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Warparty

by The Last Conspirators

WARPARTY an album by former Morons/Ghostrunner frontman and songwriter Tim Livingston and his band THE LAST CONSPIRATORS. Ten cutting, socially-charged blasts, served up as a potent Molotov-cocktail of garagey-punk and soulful, electric-folk.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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2. American Son
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3. Crash!
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4. Walking In Hellfire
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5. Warparty (A Soldiers Song)
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6. Innocent
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7. Tribulation Blues
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8. Lee Harvey Oswald
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ALL MUSIC GUIDE calls the Last Conspirators "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."

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.”

The band’s live shows are always fierce, emotional, high-energy affairs and so far they have showcased at such venues as; the Mercury Lounge in NYC, Maxwells in NJ, and various Upstate New York clubs & festivals. They have shared the stage with the The Blasters, New Model Army, Hamell On Trial, Echoes & Shadows, the Murder Junkies and Casey Neil. WARPARTY has been played on radio stations; WFMU, WEQX, WVCR, WVKR, WRPI, WEXT, 104.9 The Edge, and the band has been featured on WAMC’s Performance Place, CRUMBS Radio and Kaleidoscope.


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Jim Barrett Host of Kaleidoscope 104.9 FM The Edge

(Warparty)... one of the years most unexpected pleasures!
“Most artists record too often. A handful don’t record enough.
Tim Livingston falls into the later category. This blistering CD is a
testament to his songwriting skills, his great vocals, coupled with a stellar band, makes the Last Conspirators (Warparty) one of the years most unexpected pleasures! Stand-out track “Walking in Hellfire” is astounding and other outstanding songs like “Tribulation Blues” and “Crash!” make this CD an essential purchase.”
— Jim Barrett Host of Kaleidoscope 104.9 FM The Edge

Here 'Tis Magazine

(Crash!) this song has got hit written all over it..
"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. Like the Clash's best and worst, the topical subject matter will one day date this to hell. But like the last time we bought our Clash albums new,
it's fun now." - Jeff Jarema, Here 'Tis Magazine

Chronogram Magazine (Albany Edition)

” a moody tour de force..."
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. Though The Last Conspirators formed as a studio-only enterprise, the group headlined a release party for the record in March. Does this mean there may be more gigs to come? See this month’s Nightlife Highlights, or visit www.DrivingRainMusic.com. - Peter Aaron Chronogram Magazine

Peter Aaron, Chronogram Magazine

a welcome information-age crunch to the tough, melodic sounds of late '70s/early
The Last Conspirators bring a welcome information-age crunch to the tough, melodic sounds of late '70s/early '80s Brit-punk. And their message is one both Uncle Joe Strummer and Woody Guthrie would be proud of.
Peter Aaron, Chronogram Magazine, All Music Guide.com

The Daily Freeman

Full of conviction and urgency..
An ex-Moron (his Albany band of the 80’s) Tim Livingston has a new configuration called the Last Conspirators, and a lot to say. Part of Albany’s vibrant punk scene on Lark St., in the 80’s, the now Hudson Valley resident Livingston last released a CD in 1993, so he had plenty of time to produced and write all the tunes, and it was then mixed by ex-Conehead Buddha man Chris Fisher. Livingston is aided and abetted by renowned drummer Al Kash (Savoy Brown, Fear of Strangers) bassist Jeff Sohn, and ace guitarist Terry Plunkett; whose layers of guitars and sharp solos really up the ante. With Warparty, an anxious late 70’s early 80’s straight-ahead rock groove prevails. Full of conviction and urgency, Livingston’s capable voice pushes and powers tunes like the chaotic lead off track “Help” and sixties sounding “American Son.” The formidable, hard charging “Crash!” has an in-your-face ranting rap about the information highway and the inherent shallowness of Internet based networking (“websites, chats, blogs, spamming”) the lush “Walking in Hellfire,” is a sure highlight with it’s impassioned delivery and fine guitar work, while title track “Warparty (a soldiers song)” has an antiwar vibe complete with harmonica. “Lee Harvey Oswald” (the mother of all conspiracies) is slow and vacant, and the song “Surf Rocket” sports a retro vibe to kill. There is an apocalyptic overtone to all of this, and Livingston knows how to get his point across, that is; that he is running out of patience with world leaders and war, and can’t take it anymore.
It’s about time. — David Malachowski The Daily Freeman

The Times Union

Warparty is a ferocious album, brimming with barbed, political protest anthems
...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, and their debut CD, "Warparty". 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' - Greg Haymes, the Times Union

The Big Takeover

I hear Love, '60's blues rock balladry, ballsy post-punk mashers like 80's Austr
"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"." (drivingrainmusic.com) —Jack Rabid, The Big Takeover