100 percent undiluted, kick-you-in-the-ass, loud and fun ROCK... And unlike most supergroups, Mach 5 lives up to expectations. More so than any release of recent memory, Meet Mach 5 makes me feel like I'm 12 years old again. It's got the same energy, attitude, and appeal of the music I loved as a seventh grader, when I'd carry my AC/DC LPs around like they were sacred artifacts. Like all good rock albums, Meet Mach 5 is strong all the way through and surprisingly high on variety. "Get It Up" is a fitting title for the opening track, because it would have given me an instant hard-on if I'd heard it back in junior high.
Talk about a supergroup! Mach 5 stars Boston rock vet Mach Bell, who fronted the primo '70s glam/hard rock band Thundertrain and later sang for the Joe Perry Project. He's joined by Dee Stroy, my favorite active lead guitarist and former member of Beantown punk/rock n' roll standouts Sugabomb and The johnnies (THE most underrated band of the 1990s, period!). Backed by a killer rhythm section (Jeff Thomas on bass and Jimmy Birmingham of the Real Kids on drums), Bell and Stroy have joined forces for one reason and one reason only: to rock!!!
Now Wave Magazine Online
I feel compelled to credit Producer Richard Marr and the Galaxy Park Studios. I take my ski mask off to them, cause the sound on this CD is nothing short of rabid!
This CD has enough hooks, harmony vocals, and three-chord nastiness to make anyone who craves some real rock injections to be utterly satisfied. Power drummer Jimmy Birmingham, twelve-string bassist Jeff Thomas, thrash guitarist Dee "Wild Man of Borneo" Stroy and beltsander-voiced Mach Bell have created a band that has more chemistry than MIT.
For anyone who thinks Mach reached his musical pinnacle with Thundertrain or Joe Perry, I've got front-page news for you. He's still climbing.
"Meet Mach 5" is a CD that grabs you by the neck, shakes you, and says "Shut off the damn radio!" Play it often, and play it loud!
Boston Groupie News
"Mach 5 (named after Speed Racer's car), have got something for everyone. Fans of hard rock, a la Thin Lizzy or early Aerosmith, will love the big, fat sound of this four piece powerhouse... Live, Mach 5 are as powerful as a locomotive, and always seem just about to careen out of control. Good stuff."
Razorcake Magazine online
MEET MACH 5 includes:
10 tracks Recorded and produced by Richard Marr at Galaxy Park Studios in Allston Rock City Mass. during summer 2005.
Liner notes by Mach Bell continue where his
“The Thundertrain Story 1974-1979" left off.
Cover design devised by John V.
Cover versions of “They Don’t Know” and “Under My Wheels”
Plus: Kenmore Square, Quincy Girl, Deadly Combination and more!
In Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" lead guitarist Joe Perry writes "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 wrote "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 hailed "Once a Rocker, Always a Rocker", the Joe Perry Project's 1983 MCA release co-written by Joe Perry and Mach Bell as "One of this years best hard rock albums."
Previously Mach sang with Thundertrain (1974-80). They appeared on the stages of the Rat, CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Featured in Rock Scene, Sounds, Variety, NME, Playboy and the Boston Globe. 16 Magazine frequently spotlighted Thundetrain and 18 year old Mach and the band even found themselves leading off Time Magazine's 1977 cover story introducing "Punk Rock" to the world.
Mach Bell & Joe Perry toured continuously for 3 years. Headling hundreds of venues including The Hollywood Palace, NYC's Bottom Line, the New England Dragway, Pocono Downs Speedway and the Poliedro Arena in Caracas Venezuela.
Mr. Bell's career has always been full of controversy. The liner notes of "The Best of the Joe Perry Project-The Music Still Does the Talking": attest that
"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 has toured, shared stages and performed along with a wide range of artists and bands including: Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, Guster, Dead Boys, Greg Allman, Dictators, Bleu, David Johansen Group, Alex Chilton, Leslie West & Mountain, Teenage Head, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Huey Lewis and the News, Point Blank, Nazareth,the Runaways, Duke and the Drivers, Lou Gramm, The Outlaws, Krokus, the Fleshtones, Marshall Tucker Band, the Romantics, Steppenwolf, Mink deVille, Savoy Brown, Iron Butterfly, James Montgomery, Blackfoot, Lita Ford, .38 Special, the Ramones, Gary US Bonds, Dresden Dolls, Clarence Clemons, Willie Alexander, Foghat, Til Tuesday, Andy Pratt, Hanoi Rocks, Kix, Steven Tyler, Killer Dwarfs, the Alarm, Rick Derringer, Stray Cats, the Cars and Bo Diddley.
All of Bell's recordings continue to be re-released internationally. "Black Velvet Pants" his MTV video with the Joe Perry Project continues to be seen on VH1 Classics and in various Aerosmith specials.