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Album Review

Tim Livingston is a local legend in Albany, NY as the former frontman with first generation punks the Morons, and in the 21st century he's still in the game with his new band the Last Conspirators. Unfortunately, there's a certain degree of naiveté and overstated emotion that's appropriate in a teenager but sounds a bit silly coming from a middle-aged man, and that attitude is all over the Last Conspirators' debut album, Warparty. As hard as Livingston tries to bring his tales of digital age delinquents ("Crash"), disaffected loners ("Lee Harvey Oswald") and lovers on the outs ("Walking in Hellfire") to life, his wobbly, Richard Hell-meets-Tom Verlaine vocals force his lyrics to bear more weight than they can stand, and much of the time his performances sound mildly preposterous. Livingston's musical partners — Terry Plunkett on guitar, Jeff Sohn on bass, and Al Kash on drums — don't always rock hard enough to match his vocal gesticulations, though the music is solid in a spare, roots-influenced style, and there are a few moments where the pieces fall into place and Warparty briefly makes good on its ambitions, most notably the soldier's story of the title tune and the fast, lean punk roar of the closer "Two Cats in Suits." For the most part, though, the Last Conspirators have plenty to say but don't have the moves to make their messages work on this disc; hopefully they'll have their formula worked out better the next time they head into the studio.

Customer Reviews

"walking the tightrope between punk passion and polished professionalism.”

WARPARTY, 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.”

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The Last Conspirators are 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. Livingston was the leader of the Albany-based band the Morons, who between 1979 and 1982 were one of the first punk outfits to gain a toehold in the capital region, headlining...
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