The heart, soul, tomato sauce, pepperoni, and cheese behind post-punkers Illuminati Hotties is Sarah Tudzin. Her Courtney Barnett-esque style is uniquely placed in a rough-yet-loving vibe that Sarah coins as “Tender-punk”, and I love it. She is a Los Angeles native that travelled clear across the country to Boston to study music production and engineering, and it shows through her debut single, “(You’re Better) Than Ever”, which she wrote, produced, and engineered. The music video for her debut song is shot in one take, and I highly encourage you to check it out!
ALEJANDRO is a diamond in the rough. He likes cake, he likes hot dogs, and he will straight up drive to Palmdale from his home in Pomona to brainstorm with Grammy-award winning writers. There are not many around who can match his level of skill on piano and guitar. In addition to his instrumental expertise, he graces his compositions with his soothing and sensual vocals which pieces together the mood of the song each time without fail. Not only is he a proficient and highly gifted musician, he is also well established in the Los Angeles songwriting community, earning great rapport (and on a first-name basis) with LA’s own powerhouse songwriter Twin Shadow. There seems to be two dominant sides to this man’s musical ability: his intricate and mathematical guitar songwriting, and his even-more-intricate classical training on piano, which he freshly translates into his beat-production. There are not many people around like Alejandro, so go listen to his self-titled E.P. on Bandcamp, follow him on everything, and give me a call to tell me how much you’ve waited for music like this. Go ahead … I’ll wait.
Welcome to Sad Disco, where The Unending Thread takes the most painful thoughts you ever had, and channels them into your feet with an irresistibly body-grooving sound that leaves you two-stepping all over your own feelings. Brilliantly fusing elements of everything I love about post-hardcore and disco (I know, right?), the resulting sound is an emotionally-charged jam that includes the incendiary styles of Julian Tallman on drums. I need to mention his ingenious secondary-hat cymbal setup that includes the placement of a broken ride cymbal underneath a solid one, allowing for an interesting and biting sonic addition to his kit. Let’s not forget the group’s hyper-talented vocals and string section, consisting of Kim Reyes on bass and CSUN media composer Cesar Alas on guitar. The post edge shows clearly in the two’s vocal style. The melodies they sing hold sentiment to pop punk, while holding its own in the disco realm. This band is clearly making great strides towards their own unique sound. Their self-titled E.P. is split in two, with the beginning tracks showing how they have polished and honed in their disco beat, and the second half being so hardcore that you would even question, is this band still that sad, or did they just learn how to dance off their aggression? We will just have to stay tuned and find out. Give them a listen on Spotify, give them a follow on everything, and come out on Oct. 4th for their performance at the Silverlake venue, The Satellite, as they support fellow LA heads, Decorator, and their October residency. AJ, out.
Echo Park post-punkers Billy Changer hold a New Wave sentiment against their dreamy tunes, with a cathartic romance and style that reaches back to the days of Joy Division and The Cure. Their supporting set at the Zebulon Café Concert was phenomenal. The up and coming venue was packed for the second night of The Entire Universe’s September-October residency, and Billy Changer earned every ounce of the audience’s love which was portrayed in every dance step and head bop of each fan. Their single “She’s Good to Go” asks us to just jump in the car already and join their ride. Catchy, ethereal guitar riffs and atmospheres bite into you while building to a climactic ending that places us at the precipice of our dreams of self-fulfillment, realized through “her” story- perhaps a lover, perhaps a stranger, but definitely a love, moving on in life. Their songs are definitely worth a line of consecutive listens. Check them out, and catch a show of theirs when they get back from Texas.