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A Celebration of Fury

by The Last Conspirators

The third album from the band the All Music Guide calls"a powerful rock & roll band whose sound fuses old-school punk, roots rock, and heartland rock, with fierce, often politically charged lyrics on top."
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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. The Big Takeover Magazine call 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 and have been featured on Strummerville DIY, Goldie's Garage on Sirius XM (Genya Ravan's show on the Underground Garage), Breakthru Radio, 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.

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Greg Haymes - Nippertown

"... a high-energy sonic assault.."
"... a high-energy sonic assault, railing against corporate radio, mindless nostalgia and the powers that be. The themes may not be anything new, but the band play with the palpable passion of rebellion, adding a new-found metallic edge to their already potent brand of politico psych-punk."
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Fred Mills - Blurt Magazine

"..Joe Strummer would make these guys his new favorite band were he still alive.
"Veterans of the original punk wars may grow up, get jobs, start families, and even “settle down,” but they never forget—the lessons of their youth, the stands they took, the sustenance they took from being cause-driven. And even when they drift into middle age, the personality-shaping events of yore continue to shape them and inform their artistry. Just ask Ian MacKaye or Henry Rollins. It’s also true for Tim Livingston, who was on the Albany scene in the late ‘70s with his band The Morons, and who resurfaced a few years ago fronting The Last Conspirators. A Celebration of Fury is the group’s third full-length, the followup to 2010’s highly regarded When It All Comes Down. Song titles like “Last Ones Standing,” “No Time For Egos” and of course “A Celebration of Fury” telegraph the intent here: the quartet has taken a look around and isn’t particularly thrilled by what it sees. To that end the band declares, per this seven-songer’s second track, “Radio Warfare.” Against a jungle-rock throb and ominous shards of spaghetti western guitar, Livingston decries the namby-pamby state of popular media. A few songs later, in the galloping Clash-like “No Time for Egos,” the group calls for a putting aside of personal agendas in the service of solidarity—heavy stuff indeed, and if that sounds like the Conspirators flirt with agitprop, well… how are you gonna get people to open their eyes without an initial round of provocation, anyway? Methinks Joe Strummer would make these guys his new favorite band were he still alive. In “Last Ones Standing” Livingston sings, in his trademark urgent, edgy voice, “There was a time/ We were young/ We were the rebel kind/ Always on the run/ Shaking things up/ Living by the gun.” This is no nostalgia trip, however, no wistful capitulation to growing older. Like I suggested in the first paragraph, Livingston & Co. draw strength from the past in order to more purposefully pursue the present. The rest of us can count The Last Conspirators among the good guys, the ones who desperately want us to make every moment count in the here and now.."
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Jeff Jarema

"Consider this another triumph for these punk vets"
"On this their third release, Upstate NY’s The Last Conspirators sound better than ever delivering their trademark furious tempos. Just like the title suggests. But throughout their growing body of work, frontman Tim Livingston and gang once again prove they are no one trick pony. The head-on collision of anger and uplift in these lyrics, on newly-minted anthems “Radio Warfare” and “Somewhere Tonight in America” respectively, manage to raise the ghost of Strummer-Jones. Musically, the Last Conspirators get better with each release. On the opening “Last Ones Standing”, these guys prove once again their mastery of stripped-down punk rock. Yet at the close of this track, they throw in a violent, skillful drums-guitar battle straight out of ‘Who’s Next’. Across these seven new songs, their musical palette ranges from punk to subliminal psychedelia, steroid-strength power pop to one of the better vintage Stones-influenced sounds heard in awhile (the aforementioned “Somewhere Tonight”). At 23 minutes in length, in its economy it is sort of the anti-‘Sandinista’. Yet it rarely repeats itself. Consider this another triumph for these punk vets"
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Jack Rabid - The Bigtakeover Magazine

"...a ’60s garage, pub rock, and Joe Strummer-fueled tempest,.."
"Original punks like ex-Morons Tim Livingston don’t grow old, because life is never short on legitimate irritations—and because it’s still fun to kickstart real rock ’n’ roll’s engines with a guitar. Thus the “fury” celebrated on his Hudson Valley, NY band’s third LP (following 2007’s Warparty and 2010’s When It All Comes Down) refers to the on-target attack in word and sound. It’s a ’60s garage, pub rock, and Joe Strummer-fueled tempest, recorded in what sounds like “press-record-’n-go” full-bleed live context; so a boast like “Last One Standing” is 2013’s update to The Clash’s scathing “Last Gang in Town,” maybe. A Link Wray/Wipers-like diatribe “Radio Warfare” is the highlight, but from the single “Powerful Friends” to the call to arms “No Time For Egos,” it’s Fury’s furious, for sure". - See more at: http://www.lastconspirators.com/news/#sthash.LWmimuhC.dpuf
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MaximumRockNRoll Magazine

revolutionary rock n roll...
"Seven-track effort of revolutionary rock n roll… suitable stirring. "No Time for Egos", "Radio Warfare", "Last Ones Standing" the title track etc.. Musically, they're in that Blasters, later period X rock & roll vein and the slower efforts pay more than a nod to 'Elvis'. 'Tis growing on me, for sure."
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Nippertown - Allison Gregory

"Hard-edged, haunting.. not only catchy, but chill-inducing..."
"The Last Conspirators are about to unleash their third album, A Celebration of Fury, and they’re doing it in a big way with a CD release party performance at LarkFest in Albany on Saturday (September 21). Labeled by many as a punk band, these four musicians display their musical diversity with surf-inspired guitar in “Last Ones Standing,” ’60s jangling distorted guitar in “Radio Warfare,” the country/rock sound of “Somewhere Tonight in America” and ’60s psychedelic rock sprinkled in perfect proportions in “Desperate Skies.” After listening to the album, it’s apparent these guys are seasoned veterans at what they do. The production of the album by the band’s guitarist Terry Plunkett is spectacular. All of the tracks are balanced. Throughout the album, there is not one song that has too much bass or an overpowering guitar part. The vocals are clear. It’s apparent that both the producer and Albany Audio’s John Chiara (who recorded and mixed the album) have keen ears and know how to make an album sound fantastic. “Radio Warfare,” the second song on A Celebration of Fury, will stand the test of time. Twenty years from now, people will still be listening to it. The lyrics do not have an expiration date. It’s a radio-worthy song and an anthem for the ages. Its hard-edged, haunting vocals by Tim Livingston and jangling distorted guitars by both Terry and bassist Nick Bisanz are not only catchy, but chill-inducing. Many of the songs either address politics or snub the powers that be, including “Powerful Friends,” “Somewhere Tonight in America,” “No Time for Egos” and the title track. With the song “Powerful Friends,” the media and people in the government are being mocked. This song also includes one of the most entertaining guitar solos I’ve ever heard besides Clapton. Just be careful you don’t think the beginning is the end, since it teases you with a wrapping-up sound. “No Time for Egos” also features spectacular drumming by Al Kash, enhancing and driving the song. All in all, the Last Conspirators’ A Celebration of Fury must be considered one of the best local discs of the year. The album was expertly written and produced. And since the songs are so diverse, any person can find at least one or two songs they like. Play it again and again"
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Upstate LIve Music Guide - Susan Rice

"The Last Conspirators have broken their silence and have encouraged a musical p
"... 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..." UpstateLIVE Music Guide
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