After years of uncertainty including label disputes, unpaid royalties and a surprise (and successful) album drop, illuminati hotties the project of producer/writer Sarah Tudzin have arrived… And she is ready to make some noise. Her new album Let Me Do One More is three years in the making and Tudzin’s most defiant and accomplished record to date.
Out today is the vibrant, clever, and undeniably fun “Pool Hopping.”“It’s POOL HOPPING SUMMER.” Says Tudzin. “I’m so stoked to have grilled up a splashy new song & music video (directed by Katie Neuhof) to soundtrack your wettest & wildest parties to date. This track is for when it’s hot, you’re crushing on someone new, and your adventure senses are tingling. Come on in, the water’s fine!!!”
Earlier this year Tudzin teased new music with “MMMOOOAAAAAYAYA”, a song which received widespread critical acclaim including Pitchfork’s Best New Track status, but nothing has come easy for Tudzin who’s talent for songwriting is only matched by her technical ability and production experience.
After the success of her debut album, Kiss Yr Frenemies, and coining the term “tenderpunk,” illuminati hotties were on their way to recording and releasing a highly-anticipated sophomore album. However, things at the label started to fall apart, and illuminati hotties found themselves stuck in a contract with a label who didn’t have the infrastructure to put out the album the band had been crafting for months. “It felt like any momentum came to a screeching halt. It felt painful to pick up a guitar, to write, to record any loose ends that needed to happen to wrap up the album,” Sarah recalls.
With the emotional turmoil and uncertainty building over the label situation, Tudzin turned her focus to a new batch of songs that would become FREE I.H. Funneling all the raw feelings and letting go of any inhibitions, illuminati hotties released the collection of songs, carefully not defined as the “new album.” The critically-acclaimed, fan favorite, release closed the chapter on the label drama, and opened up the band musically to a whole world of possibilities.
The positive response to FREE I.H. brought back the energy and intention that had seeped out after the label fallout, and Sarah dove straight into the new album, Let Me Do One More. According to Sarah, “The songs tell a story of my gremlin-ass running around LA, sneaking into pools at night, messing up and starting over, begging for attention for one second longer, and asking the audience to let me do one more.”
With the album shaping up, Sarah knew that she didn’t want to sign a traditional label deal anymore. After all the work to get herself back creatively, she wanted to maintain as much autonomy and creative control as possible. She started an imprint label, Snack Shack Tracks, and partnered with Los Angeles-based, independent label, Hopeless Records. Together, they’re gearing up to release Let Me Do One More.
While FREE I.H. felt like an experimental conduit for self-expression at breakneck speed, Let Me Do One More is the fully-realized creative vision of two years of ambition, heartache, uncertainty, redemption, and ultimately triumph. Sarah reflects, “I love these songs and they’re a part of me and I’m proud of them.”
This IS the one you’ve been waiting for.
Pre-order Let Me Do One More HERE.
illuminati hotties were recently announced as support for Death Cab For Cutie on their upcoming west coast run in September. On October 2nd, the band will make their return to Los Angeles for their headlining show at Zebulon. See all illuminati hotties tour dates below:
illuminati hotties 2021 tour dates:
09/15/21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
*09/17/21 – Napa, CA – Oxbow RiverStage
*10/02/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon
* supporting/ Death Cab For Cutie