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Let's face it - 3 is the perfect number in rock'n'roll (keyboardists and 2nd guitarists just complicate things). The Last Show is a NYC power trio that play a brand of almost epic post-punk that you can call - as they state in their bio - "bipolar rock". They celebrated the release of their new EP on Wed October 19 at CBGB. Check out the songs from their [new] CD (cryptically titled "Honestly Is A Word Used By Liars") - The Deli Magazine


A power-trio formed in New York City, The Last Show relies on rock guitar riffs and unique drumming rhythms to create an edgy, indie sound influenced by Public Image Limited, Bauhaus, and Nick Cave. Throaty-voiced guitarist and lead singer Justin Lizama has a posse in cyprus native Maria Theodosiadou on bass and Brian Clemens on drums. - The Onion


"East Coast coeds The Last Show deliver textured, shag-shaking guitar rock that's as totally without airs as it is good. For their debut EP, 'Sleep" (Solidman Inc.), the members of N.Y.C. trio take a long hard look inward, at the deep scars left behind by loves that went nowhere, by bitter disappointments and missed opportunities, and pour that dark gray emotional funk into their music. A downer? Not at all. It seems what's allowed them to survive the many lows and comparatively fewer highs along the way is their ability to look back and laugh. or at least smirk, about it. Big sounding and totally mesmerizing, The Last Show is sensitive man's Indie." By Bill Picture - San Francisco Examiner


"Over the last few years, the Big Apple has once again become a haven for the newest "it" bands of underground and alternative rock. This "underground" scene that confronts mainstream music to no end, somehow always finds a way inside of the mainstream. This renaissance is party due to the success of bands such as The Strokes, and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, who can;t clearly be placed as only one genre, but nonetheless can be distinctively classified as a New York City sound. The same can be be said of the hard rock act, The Last Show." By Andy Comeaux
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- Daily Texan (Austin, TX)


"TLS play thoughtful rock, which is more evident on the four featured tracks that span the entire gamut from aggressive to ethereal. The absolute creme de la creme, though, is the title track 'Sleep,' a brooding, pensive, extremely powerful rocker. This song, which is sandwiched between raucous rock 'n' roll of "Painted Blue" and the upbeat, bass heavy "Big Jet Thrust" makes the record. A truly excellent offering. Justin Lizama's vocals give it a bit of confused, disoriented, disjointed feel, and the mid-song breakdown is great with Lizama's intricate guitar work and the tribal-like drums of [Brian Clemens]. By Janelle Mantilla - SCORE! Music Magazine


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Discography

New Release August 2005: "Honestly Is A Word Used By Liars" 6 Song EP
Past Releases:
December 2004 - "2" 2 Song Single
March 2003 - "Sleep" 4 Song EP
"Sleep" Radio Play:
WI Stevens Point WWSP
or Ashland KSOC
MI Canton WSDP
KY Whitesburg WMMT
MA Williamstown WCFM
MA Framingham WDJM
ny Auburn WDWN
IN Richmond WECI
NJ W. Long Branch WMCX
PA Philadelphia WQHS
PA Blue Bell WRFM
TN Cookeville WTTU
OH University Heights WJCU
PA Schnecksville WXLV
mo Kansas City KCUR
ME Farmington WUMF
MI Kalamazoo WIDR
IA Davenport KALA
OR La Grande KEOL
NE Lincoln KRNU
CA San Bernardino KSSB
NC Boone WASU
SAS Saskatoon CFCR
pq Ste-Foy CHYZ
NY Rochester WFSH
MA Springfield WSCB
CA Norwalk WPMD
ont Mississauga CFRE
il Grayslake CLC / WCLC
IN Muncie WCRD
pa West Chester WCUR
NY Brookville WCWP
AL Auburn WEGL
PA East Stroudsberg WESS
NY Bronx WFUV
MD Frostburg WFWM
NC Raleigh WKNC
ME Orono WMEB
ME Waterville WMHB
IN Terre Haute WMHD
ma Milton WMLN

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Bio

The Last Show is a New York City punk power trio with a sound that lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Justin Lizama describes as “bi-polar rock.” You can hear what he means on “DC (choose a side),” a track from the band’s recently issued EP Honestly Is A Word Used BY Liars. As the song begins, Lizama’s dark melody and foreboding lyrics are propelled by a sonic assault of driving bass, relentless drums and howling guitar feedback. But in an abrupt mood shift, the band breaks into a triumphant punk chorus with the lyric “People, people, take a walk outside / Save your soul, save your mind.”

Lizama says that as a musician and writer, his job is to “confront those issues you have no words for and make words to describe them.” A native of Washington, D.C. with family roots in Guam and the mainland U.S., Justin says he “always felt a normal education would take away from the natural spontaneity of playing music.” Untutored he may be, but Lizama sings, plays electric guitar and writes songs with a fine balance of punk style, musical control, and technical proficiency.

Brian Clemens lays the foundation for the group’s sound with rhythms as diverse as jazz grooves and tribal drumming. He was born in a white-collar suburban part of Brooklyn, New York. He says that where he comes from influences his music “not so much my upbringing as my own self-inflicted life lessons.”

The bass player on Honestly Is A Word Used By Liars was Maria Theodosiadou of Her Vanished Grace, and Tennessee native Dexter Wayne toured with The Last Show in the early summer months. Eric Hauptman of the group Stellar Tuesday is currently filling the spot.