The idea of Last to Fire started in the summer of 2012 in a UMBC parking lot. Jason Palumbo and Evan Ponter had been playing music together for two years and finally decided to form a full band with Jason as the lead vocalist. The genre of soul was quickly identified as the guiding light for musical decisions. Evan took on the role of guitarist, while Jason provided the low-end on keys and focused on vocals. The hunt for the remaining members began.

Chad Yan, a close friend of Evan and fraternity brother of Jason, was approached with an offer to play drums. After a few sessions of practicing together at UMBC, he became the third member. The trio worked to familiarize themselves with each other musically and prepared some material so that they could continue their search for band mates.

Alex Appelbaum, a fraternity brother of Jason, was invited to audition on bass in December, and quickly fit right in with the band's sound and vision. He cemented the initial lineup for Last to Fire, and the quartet quickly scrambled to polish their set for the December 30th debut show at the Recher Theatre in Towson, MD.

After a few months of playing shows, the band reached out to a pair of horn players to join the band in late June of 2013. Logan Goodspeed (a trumpeter and fraternity brother of Jason, Alex, and Chad) and Daniel Eldred (a tenor saxophonist) played together until November of that year, when Daniel parted ways with the band. The lineup has remained intact since then, and the sights were set on recording an album.

Their debut EP was recorded in the early months of 2014 with help from audio engineer and good friend Shane Stanton. On June 27, 2014, the 5-track debut EP was released. This project proved to be a turning point for the band, as they saw what they were capable of and what they wanted to do next. After considerable thought, guitarist Evan and bassist Alex decided to switch instruments. The whole band felt that they could play a better show in this formation, and wanted to see what was possible as they began writing material for their next album.

The second EP is slated to be recorded in 2015 with hopes for a release in the summer.

Last to Fire continues to play gigs monthly. Check out the show calendar to find a live show near you!


Last to Fire is currently accepting offers for gigs. Whether it's a concert in a traditional venue or a private event, we are flexible and will work with you to deliver a high-quality performance.

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