Luck Reunion Dives Into Tenderpunk With Illuminati Hotties L.A.'s Upstart Band Gives The Luck Main Stage A Shot Of Energy
LUCK, TX- I always find it odd when I have to travel to another state to catch an L.A. based band perform.
I’ve been meaning to catch Illuminati Hotties for a while now, but the stars (and schedules) never seemed to align for me to do so. It took a few years, but I finally got to catch this band perform live in Spicewood, TX … on Willie Nelson’s ranch no less.
Illuminati Hotties is the brain child of singer/songwriter/producer/engineer Sarah Tudzin. After years working for others, she dropped her debut album in 2018, Kiss Your Frenemies, a solid collection of 11 delightful tracks that carefully straddles the line between inde-pop and garage rock. You can hear Sarah’s studio experience in the pristine mix of each record as the heavily distorted guitars always seem to give way to her playfully delicate vocals.
I did find it somewhat interesting that Luck had Illuminati Hotties take the main stage at Luck. In the past two years I’ve attended this festival, they were probably the most pop/punk friendly act I’ve seen to hit the Luck main stage. Most of the main stage crowd throughout the early afternoon acts are typically Willie Nelson die-hards who are waiting patiently for the evening’s headliner, so acts on the main stage- that I’ve noticed- are typically family members or acts that more align with what Willie has to offer. A little more country . A little more Americana.
I really enjoyed their performance at Luck. All dressed in their trademark matching red and white ensembles- save the drummer who had a blue bandana tied around his neck- Sarah and company ripped through a set that focused on their upbeat cuts to give the midday crowd a little shot of energy to spice up the afternoon, and- to be perfectly frank- was exactly what the main stage needed.
Illuminati Hotties will be back on the road in the U.S. later this year touring with Pup through the month of September.