Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Bargain Basement
Music DVD
Send Us Mail
Contact Us

Last Conservative
Pretty New Things
Good Charamel Records

Buffalo, New York's modern rock quartet Last Conservative received national exposure last year with the release of their album On To The Next One which won them XM Radio's contest for The Best Unsigned Band. For their prize, they opened for Bon Jovi's stadium show in Buffalo. Last Conservative have returned in 2006 with their latest disc Pretty New Things which was co-produced by The Goo Goo Dolls' bass player Robby Takac.

The songs have good balance in the instrument dimensions and well defined breaks and build ups and coloring through the drum fills which are all techniques implemented by The Goo Goo Dolls, but what Last Conservative offers more of is a hard rock edge in the melodic verses with a Black Crowes-style garage band texture. The album starts off with a garage rock slant in the modern rock tune "Distractions." The song's melodic rock thickets have parallels to Silversun Pickups and Our Lady Peace. The music fields composed by lead guitarist David Julian, bassist Josh Mullin, and drummer Tom McCluskey have husky layers and a rawness in their melodic inflections. The vocals of lead singer and guitarist TJ Zindle are rugged and toughen the timbre's grip. The guitar solo sharpens the central film while keeping a Crossfade-rock compression.

The vocal melody on "King Of Failure" emotes spontaneous vocal strokes like Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes with rhythm sections that burrow craggy steps. The highlight track on the album is "The Answer" as it lassos embracing chord changes and dynamic vocal motions. "The Answer" is Last Conservative's equivalent to "The Reason" from Hoobastank. It is impressive with evolving movements and motivating successions bathed in a melodic coating.

"The Way You Would Kiss Me" ladles a Keane-like ascension in the verses, whereas "Your Place Or Mine?" trinkets Saves The Day-spurs in the rock blades. The title track glazes multiple lanes of melodic ramps that rise, enlarge, and recede audibly common place for The Goo Goo Dolls. It took "Little Flame" and "Don't Touch Me" to bring back Last Conservative's comparison last year to Dashboard Confessional in their melodic turns and fills and the emo-lithium based lyrics. "Stop Sign" and "Presents and Apologies" return Last Conservative to their garage rock shoals penetrating the melodic lot. The final track "Learning To Stand" pleats softcore punk rhythms into the modern rock garret with guitar expansions and sonic heights that rival Eddie Van Halen.

Last Conservative's previous release was complimented by Hybrid Magazine for touching the G-spot in music fans. If you enjoyed On To the Next One, you will equally enjoy Pretty New Things. Last Conservative are presently on an extensive nationwide club tour and by the looks of their friends list on their myspace page, they are being happily received by the modern rock community.

-Susan Frances

Track listing:
1. Distractions
2. King Of Failure
3. The Answer
4. The Way You Would Kiss Me
5. Your Place Or Mine?
6. Pretty New Things
7. Little Flame
8. Don't Touch Me
9. Stop Sign
10. Presents and Apologies
11. Learning To Stand

Check out more reviews

Talk Back
e-mail the chief

Like this article?
e-mail it to a friend!


Mike Doughty

none now

South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

Rachel Fredrickson

Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo

Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, KS

hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.