force that has already taken the stage at the Trocadero Balcony Bar and the Crocodile Rock Café, in Allentown. In 2009, the group really looks to set things off.

“We’ve got high hopes for the new year,” said lead vocalist, songwriter and graphic designer, Manzo. “It’s a new year. It’s a new start. We’re off on the right foot, so hit the ground running.

“We have three songs coming up. We have things falling in place…we have a lot on our plate and a lot coming up. We just have to be ready for it.”

“We’ve taken things really seriously,” said Pagan, originally of San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Camden, N.J. “My goal is to open for big-name bands. I’ve done it before and I want to do it again and I want to do it with you guys. The fact that it’s out there, we just got to make it happen.”

Last Day to Live has hit the ground running indeed, as the band already have six shows lined up throughout the tri-state area and plan to record their first EP within the first few weeks of January, thanks to the support of Richard “Chino” Rodriguez of Street Influence Records.

“Make stuff happen,” said Pagan, of the upcoming shows and studio time. “I have no doubt. So far we’ve been kicking ass. So [Chino’s] going to see that stuff. He’s not going to regret coming to us.”

It has been an interesting journey for the men who can thank Craigslist.org for setting in motion the music they share today. Although each of them knew one another from former bands, the site helped gradually bring them back together again beginning with Miller’s August 2007 posting.

“It all began with Mark and me,” said Nasella, 24, of Prospect Park. “I don’t remember the specifics, but I remember Mark sent me a riff he had and I almost fell over when I heard it. We started practicing once a week and I’ve been hooked ever since.”

Manzo joined the group about six months later, due in part to a Craigslist posting of his own.

“I was working for the Eagles at the time and heard his old band, Voice of Defiance, had broken up,” Nasella explained. “I checked Craigslist a few weeks afterward and found a posting from a metal singer/screamer. Lo and behold, it turned out to be him.”

Once Manzo was in the fold, the trio crafted early forms of “Thrown Away,” “Stand Your Ground,” “Gemini,” “Intro Song” and “After We’ve Lost Everything,” which they recorded as part of the group’s first demo in early summer of 2007. Pagan and Sullivan joined shortly afterwards and have since enabled the group to take their brand of metal to new heights.

“Since we’ve picked up Carlos and Ryan, the music itself has grown tremendously,” said Manzo, 24, of South Philadelphia. “The complexity, the changes, the writing process itself — we’re able to expand off of what we have and we’re able to make that better and come up with new innovative material. It keeps getting better and better.”

“Everybody comes from a different background musically,” Miller added. “Everybody loves metal, but they love different parts of metal and we combine it…[and try] to create something organic.”

Since their humble beginnings in Miller’s garage, the band’s set has expanded to nine songs ranging from slow and melodic to downright brutal. Manzo explained that the inspiration behind the music is a combination of good people, good vibes, and a means to vent day-to-day emotions.

“What keeps me going is life in general,” Manzo said. “Everybody needs a way to get whatever is inside out…this is my outlet. This is everything I can’t say in everyday life. This is my way of expressing that and working with four other people that allow me to do what is just…scary and amazing and terrifying.”

A challenge that arose early on was what to call their five-headed metal attack. While researching names, longtime band friend Rex McWilliams uttered ‘Last Day to Live.” One day after practice while standing in Miller’s driveway narrowing down a name, Manzo stabbed the sheet of paper, putting a hole through the band’s newly adopted moniker: LAST DAY TO LIVE.

“When people first hear it, you think it’s kind of like a negative thing,” Manzo said. “But I don’t look at it as ‘this is your Last Day to Live and you’re going to die’; no, I look at it as ‘do something like it’s your Last Day to Live’; ‘put everything you are into it.”

“That’s how I live my life; you grip it and you rip it,” said Miller, 23, of Strafford, Chester County.

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