Okay, it took me a while to listen to this entire CD because I had to play the first track, “Luther Hamilton Blues,” about ten times in a row. Yeah, it’s that good. A psychedelic tribal vamp evolves into a chanting punk verse before finally blossoming into a glorious pop chorus. Frontman Tim Livingston excels at writing hook-laden, politically charged paeans to pop culture, and his commando team (crackerjack Nippertown music veterans Al Kash on drums, Terry Plunkett on guitar and Jeff Sohn on bass) play it rough and crunchy on the band’s powerhouse sophomore disc. Other standouts include the Clash-like “Who Wants a Revolution Anyway?” and the ferocious, go-for-the-throat, garage-rock rumble of “History,” but there’s not a clunker in the bunch. “Long Live TV” (is this the third song Livingston has written about television?) evokes the ghost of Robert Hazard, while “It’s Late” is a tender and delicate ballad that stacks up the requisite dramatic refrains.Produced by Chris Fisher at his Easter Island Studios in Coxsackie, this 5-song EP – 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.”
"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"
METROLAND MAGAZINE BEST LOCAL RECORDINGS 2010
“Tim Livingston’s quartet have pulled off a rare balancing act. The sociopolitical character of his songs are given such confidently forceful flight by the taut guitar-bass-drums that the music is not a backing track to broadsides, but its beating heart equal. It’s also a well-known fact that if you don’t have a good drummer you might as well stay home, and in Al Kash, the Last Conspirators have a great one.”
THE TIMES UNION BEST CDS OF 2007
The Last Conspirators WARPARTY (Driving Rain) - " The most potent politically charged disc of the year, walking the tightrope between punk passion and polished professionalism."“Tim Livingston, the lead singer and dynamic frontman who formed the Morons while still a teen, is leaping back into the spotlight with a new band, the Last Conspirators. Featuring 10 sharp, original tunes from Livingston, "Warparty" is a ferocious album, brimming with barbed, political protest anthems, set to a surprisingly varied musical attack by guitarist Terry Plunkett, drummer Al Kash and bassist Jeff Sohn. The high energy of Livingston's punk days is still there for all to hear, but now there's more -- echoes of the New York Dolls, Little Steven, even Neil Young's Crazy Horse. “Rock 'n' roll keeps on rockin'.”
“Following up on their 2007 debut long player, Warparty, Albany’s Last Conspirators have unleashed another shot across the bow of a too-often-complacent rock soundscape. The songs evince an unshaken belief in the punk-rock ethic, starting with the all-in, soulful commitment of front man Tim Livingston’s vocals. Although the defiance of songs such as “History” and “Who Wants a Revolution Anyway” is present and correct, the music is anything but punk-by-numbers agitprop. The line-up of Livingston, bassist Jeff Sohn, guitarist Terry Plunkett, and drummer Al Kash is a vibrant testimonial of the Capital District’s close-knit but eclectic scene. The Conspirator’s sonic DNA is encoded with elements of glam, post-punk, psychedelia, and roots-rock. “Luther Hamilton’s Blues” struts forth on a bedrock rhythmic foundation, then layers on guitar fanfare that is by turns fractured and plangent before Livingston turns the lyric of a personal quest into a parable of a nation’s search to restore its collective mojo, underscored with Iggy-style primal howling. These recordings possess an immediacy that hints at the band’s infrequent but powerful live performances. Sure, the amps are cranked up really high, but the dynamic arrangements are the real payoff for the listener. “History” begins with anthemic guitar scrubbing, propelled by a hook-laden bass line before Plunkett launches the band to the stratosphere and back, pausing with Livingston cutting through the onslaught with an impassioned cry of “It’s too late for the future!” It’s never too late for music with this much craft and heart.”
“Produced by Chris Fisher (Conehead Budda) at Easter Island Studios, The Last Conspirators’ “When It All Comes Down” is the follow-up to the band’s recent “Warparty,” and it continues with its rocking apocalyptic themes. The Hudson Valley-based band features leader Tim Livingston on vocals, the venerable Al Kash (Savoy Brown, Commander Cody) on drums, Terry Plunkett on guitar and Jeff Sohn on bass. From the ominous “Luther Hamilton Blues,” facetious (we hope) “Long Live TV” (powered by a dreamy surf guitar and impassioned vocal) and the revolutionary taking inventory rant of “Who Wants A Revolution Anyway,” the Last Conspirators rock — and rock hard. There’s a sense of history here, a tip of that hat to what came before, but a firm, non-nostalgic acknowledgement of where we are now, which is needed and appreciated. Real rock for real people.”
“Tim Livingston gets political in a punk rock way on the Last Conspirators' sophomore release, "When It All Comes Down."Tracks like "Luther Hamilton Blues" and "Who Wants a Revolution Anyway" sizzle with old school rock 'n' roll rage, backed by a crack rhythm section and Terry Plunkett's big guitar.With its surf-inflected guitar breaks and pointed lyrical lampooning, "Long Live TV," co-written with bassist Jeff Sohn, conjures a melodic, mellower Dead Kennedys. Best is "It's Late," a ballad about the fears and joys in a long-term relationship. The Last Conspirators are a band with deep roots. 30 years ago, Livingston was vocalist for the pioneering Albany punk band The Morons and his snarl remains intact, even if his topics have matured. Drummer Al Kash was also the motivator behind Fear of Strangers, who created a national buzz long before the good kids in Phantogram were born.Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the brief "When It All Comes Down" ends with "History," the riffing ersatz title track that proclaims "it's too late for the future!"
“Upstate NY band led by Tim Livingston on vocals. They seem to take influence from several UK bands (The Clash, The Adverts, The Ruts, etc.) and add the needed passion (and hooks) to make this one a winner.”THE LAST CONSPIRATORS- WARPARTY- DRM- this band is led by former Morons vocalist (and Sundazed Records employee) Tim Livingston. He’s been on the scene forever and you can tell as the 10 songs on WARPARTY range from gutsy punk to more jagged post punk to more bluesy/psych (“American Son” sounds like it could of been a Love cover) while “Crash” slinks into elements of dub. This was released in 2007 but regardless, a fine, fine listen."
"Frontman Tim Livingston was an original '70s punk, leading Albany's Morons when that was brave down on the Bowery - never mind the Hudson Valley. You can deduce his age (and likely his three band mates) but you'd detect little vestige on WARPARTY. Maybe because he hasn't made an LP in 15 years (Since GHOSTRUNNER's lone Beneath the Apocalyptic Rain), or because he works at valuable '60's reissue label Sundazed - but the appetite remains for a variety of styles replete with political awareness. Reviewers flail at pinning this down, raining comparisons from Voidoids, and the Flesheaters, to the Jam, later Clash, Love and New Model Army. I hear Love, '60's blues rock balladry, ballsy post-punk mashers like 80's Australians, and dexterous guitars that prove ballast for Livingston's burning convictions like "American Son" and our in-foerclosure U.S. of "Innocent"."
"When It All Comes Down’ is the EP-length latest from New York’s Last Conspirators. That title is lifted from the closing track, “History”, which happens to be one of my fave guitar raves at the moment. Frontman Tim Livingston is in typically fiery form, howling ‘oh sh*t’-provoking proclamations like, “It’s too late for the future.” Livingston’s not so easy to upstage but on this track, his Co-Conspirators just might’ve pulled it off, especially guitarist Terry Plunkett. This guitarist has got style, cranking out the kinda chaotic solo that in another time might’ve left even Robert Quine scratching his head. Sometimes it’s the details that count. There’s a moment in “History”, precisely at the 26 second mark, where this flashy bastard gives the wah wah treatment to exactly one chord. If James Williamson came up with something this economically cool (of course, he still might), I’d be hailing it performance of the year."
"On the Last Conspirators new CD, 'Warparty', the unflappably laid-back Tim Livingston sounds like he's unraveling a little; conjuring up a more deranged version of Mick Jones of the Clash. Trust me, that's a good thing, as are tunes like the mid-seventies CBGB's folk-rock of "American Son", the spacy guitar psychedelics of "Help", plus the ripping "Tribulation Blues" which recalls vintage Richard Hell & the Voidoids. And when's the last time you heard a song that reminded you of Arthur Lee's "Message to Pretty"? The title track does just that, at least to these ears. Best of all is "Crash". Other than the unavoidable reality that it's on a tiny Upstate NY indie with no distribution, this song has got hit written all over it. "
“Longtime local scenesters will probably know Last Conspirators main man Tim Livingston. From 1979 to 1982 he fronted pioneering Capital Region punk outfit The Morons, which regularly held court to pogoing throngs at clubs like Bogie’s and the Chateau Lounge and shared bills with top draws like The Cramps, The Stranglers, and, of course, Blotto. After The Morons burned out, Livingston returned with another project, Ghostrunner, which released one album, 1993’s Beneath the Apocalyptic Rain, before calling it quits.But, as they say, you can’t keep a good man down. Nearly 15 years later, Livingston is back with The Last Conspirators, 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. (Check out “Crash,” brimming with grinding guitars and Livingston’s hoarse, desperate vocals; or “Walking in Hellfire,” a moody tour de force highlighted by some sweltering guitar leads.) Warparty, however, isn’t just one rocker after another. The disc also features a handful of protest ballads, Dylan- and Arthur Lee-influenced tracks like the title cut and “American Son,” a commentary on suburban alienation."
“Like Mike Ness or Iron Cross’ Sab Grey, onetime Morons frontman Tim Livingston has settled into punk-rock middleagedom : still capable of the two-minute flame-thrower, but also digging roots rock, harmonicas and the mid-tempo in general, with political insight you just don’t have when you are 19. Warparty is an album of torch songs and patriotic protest tunes - think American Oi! with out the hooligan tomfoolery - performed in a hodgepodge of styles: There’s OG, Clash-ish punk rock, a John Cougar-Springsteen hybrid, artier 70’s guitar rock and even a beach-party jam. Livingston’s words can be incisive and poetic, as on Warparty (“Last night in an enemy village/They treated us like guests/ They fed us with compassion/We burned it when we left” ) ... Overall an engaging album.”
‘One of my fondest memories of visiting New York for one of the mondo sixties blow out shows was meeting Tim Livingston while he was manning the Sundazed Music merch table. I was never aware of his punk outfit from "the day," The Morons, but I like this latest group. The sound here is straight ahead rock and roll with an eccentric vocal edge. Tim sings and writes all his material. The Last Conspirators remind me a bit of Richard Hell and The Voidoids, Saccharine Trust and The Flesheaters. Tim sings passionately about war, alienation and life in a crazy world. Fellow Sundazed rock god Bob Irwin mastered the tracks and lent guitar duties on one track, "Walking in Hellfire." Music is in Tim's blood and he brings a wealth of influences to his songs. '60s psychedelia and '70s punk rage permeate this eclectic mix of angst rattled modern rock.
(Shonen Knife w/ The Last Conspirators) “Sign me up for the Tim Livingston punk-rock workout video. The magnetic frontman of Albany’s Last Conspirators frog-hopped up and down during “Tribulation Blues,” sank down to his haunches to belt the semi-ironic “Long Live TV,” and stalked energetically about the stage while drummer Al Kash, guitarist Terry Plunkett and bassist Nick Bisanz bashed out a set of straight-up, old school rockers.”
(Shonen Knife w/ The Last Conspirators) “Local vets the Last Conspirators opened the show in grand style, pumping out rock-solid songs over the humungous beat of Al Kash, the nuanced psychedelic slinkiness of my new favorite guitarist Terry Plunkett, and, of course, the boundless voltage of the irrepressible Tim Livingston."
“The power, the raw energy, the passion. This was one of the most honest shows I have seen in a long time. Keeping true to their 80’s punk soul, The Last Conspirators, led by Tim Livingston, belted out some killer songs and often seen trying to bust out of the relatively small stage for such a band. At one point he vaulted over the stage rail, got in the face of the crowd with his direct lyrics, and didn’t back down. This episode was recorded at Larkfest ’07. The band was first in a long line up of bands to go on. Even though they started at 11:00 am they still managed to generate a healthy crowd. It must have been the power, the raw energy, and the passion of the music."
— Matt Mac Haffie, NIPPERTOWN
“Friday night in the city of the dead. It’s too easy to say passion for music is a young man’s game. To fly the flag a long time is a hard thing. Tim Livingston – frontman for the Last Conspirators – continues to burn with the need to generate real rock with a true sense of punk urgency. Pounding out the mid-tempo, well-crafted numbers tempered with maturity yields a Social Distortion-like state of mind. The Last Conspirators are a murderer’s row of musicians. With Al Kash on drums, Terry Plunkett on guitar and Jeff Sohn on bass, they are players who can (along with Livingston) trace their roots to the Units, Names For Numbers and the Morons (a who’s-who of first generation Albany punk).Making one of their all-too-rare public performances...”
Andrew Gregory - CRUMBS Blog Times Union
"This was followed by a set by TL’s current band, The Last Conspirators. Five years on from their first show, the band lineup now includes Nick Bisanz offering bottom-end bass power ala Ronny Wood. Drummer Al Kash always provides a solid and steady crafted backbeat, and innovative guitarist Terry Plunkett seemed on this night to be channeling a mashed-up psychedelic punk combination of Robin Trower and Pete Townshend. Now-classic Con anthems were stapled into a set which also featured several new songs making their debut. As always, TL stalked the club and bar top, at one point emphasizing a point with a near empty water bottle thrown to the floor. But what’s this – a kinder and gentler TL that picks up same bottle from the floor? Naw… sometimes a celebration of fury requires you pick up what has been tossed aside, to refill and return with new recorded commentary on current society ills. Looking forward to that.
Fred Rudofsky - Nippertown
"...the Last Conspirators were already playing full throttle as I entered the ballroom of Michael’s Banquet House, where a large crowd of people danced like it was 1979. The late Joe Strummer would have been proud; I imagined the punk rock warlord raising a Guinness to the band as they tore into originals like “Who Wants a Revolution Anyway” and “History,” the latter beginning with Tim Livingston’s declaration of “Drink to all our futures! Long live J.B. Scott’s!” and then closing out with his microphone stand getting bent in half."
"Led by Capital Region mover and shaker Tim Livingston, the Last Conspirators have lasted a long 5 years, and will play a show at Valentines to remind everyone why.Along with punk (the Morons) pioneer Livingston, the band includes the famed Al Kash (Fear Of Strangers) certainly one of the best drummers from the area, guitarist Terry Plunkett and bass player Nick Bisanz. The band's rough-hewn sound perfectly fits its politically charged fare. The Last Conspirators don't play it safe, but in times like these, no one should.This seems like a big year for the band; not only are they having the fifth anniversary party at Valentine's, they are on the bill for the highly anticipated JB Scott's reunion in May, and there's rumor of a new album soon.But let's hope there will be cake, and that they play "Walking In Hellfire" while the candles are being blown out.The Knyghts of Fuzz will provide an opening set, as well as a Morons tribute set."
Kirsten Ferguson - Nippertown
"...After a quick breather, Stone returned with drummer Al Kash, guitarist Terry Plunkett and new bassist Nick Bisanz to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Last Conspirators.“I started in the Morons in 1978. Here I am still doing this shit,” quipped Stone even though he showed no signs of slowing down during the Conspirators’ primal-energy fueled set, which included several songs from an upcoming album: “No Time for Egos” and the uncommonly positive “Somewhere Tonight.
Michael Eck - Times Union
Review of Mike Watt / Last Conspirators show:
" Tim Livingston’s Last Conspirators opened the show with an inspired set of punk-inspired tunes that fit the tone of the evening well. The band made its own nod to The Who with the thrilling stop-start motion of “A Celebration of the Fury” and the irresistible chorus of
“Last Ones Standing.”
BRIAN MCELHINEY - DAILY GAZETTE:
Review of Mike Watt / Last Conspirators show:
"Hudson Valley stalwarts The Last Conspirators, featuring former Morons and Ghostrunner frontman Tim Livingston, kicked off the night with a raging set of their own, previewing material from their upcoming third album. Livingston brought good old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll fury to the stage, hamming it up for the crowd on new highlight “Radio Warfare” and older tracks such as “A Celebration of Fury” and the rollicking “Two Cats in Suits.”
Vinnie Birbiglia - J.B. Scott's
"... the energy that came off the stage was nothing short of fantastic. Your band kicked ass! Thank you for being a part of our reunion!
Kirsten Ferguson - Nippertown
Review of Mike Watt / Last Conspirators show:
"...the Last Conspirators primed the packed crowd with some high-energy, old school punk tunes..."
Chuck Miller - Times Union Blog
"Did I mention that it was a great show last night? The fans showed their support for everyone, from the opening act (Penny Knight Band) to the show-stealing Last Conspirators; to the first performance of the Wildcats since the passing of Ernie Williams; to Alison Jacobs, whose father co-owned JB Scott’s; to Blotto – can’t say enough about enjoying Blotto’s music – to Fear of Strangers (Lonesome Val Haynes can still pack the club floor every night) to the Lazers and the Charlie Smith Blues Band – all told, the fans enjoyed six and a half hours of fantastic music and great performances.!"