Rockers Potty Mouth were the first to take the stage, kicking off the night with a bang. Songs like “22” and “Cherry Picking” drew the crowd in for some head-bopping, but then the band turned things up a notch with “Liar” and the audience loved it. They closed out their set with “I Wanna” which gave me very grunge 2000s girl band vibes - definitely left an impression on me!
I have heard a lot of talk about Illuminati Hotties in the scene, unfortunately though I did not get around to listening to them before the night of the show. Seeing a band live is always a great way to experience them for the first time, especially when they are as fantastic as Illuminati Hotties. I was hooked after the soothing tune of their first song “(You’re Better) Than Ever”. After playing through some tacks from their 2018 album ‘Kiss Yr Frenemies’, the band then announced that they would be bringing out a very special guest for the next song. Jeremy Andrew Hunter, sometimes better known Skatune Network, took the stage with their trombone to help out with “Paying Off The Happiness”. As if this performance couldn’t get any more exciting, lead singer Sarah Tudzin hopped onto drums as the gang vocals kicked in. With her catchy songs, the one woman band, Illuminati Hotties captures the ups and downs of early adulthood. Tudzin performed a new song with lyrics, “I’m too sad to do my laundry” and that is definitely one of the most relatable things I’ve heard. “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog”, off their album released in March of this year, continued with the relatable adulthood frustrations of dating. “You’re alright, but I wanna keep your dog.”
With their release of Morbid Stuff in April 2019, PUP is back and angrier than ever. They started their set off with some of the new tracks like “Kids”, one of my favorites off the album, as well as “See You at Your Funeral”. The very talented Jeremy Andrew Hunter was welcomed to the stage once again with their trombone to skank their way through “Free At Last”. Honestly, what can’t Jeremy do? I was very happy though to hear a good mix of old and new bops, “Dark Days” and “Reservior” being some of my other favorites. PUP ended their energetic set with “If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You, I will” and “DVP”, both being fan favorites even though the crowd did not want the night to end.
Emmely is a Florida-based photographer with a passion for concert photography. When she's not photographing Emmely can be found dogspotting, reading or catching up on the latest social justice issues. She is currently studying sociology and psychology at the University of Florida.