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September 25, 2010

Review: Brite Lite Brite at Virgin Mobile FreeFest

It can’t be easy being the opening band at the Virgin Mobile Freefest, even if you’ve gone through a rigorous selection process for the dubious honor.

This year’s opener, Brite Lite Brite, played in the main pavilion, which a festival staff member told me seats around 5,000 people. Even with a healthy cluster of people crowding the foot of the stage and small groups scattered in the seats, the venue was far too open and overwhelming for the electronica-pop band, whose sound, I suspect, would make far more sense in a small, sweaty dance club.

As it was, the Boston duo’s sound felt a bit diffused and unenergetic. Even the lead singer Andrea Stankevitch, a Kirsten Dunst look-a-like, looked bored throughout most of the set, while her partner Lukas Johnson went from mixing happy pop beats at first to darker, bass-driven dubstep in the second half of the show.

 

Almost everything about the band and their set smacked of the juvenile, from their name, to the mostly barely pubescent fans far too awkward to properly dance to the music, to the schoolgirlish desperation with which Stankevitch rasped the group’s most well-known song, “I Just Want U2 Myself.” Add in some unsophisticated lyrics on their other songs (“I like the boys and the boys like me – hey!”), and an ill-fitting cover of “Tainted Love,” and you get the picture.

Before I saw them play at the festival, I read that the duo had been called a “female-fronted Daft Punk.” That comparison had me excited, because I like Daft Punk and I like women singers even more, but I found it a mainly undeserved compliment. I feel more energized listening to Daft Punk on my tinny computer speakers than I did watching the entire live Brite Lite Brite set, which never really rose above the level of mildly inoffensive but utterly forgettable electronica, better suited for cleaning my house than getting pumped up.

- Yeganeh June Torbati

 Yeganeh June Torbati is a new Baltimore Sun breaking news reporter, and lover of all things Wu-Tang. She tweets at @jtorbati

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Posted by Erik Maza at 2:00 PM | | Comments (3)
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Brite Lite Brite is an awesome band ignore this crappy review and listen for yourself at www.britelitebrite.com I've seen them live in Boston many times and they are a really original band with an awesome live set. So yeah this review is whack and you should check them out you won't be disappointed! ~Brite Lite Brite fan from Boston

Brite Lite Brite is an awesome band ignore this crappy review and listen for yourself at www.britelitebrite.com I've seen them live in Boston many times and they are a really original band with an awesome live set. So yeah this review is whack and you should check them out you won't be disappointed! ~Brite Lite Brite fan from Boston

Brite Lite Brite is an awesome band ignore this crappy review and listen for yourself at www.britelitebrite.com I've seen them live in Boston many times and they are a really original band with an awesome live set. So yeah this review is whack and you should check them out you won't be disappointed! ~Brite Lite Brite fan from Boston

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.
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