The Last Conspirators

The Last Conspirators

 Albany, New York, USA
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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."

Biography

The Last Conspirators are working on their third album, the followup to their critically acclaimed WARPARTY and WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN releases. 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.”

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 weighs in; “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, 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 affairs and so far they have showcased at such venues as; the Mercury Lounge in NYC, Maxwells in NJ, Club Helsinki and various Upstate New York clubs & festivals. They have shared the stage with the The Blasters, Shonen Knife, New Model Army, Hamell On Trial, Echoes & Shadows, the Murder Junkies. The Last Cons have been played on radio stations; WFMU, WEQX, WVCR, WVKR, WRPI, WEXT, WSPN and have been featured on Strummerville DIY, WAMC’s Performance Place, CRUMBS Radio, Capital Underground Radio, Babylon Street Radio, Maximum Threshold Radio and Kaleidoscope.

Lyrics

It's Late

Written By: Tim Livingston

Im not afraid of dying
but living without you.. scares me to death
youre like an innocent child
come closer.. quiet.. hold my breath
come closer.. quiet..hold my breath

in your eyes I see a young girl
a phantom daughter.. of your past
on your lips I taste a hunger
silent.. lets let.. this moment last
silent.. lets let.. this moment last

Darling Its late
Darling Its late
Darling Its late

The ancient vampires are out tonight
theyve been thirsting for this moment for a very long time
Peer into the darkness you can see their light
come here and hold me.. read my mind
come here and hold me.. read my mind

It is safe here just the two of us
to dream of a world.. that we both long
You sleep sound, Ill watch over you
lest I awake.. and you be gone..
lest I awake.. and you be gone..

Darling Its late
Darling Its late
Darling Its late

Cant you see that there is nobody here but the two of us?
Cant you see that there is no one here at all?
Aren't you glad that there is no one here but the two of us?
Aren't you glad that there i s no one here at all?

Darling Its late
Darling Its late
Darling Its late
Darling Its late

Who Wants A Revolution Anyway

Written By: Tim Livingston

tried to take the train, down to our old tracks
but it don't stop there no more, and it ain’t comin’ back
all those rebel nights, and those cold war days
since the fire-fight, we had to change our ways

cause its so hard, to fight for what you believe in here
and its so hard, to hang on to the things that we hold dear
and its so hard, to stand for what is right today
cause its so hard, who wants a revolution anyway
who wants a revolution anyway

you broke my heart, broke it in two
I had given you all of the power, what was a boy to do
all those wasted nights, and those bygone days
we gave up the fight, it was easier to change our ways

cause its so hard, to get what you got comin’ your way
and its so hard, to leave now when you could stay
and its so hard, to fight for your rights in this day & age
cause its so hard, who wants a revolution anyway
who wants a revolution anyway

cause its so hard to fight for what you believe in here
and its so hard to hang on to the things that we hold dear
and its so hard to stand for what is right today
its so hard, who wants a revolution anyway
who wants a revolution anyway

History

Written By: Tim Livingston

I fear that future is something we'll never see
truth justice liberty
history passes before our eyes
empires fall new regimes rise

whatca gonna do when it all comes down
whatca gonna do when it all comes down
whatca gonna do when it all just history

if history repeatsitself where are the good old days
if history repeats itself where is the golden age

and if the end is near, i hope that you will still be here
so we can take it out the way we brought it in

whatca gonna do when it all comes down
whatca gonna do when it all comes down
whatca gonna do when it all just history

Long Live TV

Written By: Tim Livingston

Turn it on channel scan
I worship it upon the stand
Everything I want to be
All the things I have to see
It becomes a part of me
conciuos eye of society
salvation for you and me
Long Live king TV!

I watched an execution
I love live retribution
I viewed it via satellite
I watched them burn down the city
The orange and reds so pretty
I wonder what is on tonight

Some People are really low
God awful radio
I don’t believe what I can not see
Imagination reallyblows
I like my picture shows
television’s true reality

Long Live TV! (Long Live TV!)
Long Live TV! (Long Live TV!)
Long Live TV! (Long Live TV!)
Long Live TV!

Help

Written By: Tim Livingston

Chaos in the city, Riots in the streets
We dont want your welfare money we just want to eat
Children carry weapons, terrorists so young
Poverty versus riches the war has just begun

First time that I saw you it was 1965
America was changing it was great to be alive
Now were talkin revolution baby like weve never seen before
In this new age civilization violence will feed the poor.

No one knows just who to fight
No ones wrong and no ones right
Who will last another night
Who will survive to see the light.........

Last time that I saw you was beneath the frozen sky
Silently we whispered as we watched the red moon rise
We spoke of all begotten dreams and a thousand years gone by
When violently we awaken to the fire dancers cry

Help Help
Help Help

Help Help
Help Help

Help Help

Innocent

Written By: Tim Livingston

I’ve spent seven long years in exile man
Exile from the one I love
Now Im going on back to the old homeland
See the one Im thinking of

Rage came down like thunder man
Waves crashing on to the shore
What started as a bloody sunset
Turned into an all-out war

Im Innocent
Im not to blame
I did what was right
Now Im feeling the shame

Went to fight for my country man
The county that I love
Free the oppressed, fight for freedom
With divine commission from above

No homecoming party when I came back
No heros honors or awards
Just the sinking feeling of a lonely heart
The enemy had settled the score.

What have I done
What is your game
I fought your war
But what have I gained

The land was barren unfertile soil
Like it hadnt rained in years
The only thing that grew that day
Were all of my worst fears

Across the burning growing fields
Over the hills of hate
Through the fiery killing rain
Against the wings of fate.

Ive lost my home
Ive lost my friends
I still dont believe
that this is the end

What have I done
I curse you by name
You fed me fire
When I begged you for rain

Warparty (A Soldiers Song)

Written By: Tim Livingston

We pulled out of the city
Retreated to the hill
Where we will try to make our last stand
But, I dont think that we will
Last night in an enemy village
They treated us like guests
They fed us with compassion
We burned it when we left

I want you to know I believe in you
And Im trying hard to remember you
But, its getting hard just to picture you
Until the end

Remember old pal Johnny?
He was just seventeen
He died upon my shoulder
Drinking from a dry canteen
He told me not to worry
he had no family
He died for what he believed in
The love of his country

I want you to know I believe in you
And Im trying hard to remember you
But, its getting hard just to picture you
Until the end

Forgive me for the bloodstain
Soaked upon this page
It seems I took some shrapnel
From one of our own grenades
Clear across the ocean
I feel your warm heart burn
Perhaps youll light a candle
For our safe return

I want you to know I believe in you
And Im trying hard to remember you
But, its getting hard just to picture you
Until the end

Lee Harvey Oswald

Written By: Tim Livingston

Shopping mall wait for you
just dont know what to do
Get a coffee and sit up high
Watch below the passerby's

Quality suits for Ninety-nine
Best twelve dollar shirt youll ever find
It would have been a normal day
If I hadnt heard a young boy say:

Dad I was pretending to be Lee Harvey Oswald

Was the kid a bit mixed up?
Or have heroes changed since I grew up
Vietnam to Watergate
white-water rafting the river of AIDS

Quality suits for Ninety-nine
Best twelve dollar shirt youll ever find
It would have been a normal day
If I hadnt heard a young boy say:

Dad I was pretending to be Lee Harvey Oswald

Conspiracy theories out of the way
Im the only hero left here today
With a single bullet I blew away
Everything............. We believe in.

Dad I was pretending to be Lee Harvey Oswald
Dad I was pretending to be Lee Harvey Oswald

Dad I was pretending to be
Everything you ever wanted me to be
Dad I was pretending to be Lee Harvey Oswald

American Son

Written By: Tim Livingston

Wide eyed expectations when I was young
now I feel the rat race has got me on the run
always lipped the anthem but I never sung
always played the game but I never won
Im an American Son

Mother left one day when I was three
standing on a corner my brother and me
Custody battle my father won
Crippled by divorce but Im not the only one
Im an American Son

Wide eyed expectations when I was young
Freedom of choice protected by a gun
democratic election i think Im gonna run
Like a wild west hero into the setting sun
Im an American son

Im an American son
Im an American son
Im an American son

On The Quiet Side of Town

Written By: Tim Livingston

Talk on the street
there's soon to be a war in homeland
Some guy on the corner says
"they can't bomb us we're America man"
A shell shocked city isn't something we just see on the news
Sounds of gunfire now are
something we wake up to
Remember how it used to be?
We used to be so free
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town

Out his sleep the boy leaves his dreams
of his past for reality
To walk amongst the devastation
all are witness to see
He knew this day would come
but not so, so damn soon
There's still so much left
the boy had planned to do
Walk away leave it all behind
As the boy just tries to find
The one he loves
is he running out of time?
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town...

He thought he saw her the other day
on an emergency street
But the National Guard stopped him
The whole town's on fire
you can feel the heat
The shopping malls are empty
The workers don't even show up
You can steal all the clothes you want
but really what the fuck
It just don't pay to look cool when you need bullets, blankets and fuel
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town

Boy walks like a leather-clad peacock across the parking lot
Boy's boots, jacket and tattooed shoulder are all he's got
He figures it's worth at least
one more lousy shot
He used to be the total rage
had they forgot
Will he make it through another day He caught himself starting to pray
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town
Even during the day the playground looms cold and dark
Soldiers of fortune replace hand-in-hand lovers walking the park
The boy heads downtown to a place they call easy street
Trying to fill her void with what they
call an easy piece
Everything looks so real, and for the first time he begins to feel
"No one could touch us if I could hold you in my arms tonight"
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town

On the front porch it's not safe out here,
"Darling time to come in"
She says "No Daddy, I'm waiting for him."
He says "Baby doll, there's nothing left.
You see I never told you
about this thing called death"
She waits for him
on the quiet side of town...

Discography

WHEN IT ALL COMES DOWN
2010 COMPACT DISC EP DRIVING RAIN MUSIC 421

WARPARTY
2007 COMPACT DISC ALBUM DRIVING RAIN MUSIC 420

Set List

Original Songs Performed Include:

LUTHER HAMILTON BLUES
LONG LIVE TV
IT’S LATE
WHO WANTS A REVOLUTION ANYWAY HISTORY
HELP
AMERICAN SON
CRASH!
WALKING IN HELLFIRE
(WARPARTY) A SOLDIER SONG
INNOCENT
TRIBULATION BLUES
LEE HARVEY OSWALD
SURF ROCKET
TWO CATS IN SUITS
POWERFUL FRIENDS
THIS NATION UNDER GOD
more,,,,

COVER SONGS THAT HAVE BEEN PERFORMED:

KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD
BLOWIN' IN THE WIND
IT'S ALL OVER NOW BABY BLUE
GIMME SHELTER
SUBURBANITE (MORONS COVER)
SO ELECTRIC (MORONS COVER)