Hold That Thought Forever is the 4th album for the Last Conspirators. 11 new songs expressing the painful pleasure of redemption through the passionate desire of love. With this album the songwriting alliance of Tim Livingston and Nick Bisanz have crafted a lyrical and sonic soundscape that is reminiscent of the timeless rock albums of the 60s, 70s, and early 80s yet serving it all up with an undeniably modern edge.
From the pure power-pop of "Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World" and "Russian Eyes", to the sultry, soulful groove of "Addiction" through the mystical vibe of "1302 the album weaves into the urgent new-wave rush of " Fortune Teller" to the lustful spoken desire of "Tracks and the powerful ballad "Two Days In May". Despite being stripped of the politics and world affairs of previous releases, in lieu of matters of the heart, the Last Cons relinquish none of their powerful edge evident here in the stunning hard rock of "Blow Away The Sky", "The Truth and a Gun" and the swaggering "Alright".
Produced, engineered and mixed by Chris Fisher (Conehead Buddha) at Easter Island Studios, Hold That Thought Forever is the followup to the Last Conspirators three previous, critically acclaimed, releases. but launches the band into new territory both musically and lyrically.
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ALL MUSIC GUIDE““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... true believers, keeping the rock & roll flame burning even if it may no longer be fashionable to do so.. coming across like an Americanized version of the Clash… the Last Conspirators.. waging war against complacency and cherishing the rebels and outsiders on the fringes of American culture. .. raging against the light, whether it's dying or burning bright.."
BIG TAKEOVER MAGAZINE "If you want to know where the real songwriters in punk are this day and age, look no further.. a ’60s garage, pub rock, and Joe Strummer-fueled tempest"
The Last Conspirators are releasing their fourth album entitled Hold That Thought Forever early 2016. By all accounts it is even more musically diverse then the already eclectic musical offerings of their previous releases.
".. Opening track “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World” maintains its Ground Zero punk allegiances, bringing to mind a cross between Stiff Little Fingers, Eddie & the Hot Rods, and, yes, The Only Band That Matters. Livingston’s lyrical concerns are exactingly telegraphed in that title, while Bisanz’s concise riffs strike just the right balance between serrated and tuneful, … Elsewhere, in the soul/garage epic that is “Addiction,” Livingston outlines a Pandora’s Box of vice, a note of apprehension lining the usual swagger in his voice, as his bandmates circle restlessly behind him before the inevitable build-up and release. And both “Alright” (a snarling, bluesy stomp) and “Blow Away the Sky” (anthemic and rocking, and guaranteed to please your inner Blue Oyster Cult and MC5 fan) maintain a purposeful pace while never forgetting to inject the necessary dynamics at all the right cathartic moments." - Fred Mills Blurt Magazine
"New York State pop-rockers The Last Conspirators’s fourth album takes charge with muscular songs, written by singer Tim Livingston and guitarist Nick Bisanz, that demand attention. We’re playing four tracks in rotation, all surging with crunchy guitars, great hooks and Livingston’s urgent vocals: “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World,” “Fortune Teller,” “Russian Eyes,” and “Two Days in May,” a powerful ballad. Now playing in rotation and thrilling music lovers worldwide.” - Alan Haber Pure Pop Radio
"…straddling the line between punk-poetry and deep soul-searching.. powerful stuff.. the band known on past releases for their balls to the wall punk, have found a way, with this their fourth album, to take it to another level.. a lot of diversity on this album.. that they should be proud of it.. a very, very good record and a strong contender, in this the early stages of 2016, for local album of the year! - Howe Glassman WEXT 97.7FM
".. Livingston spits out his caustic vocals on the fuzz-busted “Alright” with deadly venom. And the album closes out with “Look at Me One More Time” – the most explosive rocker on the disc – even as Livingston lets loose his inner poet with spoken word sections over a churning hot-bed of raging guitars, brutal pounding and a squall of ghostly feedback.” - Nippertown
The Last Conspirators third album, A CELEBRATION OF FURY 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, the Trash Bar in Brooklyn, the Ding Dong Lunge in NYC 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, WDST,WVCR, WVKR, WRPI, WSPN, HITS 95.9, Triple U FM (Australia), Pure Pop Radio, Breakthru Radio, and have been featured on the UK's TBFM, RVL 103.1 (France) Strummerville DIY, Goldie's Garage on Sirius XM (Genya Ravan's show on the Underground Garage), Big Takeover Radio, WAMC’s Performance Place, CRUMBS Cafe, Capital Underground Radio, Babylon Street Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio and Kaleidoscope.
Last Conspirators: Tim Livingston - songwriting/vocals, Nick Bisanz - guitars/vocals/composing, Mike Grundy - bass, Ken Marchesani- drums,
Geo - keyboards/guitar/vocals