CD Review: The Last Conspirators' "Hold That Thought Forever" | Music | Hudson Valley | Hudson Valley; Chronogram
Pin It
Favorite

CD Review: The Last Conspirators' "Hold That Thought Forever" 

click to enlarge cd-last-conspirators.jpg

The Last Conspirators Hold That Thought Forever

(2016, Driving Rain Music)

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.

Speaking of The Last Conspirators

Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Saugerties Writer's Club @ Saugerties Public Library

Saugerties Writer's Club

Second and Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m. — Do you like to write? Have you ever thought of writing? Join...

6th Annual Summer Hoot

Fri., Aug. 24, Sat., Aug. 25 and Sun., Aug. 26 — A 3-day music festival at The Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY (20...
Huichica Hudson Music Festival @ Chaseholm Farm

Huichica Hudson Music Festival

Fri., Aug. 24, 3 p.m., Sat., Aug. 25, 3 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 26, 3 p.m. — The Huichica Music Festival returns to the Hudson Valley this summer for...
Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018 @ Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

Time Travelers: Hudson Valley Artists 2018

June 16-Nov. 11 — The works in the exhibition recognize the universal human desire to experience...
Putnam County Wine & Food Fest @ Patterson Fire Department

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest

Aug. 25-26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. — Enjoy the best wine and spirits New York has to offer, plus...

View all of today's events

Latest in Arts & Culture

Chronogram on Instagram

@Chronogram