They were very short-lived, only releasing three studio albums, an EP and a collection of B-sides before splitting up in The band's original name is taken from actress Natalie Portman, who famously had her head shaved in the film V for Vendetta. The name "Natalie Portman's Shaved Head" was chosen on a whim in the school's food court. They started out with just keyboards and drum machines, but soon gained three more members and developed their musical ability. In , they released their debut album Glistening Pleasure , which was received favourably as being reminiscent of Devo and s music. On June 17, , the band changed their name to Brite Futures, apparently because Natalie Portman was uneasy with her name being used in a band name.
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They hang out together, know each other inside and out, and unlike traditional bands, play several instruments and roles. With the exception of Downey whom they found on MySpace , the band all knew each other from The Center School, a high school in Seattle Center focused on the arts. Smith and Libman started an a cappella electronic group. But with no instruments except for a beat maker and synthesizer, they were brainstorming other options. So they invited England and Price to round out their sound. And to replace the drum machine, they found Downey online and stole him from his band.
The group released its debut album in July and disbanded in Their former name is a reference to actress Natalie Portman 's physical appearance in the film V for Vendetta. The group expanded to a four piece before playing their first major gig, at the grand opening of the Seattle writing center and Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company.
When it closed up shop and relaunched as Brite Futures, frontman Luke Smith told me it was because, well, the future looked so bright. The sun has set on this party-starting dance band, but the future remains bright indeed for its talented musicians. Please share your story tips by emailing editor seattleweekly. Nonprofits, activists are expecting greater need as workers are laid off.