The Illuminati

The Illuminati


An eclectic, genre-shattering fusion of indie, alternative, psychedelia, punk, funk, blues, jam, grunge, reggae, jazz, country, and more mixed with social conciousness and the highest of all art forms -- Rock-n-Roll.


Looking for something different musically? Pennsylvania’s indie/alternative rock act, the Illuminati, is pushing the envelope of modern music with their unique collage of sonic intensity. The genres change from song to song , but elements of psychedelia, punk, funk, blues, reggae, grunge, jam, R&B, metal, jazz, and even country can all be found. The lyrics and moods run the gamut from fun and light-hearted to dark, political, and loud. Frontman, Stephen Musti states that the band’s primary ambition is to "genuinely transcend the boundaries of modern music classification . . . Our influences are extremely diverse and we take great pride in the fact that our music reflects that."

Guitarist/keyboardist, Aaron Hoke, agrees. "Very few people will like everything we do, but most will like some. We are undoubtedly an acquired taste.”

Although primarily an original act, the Illuminati does cover other people’s music in live situations. Songs by artists as diverse as Alicia Keys, the Cure, David Allen Coe, and Jimi Hendrix have all received the signature llluminati treatment. The tunes chosen are ones that most audiences are familiar with, but the numbers are usually rearranged and given new words and meanings.

The Illuminati launched in 2003 with the five-song EP, "Because." The leadoff track "Final Fight," a catchy mix of rock and ska, has garnered multiple spins on indie radio shows up and down the east coast (including WXPN, Philadelphia and WGRX, Baltimore) and the EP has been heralded by critics from publications such as Rockpile Magazine, the East Coast Rocker, and Origivation Magazine. Their debut full-length album, "Love and War," was just released in spring 2006. Both recordings were engineered and co-produced with great care and expertise by Michael Watert, of Serious Sound Studios of York, PA. On display are the band’s technical and production talents as well as their ability to move seamlessly from one musical style to another, while always maintaining their immediately recognizable sound.

The Illuminati is not trying to modernize 70s punk, resurrect 80s new wave, or reconstitute any other genres. They are looking to start something new and they need progressive, open-minded people who understand that the American (and global) populace want the same. Their recorded material has received international acclaim and air play and their live performances have garnered regional attention. Love them or leave them, few bands can legitimately profess either the expansive repertoire or the distinctive vision that the Illuminati inherently possesses.


Final Fight

Written By: Stephen Musti

Well ja rememba that night
Our Final Fight
I drive 40 miles through da deep dark night
Just ta get to yo houze
Ain’t nobody home
And you can’t even answer on your telephone
Oh, what a shame, we play these games
Ju and me baby we’re too much the same
Flesh on flesh, black on white
And still we continue to fight

‘Cuz ju know that I love you
And still you turn away
Ja only ever listen to
The bad things that I say
So please don’t condemn me
My eyes for you are true
Ja only ebba rememba
Those bad things dat I do

Well, words be nimble, words be brick
My words they come out way to quick
For me to control, for you to behold
But all is fair in Love and War
Da tongue is mightier than the sword
And no greater power, for none dat there is
Than to live, and to love, and . . . . forgive



Living Proof

Written By: Stephen Musti

All your money means nothing
To me and my friends
And all your powers won’t save you
In the end
And every hour that passes
Brings us closer to that day
But still you devour the masses
For shame

And do you ever think of me
Living Proof of your disease
Sick from greed and torn by war
Can I die some more?
Can I?

All the oil that you sell us
Will someday fuel your fate
We fight for the soil that you tell us
Inherently makes us great
And all Creation believes you
Until that fateful day
When a sleeping nation awakens
Too late

Chorus II
And do you ever think of us
In God and money do we trust
Teach us how you live so pure
And make us die some more
Can we die some more?
Can we?


EP "Because" released June 2003
Full-Length "Love and War" available now!
MP3 samples available at and

Set List

The Illuminati's set list is immense to say the least. It consists of over 300 songs. Originals number about 100 and range greatly in style. Covers include reverent and not-so reverent versions of songs by artists as diverse as Hendrix, Coldplay, Pink Floyd, the Violent Femmes (not "Blister in the Sun"), the Beatles, Cake, the Sex Pistols, REM, the Stones, David Allen Coe, Alicia Keys, U2, and the Cure. This band is usually "warmed up" after about half an hour.