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Hold That Thought Forever

by The Last Conspirators

11 new rock n roll songs expressing the painful pleasure of redemption through the passionate desire of love.
Genre: Rock: Album Rock
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1. Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World
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2. Addiction
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3. 1302
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4. Two Days in May
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5. Tracks
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6. Russian Eyes
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7. The Truth and a Gun
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8. Alright
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9. Fortune Teller
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10. Blow Away the Sky
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11. Look At Me One More Time
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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 recorded by Chris Fisher (Conehead Buddha/ Pluto Walkers) 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. Joining vocalist Livingston and guitarist Bisanz on this project is the newest full-time conspirator Mike Grundy on bass and veteran drummer Al Kash.




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Fred Mills - Blurt Magazine

deliberately less political and more personal than the last one, and that comes
When we last checked in on Hudson Valley-area rockers the Last Conspirators, punk-fueled songwriting partners Tim Livingston (vocals) and Nick Bisanz (guitars) were still kicking against the pricks with as much vim, vigor and velocity as Joe Strummer in his Clash heyday, and 2013’s A Celebration of Fury was with a doubt the most appropriately-titled record of that year. The dynamic dup is now back with an equally powerful platter that’s at once more nuanced and sonically textured than its predecessor. Hold That Thought Forever isn’t short of fury, mind you, for “nuanced” doesn’t connote “mellowed out”—far from it.

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, with the deft rhythm section of Al Kash and Mike Grundy turning out to be the song’s—and, as the album unfolds, the band’s—secret weapon. 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.

Livingston has noted that this record’s deliberately less political and more personal than the last one, and that comes through loud and clear. The album’s no less defiant and, in places, caged-animal wounded, though. Sometimes the politics of the heart are the most challenging of all, eh?
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Howe Glassman - WEXT 97.7 FM

"... a strong contender for local album of the year!"
"…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!"
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Greg Haymes - Nippertown

" the song lyrics eschew the band’s usual political rage in favor of more perso
“Produced by Conehead Buddha’s Chris Fisher at his Easter Island Studios in Coxsackie, Hold That Thought Forever is the new line-up’s debut (the band’s fourth release over-all), and all but one of the album’s 11 songs are co-written by frontman Tim Livingston (a veteran of the Morons and Ghostrunner) with Bisanz. And the personnel shifts seem to be reflected in a new direction…

With the exception of the potent, chugging “The Truth and a Gun,” the song lyrics eschew the band’s usual political rage in favor of more personal examinations of passion. Affairs of the heart, desire and obsession (especially on “1302,” “Tracks” and the slinky “Addiction”) have moved to the foreground. And musically, the new album finds the band leaning toward a more mainstream rock approach, beginning with the opening power-pop romp through “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World.” The new wave-ish “Fortune Teller” starts out on a vibe reminiscent of Split Enz’s “I Got You” and finds Livingston turning in some Tom Petty-like vocal stylings.

Which is not to say that the Last Cons don’t go for the throat. 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, drummer Al Kash’s brutal pounding and a squall of ghostly feedback.”
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Bryan Lasky - NYS Music

"..this record shows how many bands truly influence them as a unit and brings th
The Last Conspirators just released fourth album Hold That Thought Forever moves the band into new territory. While past releases’ lyrics have dealt with politics and the feelings towards how things have been moving along in the country, this album showcases a more personal side of the band. To go along with the lyric change, the music has also been toned down at times from the punk rock aesthetic known by their fans. The changes are welcomed and it is great to hear the band try something different and succeed.

“Addiction” is one of the darkest songs on the record and the funk bass line that it follows goes right along with the subject material, taking the listener into the depths of what addiction can be. “1302” is the first track on the album to have the band start to rock behind Tim Livingston’s lyrics and constantly builds until the end when a fury of music takes over the proceedings and joins the voice in bringing the song to a fiery end.

“Two Days in May” is one of the tracks on the album that finds The Last Conspirators trying something new. The chorus almost comes out of an early Bruce Springsteen song when you could hear him and Steven Van Zandt harmonize with one another. The fact that The Last Conspirators have gone for a more eclectic sound on this record shows how many bands truly influence them as a unit and brings the history of music to the fore front as they continue to push on wish new tunes.

The song “Tracks” bring the punk attitude back, with Tim spitting the lyrics and Nick Bisanz laying down some dirty grungy guitar licks that would fit right in on an old Patti Smith record. “Alright” is great rocker with Mike Grundy and Al Kash constantly moving the song along with their fantastic bass and drum playing on what is sure to a great song to see live.

While most of the record isn’t political, “Truth and a Gun” hits the mark perfectly, especially with how crazy gun violence is gotten in the past year. The song easily makes clear which side of the argument the band is on and ends in a blaze of guitar work by Bisanz. Being a local Albany band, they may not get out of the state to play, but if you’re close enough they definitely are worth checking out. In the live setting their songs get you moving and thinking and this record does the same. Hopefully the band can keep the creative juices flowing and give us another collection of music soon.

Key Tracks: Addiciton, Tracks, Truth and a Gun
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Tim Hinley - Dagger Zine

"..Their previous lp, 2013’s A Celebration of Fury was damn good, but I like thi
...and here is LP number four from this NY state band who have only been around for a decade or so but vocalist Tim Livingston has been around the Hudson Valley scene forever (apparently he showed John Quincy Adams how to make his hair into a mohawk). Their previous lp, 2013’s A Celebration of Fury was damn good, but I like this one more. Lyrically it’s a lot less political than their previous records, a more personal affair and most of the cuts were co-written by Livingston and guitarist Nick Bisanz (Al Kash is still on drums and they have a new bassist in Mike Grundy). Opening cut “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World” is a terrific, driving opener (Clash influence for sure) while moodier/darker cuts like “1302” and “Two Days in May” toss in minor chords, but have a dark edge that sucks you in. Elsewhere, “Russian Eyes” is a hooky cut while “The Truth and a Gun” is the one cut where they put their political hat on and add some boogie guitar (not my favorite here) and “Fortune Teller” chucks in a new wave influence (think The Cars) and will get your toe tappin’. I like the direction these guys are going in and who knows, maybe LP #5 will be here before the end of the year (back in the studio, guys).
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Jon Hunt - l'etoile Magazine

” If you dig tapping into the main vein of rock and roll — and you should, becau
"...Meanwhile, across the country, Conspirators guitarist/vocalist Tim Livingston used to front a rather nifty Albany punk band called The Morons who had a killer single called “Suburbanite” that was one of those organ-fueled adrenaline blasts that could only have come out of 1981 (and never quite made it huge). His modern band the Last Conspirators continue to burn the punk flame, and Hold That Thought Forever sounds like it could have come out two or three after their debut single — it’s not as whipass a strain of punk (well, not as fast, anyway) but it’s definitely in the slightly more sophisticated punk wheelhouse also occupied by Joe Strummer’s Mescaleros albums (and still neatly retro the way you want it to be). Plenty of killer songs that are still very much in a super-cool punk-veering-into-rock mode — opener “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World” is straight-up punk single sweetness, “The Truth and a Gun” is about as garage as you can possibly get, “Blow Away the Sky” is one of those Clash-y fist-raised anthems that you look for on albums like this. I also love the groovy “Addiction,” the tense-as-hell “1302” and the fuzzy/swingin’ “Alright.” If you dig tapping into the main vein of rock and roll — and you should, because it’s the absolute real deal, folks — and you’re a fan of our own regional punk heroes, I cannot imagine you wouldn’t love a brief flirtation with the East Coast version of same. Rock on."
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Alan Haber - Pure Pop Radio

".. surging with crunchy guitars, great hooks and Livingston’s urgent vocals.."
“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.” - See more at: http://www.lastconspirators.com/pressreviews/#sthash.6ltUsxjD.dpuf
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Jack Rabid - Big Takeover Magazine

A lot of lip service is paid to “rock ’n’ roll,” but some people really do have
A lot of lip service is paid to “rock ’n’ roll,” but some people really do have it in their veins, not just on their t-shirts. Tim Livingston has led this Hudson Valley, NY band for four albums starting with 2007’s Warparty, and they’ve got the backbeat, scratchy guitars, and sweaty groove that differentiates detached dilettantes from loving lifers. Beyond a mix of mostly mid-tempo styles, he and co-Conspirator (couldn’t resist that) Nick Bisanz especially succeed when striking a timeless pub rock-ian pose, on the smacking opener “Perfect Lovers in a Complicated World,” manic closer “Look at Me One More Time,” and streamlined “Russian Eyes” and “Fortune Teller”—with the R&B bite of Ducks Deluxe, 101ers, and closer to Albany, New London, CT’s Reducers. Speaking of those 101ers, there’s also plenty of Joe Strummer slur/pep in Livingston’s vocals. That’s a thought he always holds. - See more at: http://www.lastconspirators.com/pressreviews/#sthash.TIvVoMIW.dpuf
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Jeremy Schwartz - Chronogram Magazine

the record feels like an exciting step into the future.”
“For nearly a decade on the regional music scene, the sole constant in the Last Conspirators' lineup has been front man Tim Livingston. Active at ground zero of the Albany punk rock scene of the early 1980s, Livingston has carried on writing and singing heart-on-the-sleeve rebel music in the intervening decades. On this release, the band's fourth, Livingston shares the songwriting responsibilities with Poughkeepsie native Nick Bisanz (guitar, bass, vocals). Abetted by the rhythm section of Mike Grundy (bass) and Ken Marchesani (drums), this latest batch of songs expands the band's sound palette. A pounding hard rock vein infuses the swaggering "Blow Away the Sky," with Livingston's defiant vocals punctuated by the reverbed riffs and arpeggios emanating from Bisanz's guitar. In the past, the Last Cons' music has often grappled with societal injustice and malaise. In contrast, the songs on Hold That Thought Forever, while retaining the same focused commitment, are much more about the politics of the heart. The shimmering psychedelic drone of "1302" has a wired intensity, highlighted by hooky keyboard flourishes and a forward-looking lyrical theme. "I left the past behind the moment I shut the door / I knew from that point on didn't need it anymore," sings Livingston. The brooding "Addiction" is built on a skeletal riff, smoldering vocal, and a watery, Claptonesque guitar solo. While the band doesn't renounce its previous sound quite so adamantly, the record feels like an exciting step into the future.”
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Johnny Hayward - Uber Rock Magazine

oozing into your psyche you too will soon find yourself humming along in the car
The Last Conspirators, a band who like tocall themselves a powerful rock ‘n’roll band,” but there isactually a hell of a lot more to them than just power. You see the eleven tracks contained on ‘Hold That Thought Forever’ .. slowly but surely worm their way into your subconscious so that all of a sudden you’ll find yourself humming the likes of ‘Russian Eyes’ (perhaps the most immediate track on this album) and album opener ‘Perfect Lovers In A Complicated World’ without even realizing it. And therein lies this album’s true appeal. It’s a real grower. Sonically the band sit somewhere between British garage rock err Godfathers, The Godfathers, glunk rock pirate king and master storyteller Tyla J Pallas and the earlier Twin/Tone days of The Replacements, and what The Last Conspirators do, they do very well indeed. Just take ‘The Truth And A Gun’ for example. Here the band sound locked and loaded and truly firing on all six, whilst ‘Alright’ adds an early Alice Cooper twist to proceedings… a hugely enjoyable record and with tracks as cool as ‘Fortune Teller’ and ‘Blow Away The Sky’ oozing into your psyche you too will soon find yourself humming along in the car and wondering just what the hell it is you are humming. That’s because The Last Conspirators play rock ‘n’ roll that makes you think, their charm a truly subtle one…”
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