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ILLUMINATI HOTTIES - “Kiss Yr Frenemies”


Illuminati Hotties - “Kiss Yr Frenemies”

(Tiny Engines)

L.A. studio whiz and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Tudzin has created an indie jewel with its very own fun and fresh sound.

Kiss Yr Frenemies fuses sounds from complimentary genres like pop punk, lo-fi pop, and skater rock in order to take standard indie fare and make it a cut above the rest.   

On the one hand, Tudzin fills the album with tracks that that are peppy, straight-up indie pop like the hit single (You’re Better) Than Ever.

On the other, tracks like Cuff and For Cheez(My Friend, Not the Food slow burn with ambient, shoegaze guitar work and gentle, whispery vocals before bursting into fiery conflagrations at their respective choruses.

Pressed 2 Death keeps you guessing with fun breaks and surprising musical twists and turns.

Lyrically, her songs deal with the growing pangs of reaching adulthood and finding out no instructions are included. She entertains love interests and struggles with feeling rudderless all the while having a blast with parties, couch surfing and skateboarding.

Illuminati Hotties occupy a special level above most indie bands today thanks to Tudzmin’s fertile musical imagination and studio wizardry. She will keep us waiting with bated breath for her next studio release.

Theron Willis

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[Album of the Month] YOUNG SCUM -"Young Scum"


Young Scum - "Young Scum"

(Citrus City)

Richmond rockers Young Scum jingle and jangle their way into your ear holes for their eponymous debut album.

With their vibrant and energetic music propelling their melancholy musings on life and love, they embody indie power pop at its finest.

Case in point is the opening track Wasting Time. This tight, little tune opens with some lush picked-out chords and then, after a quick drum build-up, gets right down to business with the whole band kicking in and vocalist/guitarist Chris Smith crooning about his quarter-life crisis.

Was I naive to think/
At 25 I’d have at least/
One thing figured out?

This entire album is chock-full of these lyrical pearls that speak right to the heart of the millennial malaise.

The music and vocal melodies are so damn catchy, however, that you’ll find yourself tapping your feet and humming along without even realizing how much of a downer the actual words are.

No need to worry about any subliminally-induced depression though. Like blues music, these songs have a cathartic quality of expunging your negative feelings so that you can face the 9-5 workday with a spring in your step and a catchy tune on your lips.

Theron Willis