Modern rock outfit Lit
set to perform at Aerial Theater tonight
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
Tonight at the Aerial Theater, acclaimed
band Lit makes its first appearance in Houston this year.
The band is touring to promote its forthcoming
third album Atomic, due to be released Oct. 16. The first single from the
new record, "Lipstick and Bruises,"
has climbed to No. 13 on this week's Billboard
Modern Rock Listings.
Jon Gipe/RCA Records
Once the leaders of the neo
pop-rock movement, Lit is hoping that its upcoming release, Atomic will
once again make them MTV darlings. The band is set to perform at 8 p.m.
at the Aerial Theatre.
Lit is part of a growing movement of bands
that combine elements of punk, hard rock and radio-friendly tunes to make
a sound that is taking off on American
Lit's music has often been accused of being
unabashed, disposable radio pop.
The four-member band was formed 10 years
ago in Orange County, Calif.
Brothers A. Jay and Jeremy Popoff man the
lead vocals and guitars respectively, while Kevin Baldes plays bass and
Allen Shellenberger handles the
Lit's second album and first release on
its current label RCA, A Place in the Sun, was released in November 1999
to nearly instant success on the charts.
The album featured smash hits "Completely
Miserable," "My Own Worst Enemy" and "Zip-Lock."
The album features catchy songs with a
more upbeat tone than the quartet's first effort, the self-released Tripping
the Light Fantastic.
Opening for Lit is new band Handsome Devil.
The band describes itself as "rock 'n'
roll, devil-style, leaving blood on the stage."
Handsome Devil is signed to Lit's own Dirty
Martini label. A. Jay Popoff produced Handsome Devil's debut album, Love
and Kisses from the Underground.
Unfortunately, Lit may eventually become
a victim of the very movement of which it was once at the forefront.
Bands like Blink-182 and current fad Three
Doors Down have surpassed Lit's success and may force the Los Anglese-based
band to the wayside.
Lit headlined a show at the Woodlands Pavilion
last year, but is back in town at a much smaller venue this time, the Aerial
Theater. If album sales from its
latest record are less than stellar, Lit
may be in for an early retirement from the music scene.
My advice is to go see them while you can:
at 8 p.m. tonight at the Aerial Theater.