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“A powerful rock & roll band whose sound fuses old-school punk, roots rock, and heartland rock, with fierce, often politically charged lyrics on top. The Last Conspirators are fronted by singer and songwriter Tim Livingston a pioneering figure on the punk scene in
New York State’s Hudson Valley.”
The Last Conspirators third album, A CELEBRATION OF FURY, released in 2013, is the followup to their critically acclaimed WARPARTY and WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN releases. Blurt Magazine claims: "Joe Strummer would make these guys his new favorite band were he still alive". The Big Takeover Magazine calls it "an on-target attack in word and sound... a ’60s garage, pub rock, and Joe Strummer-fueled tempest". "A high-energy sonic assault, railing against corporate radio, mindless nostalgia and the powers that be… played with the palpable passion of rebellion, adding a new-found metallic edge to their already potent brand of politico psych-punk…" says Nippertown…"A Celebration of Fury must be considered one of the best local discs of the year..". UpstateLIVE Music Guide weighs in with "... the album goes through the multiple emotional levels of rebellion and protest, with powerful lyrics that make you question authority and classic punk angst that can start mosh pits in any location. The Last Conspirators have broken their silence and have encouraged a musical political revolution, reminding the listener that they have the power for change..."
In 2010 the band released WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN. Nippertown says; “Tim Livingston excels at writing hook-laden, politically charged paeans to pop culture, and his commando team play it rough and crunchy on the band’s powerhouse sophomore disc… the follow-up to band’s 2007 full-length debut “War Party” – gets pretty close to capturing the energy of their live shows, and if the New York Dolls played sixties psychedelic pop, this is what it would all sound like. Potent stuff.” The Big Takeover Magazine stated; “A five-song follow-up to Warparty, this equally potent recording hints these guys are not only are on to something good, they’re just getting started. Fronted by Upstate NY punk legend, Tim Livingston (whose credits go back to Killed-By-Death style Albany punks, the Morons), the band fills the same sonic space as the Clash, Adverts, Ruts, Stiff Little Fingers and New Model Army. If you want to know where the real songwriters in punk are this day and age, look no further”
WARPARTY, released in 2007, a set of old-school rock & roll protest songs, was called by the TIMES UNION “ The most potent politically charged disc of the year, walking the tightrope between punk passion and polished professionalism.” THE BIG TAKEOVER MAGAZINE said: “I hear Love, ‘60s blues rock balladry, ballsy post-punk mashers like 80s Australians, and dexterous guitars that prove ballast for Livingston’s burning convictions like “American Son” and our in-foreclosure U.S. of “Innocent”. HARP MAGAZINE called it: “incisive and poetic… overall an engaging album “, while CHRONOGRAM said: “…a quartet that brings a welcome, Information Age crunch to the tough, melodic sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s Brit-punk; think The Clash, The Jam, maybe The Ruts or the UK Subs, but with slightly glossier production values and lyrics that take shots at the soul-sucking, high-tech Noughties.” GARAGE & BEAT MAGAZINE concurs, “60s psychedelia and ’70s punk rage permeate this eclectic mix of angst rattled modern rock.”
The band’s live shows are emotional, high-energy sonic-affairs and so far they have showcased at such venues as; the Mercury Lounge in NYC, Maxwells in NJ, Club Helsinki in Hudson and various New York clubs & festivals. They have shared the stage with the The Blasters, Shonen Knife, Mike Watt, New Model Army, Willie Nile, Hamell On Trial, Echoes & Shadows, and the Murder Junkies. Individually Tim has performed with Tommy Stinson (Replacements) and Richard Barone and during his days in the Morons (1979-1982) Tim played in support of the Cramps, the Motels, The Stranglers, Gary Myrick & the Figures, Classix Nouveaux and Jack Cassidy's SVT.
The Last Cons have been played on radio stations; WFMU, WEXT, WEQX, WVCR, WVKR, WRPI, WSPN, Breakthru Radio, and have been featured on Strummerville DIY, Goldie's Garage on Sirius XM (Genya Ravan's show on the Underground Garage),WAMC’s Performance Place, CRUMBS Cafe, Capital Underground Radio, Babylon Street Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio and Kaleidoscope.
Last Conspirators: Tim Livingston - songwriting/vocals, Al Kash - drums, Terry Plunkett - guitar/production, Nick Bisanz - bass and guitars.