A few years ago I was at Seattle’s Capital Hill Block Party, and heard Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head for the first time. They were one of the first bands to play, and I just happened to be at their stage beforehand to see who would be playing over the course of the day. When I saw their name at the top of the list, I looked over to my friend and boldly declared “I have absolutely no idea who this band is, but we need to find out, so help us God.”
Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the slightest. The band’s catchy synth-pop sound is somewhat similar to Passion Pit (they formed a while before Passion Pit, pshhh), and they are super quirky. For example, one of their songs, “Beard Lust,” is the essential manual to having a beard. They are from Seattle, so a lot of the people there were their friends (or familiar with their music), and it basically turned into a big, 45-minute, dance party.
Believe it or not, after four years, the band decided to change their name to Brite Futures. “Why would they change from such a glorious name,” you ask?
We chose our band name on a whim when we were still in high school, and â€œNatalie Portmanâ€™s Shaved Headâ€ has seen us through an unexpectedly amazing four years. Our love affair with Natalieâ€™s name was like a summer fling that lasted… and lasted… and lasted… But now it is summer once again, and time for a change. Also, it has recently come to our attention that our muse Ms. Portman is not so keen on us using her name in ours… Ultimately we are lovers, not fighters, and our mamas didnâ€™t raise no fools, so we feel it is time to move forward with a new name. We are BRITE FUTURES.
To fully appreciate NPSH Brite Futures you NEED to watch this video.
Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (now known as Brite Futures)
Glistening Pleasure (2008):